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Title: Water Appropriation Irrigation Permit
Alternate Title: Irrigation Permit
Description: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Subject: Water
Water Appropriation
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:18:27 PM
Modification Date: 7/6/2023 9:31:06 AM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources, hunting, fishing, state forests, state parks, lakes, rivers, streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Division Name: Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: 651-259-5100
Division Fax: 651-296-1811
Division URL:
Division Address:
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 25, St. Paul, MN 55155-4032 |

St. Paul
MN 55155-4032

Audience: Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

Contact the DNR, Division of Ecological and Water Resources for details.

Check the MN DNR Appropriation Permit Program at Water use permits for more information.

A water appropriation permit is required to appropriate or use waters of the state (ground water or surface water) except for the following: domestic use by 25 persons or less and appropriations which do not exceed 10,000 gallons per day and totaling no more than one million gallons per year.

Rules: 6115.0600 - .0810

Statutes: 103G.271

Forms: Irrigation Water Appropriation Permit Application Form 

Apply for Irrigation Water Appropriation Permits on the DNR website, MPARS (MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System)

open MPARS 

Apply for water permits and well construction preliminary assessments, request changes to existing permits, and report annual water use using MPARS.

open MPARS

MPARS is the easiest and most convenient method for most people to apply for water appropriation permits. If it is not possible for you to apply online, paper application forms may be downloaded by clicking the links below. Please note that the use of paper forms may not offer the efficiency or speed of the MPARS online process, and may result in the need for more follow-up with DNR staff to obtain needed information.

For more information contact MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Ecological and Water Resources at 651-259-5700.


One-time application fee - $150

After-the-fact application fee - $300

Annual water use reporting fee based on the total amount of water appropriated. See fee rates at Water use fee rates

Period of Issuance:

Ongoing unless specified, but subject to submittal of an annual report of water use and DNR review.

Length of Determination: Varies, dependent on completeness of the application, water-dependent natural resources nearby, and complexity of proposal. (Local units of government have 30 day review period.)
Other Info:
Activity: Water Appropriation
License Detail URL:

Water use permits

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