When stormwater drains off a construction site, it carries sediment and other pollutants that can harm lakes, streams, and wetlands. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 20 to 150 tons of soil per acre are lost every year to stormwater runoff from construction sites. MPCA issues coverage to construction site owners and their operators under the Construction Stormwater general permit to prevent stormwater pollution during and after construction, and protect Minnesota's water resources.
Who needs a permit?
You need permit coverage if you are the owner or operator for any construction activity disturbing:
- One acre or more of soil
- Less than one acre of soil, if that activity is part of a larger "common plan of development or sale" that covers more than one acre
Common plan of development or sale
A common plan of development or sale – such as a subdivision, phased project, or combination of construction activities – is an area where multiple, contiguous, separate land-disturbing activities may happen on different schedules, but under one proposed plan.
Check if you need construction stormwater subdivision registration from the MPCA before construction begins. If a portion of a permitted project is sold, such as a single lot in a residential development, use the subdivision registration form (see table below) to transfer permit coverage to the new owner/contractor. This process allows a single permit covering an entire site to be broken up or “subdivided” to cover many different builders and sites.
- See: Common plan of development (wq-strm2-22) for more information.
Examples of common plan of development activities that require permit coverage
Apply for coverage
See the Steps to construction page for full details on what to do before you apply. Apply for construction stormwater permit coverage online. For assistance, refer to Getting started with MPCA e-Services, visit the e-Services webpage, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: All required wetland permits or determinations must be complete before application.
Permit and program forms
Instructions and fact sheets
Permit Number: MN R 100001, issued on August 1, 2018.
Complete and submit online. Permit coverage will begin one business day after submitting a complete application.
If the project is located in a Tribal Reservation, you will need to obtain permit coverage from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
|Permit modification form (wq-strm2-60c)||For modifying information provided on the original application||Guidance for stormwater permit forms (wq-strm2-60i)|
|Subdivision registration form (wq-strm2-60a)||For transferring permit coverage on a portion of a site already covered by the permit||See Guidance for stormwater permit forms above|
|Transfer form (wq-strm2-60b)||For transferring permit coverage for an entire site to a new owner or contractor||See Guidance for stormwater permit forms above|
|Notice of termination||For terminating permit coverage||All permit terminations must be done electronically using e-services
If you are new to this process, please read the
Notice of termination online: Construction Stormwater Permits (wq-strm2-108)
- Developing the 2018 general permit
- Minnesota NPDES/SDS Construction Stormwater General Permit (wq-strm2-68a) (2013)
Special waters and impaired waters
NPDES/SDS permits for construction sites with a discharge point that flows towards, and is within one mile (aerial radius measurement) of specially protected and impaired waters require additional controls and conditions as outlined in section 23 of the General Stormwater Permit.
Use this tool to identify if your construction site is within one mile of a special or impaired water.
- Special Waters List
- Known Calcareous Fens List
- General Information about Impaired Waters and the Current TMDL List of Impaired Waters
- Stormwater hotline (651-757-2119, 800-657-3804)
- Online permit application: email@example.com
- Register a complaint: Citizen complaints page
- Technical assistance: See map of Construction Stormwater Compliance and Enforcement Coverage Area Map (wq-strm2-112)