Online Permitting System
This project will establish a web-based permitting system to capture essential water appropriation information. The system will include an online permit application process for water use and other permits. The online system will streamline the permitting process for applicants and significantly reduce staff time correcting and managing permit applications and water use reports that are incomplete or have incorrectly calculated permit fees. The use of technology in the application and reporting process will also eliminate staff time needed to enter data and scan and route documents. Place-based electronic data and reports will be easily accessible for use by internal and external stakeholders for a variety of management purposes in communities throughout Minnesota.
About the Issue
Minnesota's natural resources are facing increasing pressure from intensive land uses like agriculture and urban development. Many activities, such as taking groundwater or surface water for irrigation, industry, or community domestic uses, require permits under Minnesota Law. Permits for water use, as well as for alterations to shorelines and watercourses (public waters work) and dam safety, help the state ensure the sustainable long term use of Minnesota's water resources.
In 2011, The Minnesota Legislature passed and the governor signed House File 1 and Governor's Executive Order 11-04, directing state agencies to accelerate and simplify permitting processes. The web-based permitting system will allow for a more efficient and effective permitting process and provide a more positive experience for stakeholders by reducing the amount of time required to submit permit applications; enabling cost-effective and timely communication with applicants regarding the completeness and status of their application; and allowing applicants to pay permit and water use fees online. A secure, user friendly system will provide greater transparency, improve permitting program performance, and allow agency staff to focus more time on the State's conservation mission.