Homeowner Permitting

When do I need a permit?

  • Disturb 5,000+ square feet

  • Fill and/or excavate 50+ cubic yards

  • Add or reconstruct hard surfaces - if property total will be 10,000+ square feet of hard surfaces INCLUDING GRAVEL (house, driveway, garage/outbuildings, pool/sport areas, etc)

Our permitting standards include requirements for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, buffers for water resources, shoreline alterations, water crossings, and flood control.

If a construction project meets all applicable rules and pays any required application fees, the  permit is reviewed by staff for final approval.  Only variance requests are required to go to the BCWD Board for approval.  Our staff also conducts routine inspections of construction sites to ensure standards are met through project completion.

Staff are available for a free pre-application meeting (typically virtually) to discuss your proposed project early in your process to help you determine what rules are triggered, what submittals will be required, and the amount of the permit fee. Contact karen.kill@mnwcd.org to set up a pre-application meeting.

Application Deadlines

Only variance requests are required to go the BCWD Board for approval.  Staff will review all other requests for single family home project requests.

Regular Board meetings are generally the 2nd Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 PM.

A complete permit application which includes all required exhibits shall be received by the District at least 28 full days prior to the scheduled meeting date of the Board of Managers. Late submittals or submittals with incomplete exhibits will be scheduled to a subsequent meeting date.  Submitting materials by the below deadlines does not guarantee your application will be presented at the next Board meeting.  The Board encourages applicants to attend the meeting when the Board is considering their permit application.

*Permit applications and support materials must be submitted electronically to karen.kill@mnwcd.org.*

Application Submittal Deadline (4:00pm)*  /  Board Meeting Date

January 11, 2023  /  February 8, 2023
February 8, 2023  /  March 8, 2023
March 15, 2023  /  April 12, 2023
April 12, 2023  /  May 10, 2023
May 17, 2023  /  June 14, 2023
June 14, 2023  /  July 12, 2023
July 12, 2023  /  August 16, 2023
August 16, 2023  /  September 13, 2023
September 13, 2023  /  October 11, 2023
October 11, 2023  /  November 8, 2023
November 15, 2023  /  December 13, 2023

*All necessary materials must be included.
BCWD staff will review submittal for completeness within 15 business days. 

BCWD Rule Guidance

BCWD developed several guidance document to help applicants with their submittals.

Permit Extension Form

Frequently Asked Questions

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