DNR Implementing Chapter 30 ReformsAugust 14, 2012
The Department of Natural Resources is implementing changes to the state’s navigable waterways law that went into effect August 1. Updated information about recent waterway law changes, along with new permit application materials, are now available on the DNR website.
Some of the key changes include grandfathering for pre-existing piers, modified standards for new piers, an exemption for some grading projects, changes to certain boathouse repair and maintenance limitations, and modified procedures for all waterway general permits and individual permits.
Technology improvements, like electronic public notices and electronic permit tracking, were included in the legislation which also modified permit fees.
A new online water permit system is now available for some DNR water permits, with additional permits to be phased in over the next year. Applicants for waterway and wetland individual permits can now fill out their applications online, pay application fees online, and track the progress of their application online.