Rules & Permitting



Notice of Proposed Rule Revisions

The CLFLWD is proposing to revise its rules. The public comment period for the proposed revisions is now open. Comments are due by Monday, January 15, 2018. All comments must be submitted in writing; electronic submissions should be directed to and paper submissions should be directed to Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District, 44 Lake Street South, Suite A, Forest Lake, MN 55025.


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If you have questions or need further information please contact CLFLWD Technician, Emily Heinz at or 651.395.5856.


The Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) Board of Managers adopted new Rules on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at the monthly Board meeting. The adoption of the new rules follows a year-and-a-half of planning and rulemaking that included seven joint meetings with the District's Technical Advisory Committee (with representatives from State agencies, Chisago and Washington counties, Metropolitan Council, and the Cities of Chisago City, Forest Lake, Scandia, Wyoming and the recently annexed Wyoming Township) and Citizen Advisory Committee.

The District will implement its rules in part through a permitting program for new and re-development. The new rules clarify the requirements of the District's permit program regarding stormwater management, erosion control, buffers, shoreline and streambank alteration, stream and lake crossings, and floodplain alterations. The rules also include procedural requirement and include regulations on exceptions and variance.

Also included in the District's new regulatory and permitting program is the establishment of a permit fee and field inspection fee deposit schedule. The intent of the fee requirement is to reimburse the District's administrative, inspection, and enforcement expenses as provided for by Minnesota Statutes (Minn. Stat. 103D.345, subd. 2).

Pursuant to the Board's action, the rules are effective as of February 1, 2009, and apply to any activity subject to the rules occurring on or after February 1, 2009, unless before that date the activity received:

  1. final written comments from the District in its development review capacity as exercised before adoption of these rules;
  2. preliminary plat approval from the local land use authority; or
  3. if not subject to plat approval, all local grading, building and other land alteration permits required for the activity


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