The Crow Wing County Land Services Department announces that citizens can now apply for permits online.
Access to the online permit system is as easy as following this link: https://enviropermits.co.crow-wing.mn.us/. An email address in needed to log in to the system.
The permitting system will also allow customers to pay required fees either with a check or credit card. The county will still accept paper permit applications but is encouraging the public to use the permitting system.
Customers will be notified via email as the permit moves through the approval process so the customer knows where the permit is during the approval process.
Crow Wing County requires permits for new construction, additions to existing structures and septic systems. In addition, permits are needed for most landscaping activities around lakes.
Site specific performance standards to protect county lakes and streams are now reviewed and approved prior to issuing a building permit. Properties that exceed 15 percent impervious surface coverage (such as driveways or roof tops) are required to submit a stormwater management plan that prevents water from a 1-inch rain event going directly into a lake or stream. Cumulatively, this resulted in an approximate reduction of 16 pounds of phosphorous or 8,000 pounds of algae impacting lakes and streams.
Future enhancements to the permitting system include a site sketcher to draw the site plan for the proposed project. In addition, the permit system will eventually be expanded for permits and licenses in the sheriff’s, auditor/treasurer’s and highway department offices.