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Title: Water Appropriation General Permit -Animal Feedlots & Livestock Operations
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Description: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Subject: Feedlots
Water Appropriation
Waters, Public
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:18:24 PM
Modification Date: 10/31/2019 1:00:17 PM
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 and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.
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

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Animal Feedlots and Livestock Operations General Permit 2004-0275

This general permit authorizes surface water or groundwater appropriations up to 5 million gallons per year for livestock watering and sanitation purposes.

To be included under General Permit 2004-0275, animal feedlots and livestock operations must comply with all conditions and limitations of the permit and meet the following criteria:

  • Operations must have a minimal potential for causing adverse environmental impacts;
  • Water appropriations cannot exceed 5 million gallons per year;
  • Prior authorization to use General Permit 2004-0275 must be requested by submitting an application using the MPARS -MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System;
  • Records of monthly water appropriation volumes must be maintained and submitted to the DNR on or before February 15th of the year following water use using the MPARS -MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System;
  • Animal feedlot and livestock operations must be in compliance with all feedlot rules and regulations required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and county feedlot programs.

Applicants seeking authorization under general permits are required to pay a $100 fee for each use of the permit (some exemptions apply). This nominal fee will be used to support permit processing and the protection of Minnesota's water resources.

For more information,download the Animal Feedlots and Livestock Operations General Permit 2004-0275 Information Packet which includes the complete text of the permit language.

Water Use Reporting
All active water appropriation permit holders are required to measure monthly water use with an approved measuring device to an accuracy of 10 percent and report water use yearly. Permittees are encouraged to use MPARS -MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System to report annual water use data. This system provides many benefits including automatically calculating total volumes and fees. Water use reporting and processing fees are due by February 15 of each year.

If you are unable to report using MPARS, please request a paper form by sending an email to or calling 651-259-5678.

Rules: 6115.0600 - .0810

Statutes: 103G.271

Forms: Water Appropriation Permit Application Forms

To apply for a water appropriation permit, please use the MPARS -MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System. If you are using MPARS for the first time, you will need to create an account. Once created, click on the link in the Actions box called "Apply for a New Permit/Authorization". You will be billed separately (usually $150) for the application fee. Please note that Minnesota Statutes allow local units of government 30 days to review permit applications and submit comments to DNR Waters.

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

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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.


DNR Water Permit Application Fees PDF

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Length of Determination: It is  the DNR’s goal to make a decision on Water Appropriation General Permits within 90 days, although most general permits typically take fewer than 30 days for a decision.
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Activity: Water Appropriation
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