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Solid Waste Permit Application Forms

Permitting efficiency requirements

Changes to Minn. Stat. 116.03, Subd. 2(b), enacted on March 3, 2011, set a goal for MPCA to issue or deny a permit within 150 days of receipt of a complete application. To achieve that goal, beginning July 1, 2011, the MPCA will review permit applications for completeness within 30 business days of application receipt and notify the applicant of whether or not the application is substantially complete. If the permit application is determined to be incomplete, the MPCA will identify where deficiencies exist and advise the applicant on how they can be remedied.

If the MPCA fails to notify the project proposer within 30 business days, the application is deemed to be substantially complete. Even though an application may be determined to be substantially complete, additional details may be requested to clarify or supplement information provided in the application submittal package. In order for the MPCA to meets its goal of issuing permits within 150 days, your prompt response to all requests is necessary.

Success in meeting the 150-day goal will be reported to the Governor and Legislature semiannually. Some of the specific reasons for not achieving the goal that must be reported include the responsiveness of the proposer, lack of staff, scientific or technical disagreements, or public engagement.

For an application to be considered complete, all required forms and checklists must be completed in full according to the instructions provided. If a specific item does not apply to your facility, you must state that it is not applicable and provide any additional justification for why it doesn't apply.

All applications for solid waste facility permit issuance, reissuance, major modification, minor modification, and utilization projects will be reviewed for completeness. Permit-by-rule notifications and transfer station extension notifications will not be reviewed for completeness.

Instructions for completing and submitting application forms

To apply for a solid waste facility permit, an applicant must submit one (1) hard copy of the complete application submittal package and a disk with an electronic (PDF) version. The permit application package must begin with the Permit Application for the Construction and Operation of a Solid Waste Facility form linked here and below. The permit application submittal package must also include all applicable checklists and supporting documents. The checklists are also listed below. Previously submitted documents CANNOT be referenced; all necessary documents must be included in this package.

To apply for a solid waste utilization permit: Case-specific Beneficial Use Determination (CSBUD) or Demonstration/Research Project (DRP), use the Application for Utilization Project form linked here and on the Solid Waste Utilization Publications webpage.

Follow the instruction provided on the forms and checklist and thoroughly review all applicable Minnesota Rules, Statutes and MPCA Guidance Documents. If you'd like assistance or have questions about the forms, please contact the MPCA solid waste staff assigned to your region.

To assist permit applicants with providing complete applications, the MPCA is modifying, revising, and developing forms, checklist and other tools. All of these tools will be posted on this Web page. Please check back frequently for new and updated forms.

Each form is available as either a Microsoft Word template file for word processing (.doc) or an Adobe Acrobat file (.pdf) or both. If you use the word processing template (.doc) version, you can fill in the appropriate information directly on the form. If you download the Adobe Acrobat Reader from this Web site, you should be able to read and print the Acrobat (.pdf) forms and complete them manually.

General application form

All solid waste facilities must complete this form.

Permit application checklists

Solid waste facilities

All solid waste facilities must complete the following checklists:

Specific waste activities

The following checklists provide final application information requirements for specific facilities/activities. Each facility must complete all checklists that apply to its site.

Waste-specific permit application forms

Permit-by-Rule (PBR)

Yard Waste Compost Facility Permit-by-Rule Notification in now available online. Before going to the new e-Services webpage, please review the documents below for assistance. The Guidance Document outlines what information is required to complete and submit the notification form. You will also need to have the Yard Waste Permit-by-Rule Local Acknowledgment Form completed before you can submit the notification.

The following Permit-by-Rule Notifications must still be submitted using paper forms.

Extended permit notification: Solid Waste Transfer Facility or SSOM Compost Facility

Annual report forms

2014 annual reports for solid waste facilities are due February 1, 2015, with the exception of composting and recycling facility reports which are due March 1, 2015. Data entry must done using ReTRAC Connect and the account set up last year for each solid waste facility.

Each facility must also submit a 2014 annual report via email to The report must include copies of the completed data entry screens from ReTRAC and all supporting documents. The required supporting documents are listed on the ReTRAC reporting forms.

Helpful links and documents:

Electronic data submittal

Fact sheets


For more information about solid waste permit application forms, see staff contacts below:

Detroit Lakes area:

Compliance/permitting Jon Buck 218-846-8109
Engineering/permitting Lisa Mojsiej 651-757-2373
Hydrogeology Neal Wilson 651-757-2827


Duluth area:
Compliance/permitting Lee Field 218-302-6609
Engineering/permitting Vacant  
Hydrogeology Alex Hokenson 651-757-2440


Brainerd area:
Compliance/permitting Lee Field 218-302-6609
Engineering/permitting Dan Vleck 218-316-3856
Hydrogeology Alex Hokenson
Neal Wilson


Willmar area:
Compliance/permitting Chris Green 507-476-4258
Engineering/permitting Tony Bello 651-757-2219
Hydrogeology Mark Rys 651-757-2685


Rochester area:
Compliance/permitting Jake Brady 507-206-2646
Engineering/permitting Sherri Nachtigal 507-206-2600
Hydrogeology Eric Porcher 507-206-2648


Twin Cities metro area:
Compliance/permitting Scott Parr
Shelly Siewert
Engineering/permitting Abdi Hassan 651-757-2449
Hydrogeology Megan Lindstrom  651-757-2343


Major Industrial Facilities Julie Henderson 651-757-2423
Last modified on October 06, 2015 13:00