Final 2018 general permit for Construction
The MPCA has finalized the 2018 construction permit. You can view the permit and associated documents below. The permit will not become effective until August 1, 2018. If you are applying for the permit before August 1, 2018, you will be covered under the 2013 permit. Those permittees will either need to complete the project within 18 months of the issuance date of the new permit or revise the stormwater pollution prevention plan for the project to reflect the new requirements.
Individuals applying for coverage on or after August 1, 2018, will receive a copy of the permit along with a coverage letter. The MPCA will no longer be providing a coverage card.
Permit and associated documents
- 2018 NPDES/SDS permit for construction activity: Final permit (wq-strm2-80a)
- 2018 NPDES/SDS permit for construction activity: Red-line (wq-strm2-80b)
- 2018 NPDES/SDS permit for construction activity: Public Comments received (wq-strm2-80c)
- 2018 NPDES/SDS permit for construction activity: Response to Public Comments received (wq-strm2-80d)
- 2018 NPDES/SDS permit for construction activity: What’s new in the 2018 construction permit (wq-strm2-80h)
This permitting service was redeveloped in October 2015. You will need to create a new account if you used the older version of this service.
When stormwater drains off a construction site, it carries sediment and other pollutants that 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. Controlling erosion can significantly reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants transported by runoff from construction sites.
To keep Minnesota’s valuable water resources clean, the MPCA issues permits to construction site owners and their operators to prevent stormwater pollution during and after construction.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)/State Disposal System (SDS) Construction Stormwater General Permit authorizes stormwater runoff from construction sites. This permit was reissued on August 1, 2018.
Who needs an NPDES/SDS permit
You need an NPDES/SDS permit 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 is greater than one acre. See: Common Plans of Development for more information.
- Less than one acre of soil, but the MPCA determines that the activity poses a risk to water resources.
How to apply for a NPDES/SDS permit
Owners and operators are both responsible for submitting the permit application. Owners and operators of construction activity must complete several steps before completing a permit application and beginning construction.
Permit and program forms
Instructions and fact sheets
Permit Number: MN R 100001, issued on August 1, 2018.
The online General Stormwater Permit Application can be completed and submitted electronically. Permit coverage will begin 1 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.
Use this form to terminate permit coverage or to transfer ownership of the entire site or portions of the site (Subdivision Registration)
View the status of your permits online.
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 Appendix A of the General Stormwater Permit.
Use this tool to identify if your construction site is within one mile of a special or impaired water.
- Stormwater Compliance Assistance Toolkit for Small Construction Operators (wq-strm2-09)
- Construction Stormwater Permit Overview (wq-strm2-05)
- Steps to construction
- Training requirements for the Construction Stormwater Permit (wq-strm2-31)
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) (wq-strm2-29)
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) checklist (wq-strm2-47)
- Construction SWPPP Template (wq-strm2-12)
- Construction Stormwater Inspection Checklist (wq-strm2-36)
- Construction Stormwater Special Waters Search
- How to Use the Notice of Termination/ Permit Modification Form
- Homeowner Fact Sheet (wq-strm2-07)
- Reporting Construction Site Stormwater Discharges (wq-strm2-105)
Best management practices (BMP) guidance
- Stormwater Construction Inspector's Field Guide (wq-strm2-11)
- Stormwater Construction Inspection Guide (wq-strm2-10)
- Top 5 Construction Stormwater Permit Violations (wq-strm2-38)
- Perimeter control (wq-strm2-26)
- Temporary natural buffers for surface water and permanent buffers to special waters (wq-strm2-30)
- Constructing Infiltration Systems (wq-strm2-37)
- Concrete, paint, stucco and other washout guidance (wq-strm2-24)
- Site Stabilization (wq-strm2-25)
- Storm Drain Inlet Protection
- Vehicle tracking
- Common Plans of Development
- Solar Sites and Stormwater Management
- Crop production on NPDES/SDS permitted sites
- Agricultural Conservation Practice Projects
- Drainage Ditch Projects
- Road construction concrete slurry guidance
- EPA guidance on concrete washout requirements
- Forest Road Exemption Guidance
- Linear Utility Projects
- Emergency Application Overview
- Preventing Further Damage After Floods
- Owner Responsibilities Under the Construction Stormwater Permit
- Untreated Stormwater Runoff to Lakes, Streams, and Wetlands
General stormwater management guidance
- Minnesota Stormwater Manual
- Stormwater Best Management Practices- Protecting Water Quality in Urban Areas
- Stormwater and wetlands: Planning and evaluation guidelines (wq-strm1-07)
- Plants for Stormwater Design
Links to additional information
- Report a complaint: Report observed pollution problems to your regional inspector (see map below) or submit a complaint online at the Citizen Complaints page.
- Technical assistance: Contact your regional inspector (see map below).
- Permit application questions: Refer to the fact sheet Getting started with MPCA e-Services, visit the e-Services webpage, or email us at email@example.com.
- General program questions: Contact the Statewide Compliance Coordinator, Brian Green, at 507-206-2610.