A permit is required for an activity that will disturb more than 10,000 square feet (0.23 acre) of land area within a shoreland protection zone (i.e. within 1,000 feet of a lake or DNR-protected wetland, or within 300 feet of the Prior Lake Outlet Channel). This threshold becomes 43,560 sq. ft. (one acre) for activities outside of a shoreland protection zone. Permits are also required from the municipality in which the activity is to take place; contact your municipality (i.e. City or County) for information about their permitting requirements.
All land disturbing activities, whether or not they require a permit from the District, must be completed in compliance with the standards and criteria of the District’s Rules and in conformance with best management practices. The District’s Rules are included in the Permit Handbook.
See the Permit Handbook below for more detailed information.
NOTE: The Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District has a Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Savage and the City of Prior Lake where the Cities assume permitting responsibility within its areas of jurisdiction that are subject to the PLSLWD Rules. PLSLWD also has a Memorandum of Agreement with Scott County which covers projects which occur in Spring Lake and Sand Creek Townships. These Cities and the County have adopted stormwater and buffer requirements that are equivalent to PLSLWD Rules. If a project falls within the Watershed District in these cities or townships, only a City permit (or County permit for the townships) will be required.
The District’s Rules require that any person or political subdivision undertaking an activity for which a permit is required must submit a permit application to the District for review.
The permit application package must be filed with the District at least 14 calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting date of the Board of Managers to be considered for inclusion on that meeting agenda. Late or incomplete submittals will be scheduled to a subsequent meeting date. Note that applications for subdivision projects should be submitted to the District prior to preliminary plat approval, preferably at the same time that the preliminary plat application is submitted to the local municipality.
The Board of Managers holds its regular monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:00 p.m., to discuss and act on the business of the District, including permit applications. The meetings are usually held at the Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN. However, the meeting date, time or location may occasionally change due to meeting room conflicts or holidays; therefore, it is important to verify with District staff the date, time and location of a specific meeting.
A permit application will not be processed for consideration by the Board of Managers until the information required in the Rules has been provided and the application has been determined by District staff to be complete. To allow time to resolve questions and making any necessary revisions, the District recommends that applications be submitted 1-3 months prior to the meeting, depending on the complexity of the project.
See the Permit Handbook below for more detailed information and application materials.
See the Permit Handbook for permit information, application information and materials as well as District Rules.