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Waterway protection Ponds
The first thing to consider is what the intended use of the pond will be. Then use our “Can I build a pond” resource to help you determine what types of permits may be necessary for your project.
Exemptions and permits
Wisconsin State Law requires a person to obtain a permit if they plan to construct, dredge, or enlarge a pond or artificial waterbody, or any part of either that is:
- connected to a waterway;
- located within 500 ft. of a waterway; or
- constructed within a wetland (this includes wetland restorations that result in ponds).
Please visit Water Permits to apply for pond permits.
Some waterways have special designations that might affect your permit requirements. Visit our Designated water search, and record any designations the waterways on your site may have.
If you have questions about using the designated waters search tool you may visit our Designated waters search tutorial to learn how.
Other pond activities
For more information about pond management, see Management of Aquatic Plants and Algae in Ponds: Protecting Your Piece of Paradise.