Permitting efficiency requirements
Changes to Minn. Stat. 116.03, Subd. 2b., enacted on March 4, 2011, set a goal for the MPCA to issue or deny a permit within 150 days of receipt of a complete application. To achieve that goal, the MPCA attempts to review permit requests and notify applicants whether or not their application is complete enough for processing within 30 business days of receipt. If an application is considered incomplete, the MPCA must identify the deficiencies and advise applicants on how to fix them.
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.
For a solid waste permit application to be considered complete, all required forms and checklists must be completed in full according to the instructions provided.
Solid waste permit applications
Submit by mail. All permit applications must be mailed to the MPCA:
Solid Waste Permit Document Coordinator
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul MN 55155-4194
Forms. There are now three separate application forms based on the type of permit activity you are applying for.
- Permit application for issuance, reissuance, or major modification (w-sw3-33)
- Permit application change of ownership/operator/landowner (w-sw3-33a)
- Permit application for minor modification (w-sw3-33b)
A minor modification is a change that will not result in allowing an actual or potential increase in the discharge of pollution into the environment or that will not result in a reduction of the agency's ability to monitor the permittee's compliance with applicable statutes and rules (Minn. R. 7001.0190, subp. 3)
Permit application for issuance, reissuance, or major modification
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 application form and include all applicable checklists and supporting documents. The checklists are listed below. Previously submitted documents CANNOT be referenced; all necessary documents must be included in this package.
Follow the instructions 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.
All solid waste facilities must complete the following checklist: Solid Waste Facility Application Checklist
Specific waste activities. The following checklists provide final application information requirements for specific facilities/activities. Complete all checklists that apply to your site.
- SSOM Compost facility application checklist
- Demolition Debris Land Disposal Facilities
- Industrial Solid Waste Land Disposal Facilities
- Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Combustor Ash Land Disposal Facilities
- Mixed Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Land Disposal Facilities
- Solid Waste Transfer Station Application Checklist
- Solid Waste Compost Facility
- Refuse-Derived Fuel Processing Facilities
Permit application change of ownership/operator/landowner
When applying for a change in ownership or control of a facility, checklists are not necessary, complete the application form according to the instructions on the form. Include one (1) hard copy of the complete application and a disk with an electronic (PDF) version.
The new owner or operator must submit a revised permit application to the commissioner no later than 90 days before the scheduled change in ownership or control. More information can be found in Minn. R. 7001.0190.
Permit application for minor modification
When applying for a minor permit modification, only applicable checklists are necessary along with the completed the application form. Follow the instructions on the form. Include one (1) hard copy of the complete application submittal package and a disk with an electronic (PDF) version.
Transfer station and SSOM compost facility extension notifications will not be reviewed for completeness.
- Extended Permit Notification Form - Solid Waste Transfer Facility or SSOM Compost Facility
- Solid Waste Transfer Facility Extended Permit Notification - Fact sheet
Permit-by-rule notifications will not be reviewed for completeness.
Yard Waste Compost Facility Permit-by-rule Notification is now available online. Before going to the e-Services webpage, please review the documents below for assistance. The guidance document outlines what information is required to complete and submit the notification. You will also need to have the Yard Waste Permit-by-rule Local Acknowledgment Form completed before you can submit the notification.
- Yard Waste PBR e-Services Guidance
- Yard Waste Composting PBR Local Acknowledgment Form
- e-Services webpage
These Permit-by-rule Notifications must still be submitted using paper forms.
- Solid Waste Transfer Facility Permit-By-Rule (PBR) Notification
- Demolition Debris Disposal Facility - Permit-by-Rule (PBR)
- Site Closure Form for Permit-By-Rule (PBR) Demolition Debris Disposal Facility
- Solid Waste Recycling Facility Permit-By-Rule (PBR)
Case Specific Beneficial Use Determination (CSBUD) and Demonstration/Research Project (DRP)
- General Permit for Disposal of Uncontaminated Concrete (w-sw3-49c)
- Disposal of Uncontaminated Concrete - General Permit Form (w-sw3-49b)
If an individual permit, general permit, PBR, CSBUD, or DRP is no longer needed, a notice of termination request must be submitted to the MPCA using the e-Services portal. A solid waste permit may longer be needed if the facility has closed, no longer performs the permitted solid waste activities, or no longer needs coverage under a general permit. If there are any questions, please contact permitting staff assigned to the facility or compliance staff assigned to the region.
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MPCA staff contacts for assistance with solid waste permit application forms.
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