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Construction site storm water permits

Important notice:
The construction site storm water e-permitting system

The Wisconsin DNR is implementing an online permit application system for the construction site storm water permit program. Using the e-permitting system to apply for the construction site storm water permit will be required as of September, 14, 2015, after which paper applications will no longer be accepted.

On July 29, 2015, the DNR held an informational webinar to provide an overview of the e-permitting system and explain the application steps and process. The webinar was recorded for later viewing.

DNR’s E-permitting system is now available for WRAPP submission

Using the e-permitting system to apply for the construction site storm water permit will be required as of September, 14, 2015.

The e-permitting system does not require any special software and is completely web-based and available using any internet browser. To begin, go to water permit applications.

How to get started

You should first watch the short instructional training videos available and review this help document that guides you through the process. The videos and help document explain how to create a Web Access Management System (WAMS) ID, how to access and complete an electronic permit application, and how to include attachments. (The DNR’s e-permitting system requires a WAMS ID to create and submit an online water permit application and ensures your personal information, payment information, and digital signature are secure. If you already have a WAMS ID, you can use it to access the e-permitting system and do not need to create another.)

After logging into the e-permitting system with your WAMS ID, if at any time you have questions, concerns, or comments, please use the “Ask for Help” feature available under “Support” on the left menu.

The DNR’s construction site permit requires landowners to install practices to help decrease the amount of sediment that pollutes Wisconsin’s waterways from construction projects. Land disturbance during a construction project exposes bare soil which can erode during storm events. Practices help decrease the amount of sediment that runs off during a storm event.

Erosion control plans contain specific practices to reduce erosion, divert storm water from disturbed or exposed construction site areas, and trap and control the transport of sediment and other pollutants. Construction site permits contain requirements for controlling erosion and storm water during construction as well as managing storm water runoff after construction is completed.

water breaking through an earthen bank

Construction site erosion control,
Photo by Pete Wood

Last revised: Thursday September 10 2015