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Regulating wetland impacts

Wetland Protections Benefit You

If you own low lying property, wetland regulations keep wetland areas in place in floodplains and reduce flood impacts in heavy rain events. If you hunt, fish, or watch wildlife, wetland regulations protect critical nesting and breeding habitat for hundreds of Wisconsin species. If you drink water or swim in rivers and lakes, wetland regulations protect water quality by slowing and filtering polluted runoff from cities, construction sites, and farms. Preserving, protecting, and restoring wetlands is crucial in order to safeguard Wisconsinites’ water, property and way of life.

Why Wetland Regulations Work

Wetland regulations are needed because:

  • Wisconsin has lost over 50% of its historic wetland acreage
  • The majority of Wisconsin’s wetlands, about 75%, are privately owned and managed
  • Continued development and population growth will lead to more intense flooding and polluted runoff, making wetland functional values even more important every year
  • Wisconsin’s natural scenic beauty, its waters, and its recreation opportunities are foundational to Wisconsinites’ way of life and health

Wetland Protection Laws

Wisconsin

All wetlands in Wisconsin are protected under state law and regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Landowners and developers are required to avoid wetlands with their projects whenever possible. The placement of material in wetlands is a regulated activity for which authorizations through permits or exemptions may be required. The DNR has exemptions, general permits, and individual permits available for projects that cannot avoid impacts to wetlands.

When reviewing projects for permit approval, the DNR determines if they comply with the requirements of section 281.36, Wis. Statutes, and NR 299 and NR 103, Wisconsin Administrative Code. State regulations typically require avoidance and/or minimization of wetland fill if possible. To meet an exemption or during the wetland permitting process, you must demonstrate that:

  • the impacts to wetlands cannot be avoided or reduced, and
  • the project will not have significant adverse impacts on wetland functions and values.
Federal government

A permit from the Corps may be required for wetland fill or excavation projects. To determine if a Corps permit is required for your project, please contact your local Army Corps Project Manager for the county where your project is located. They will evaluate your proposal and respond to you separately. See Army Corps St. Paul District for more information on Corps regulations.

Local government

Fill and other activities in or near wetlands may also be regulated by county, city or village zoning. Contact your local zoning office for more information.

Wisconsin wetland inventory maps and soils maps can be viewed at most county zoning offices. For incorporated cities and villages, contact the City Building Inspector, City Engineer or Village Clerk for that incorporated area. Copies of the Wisconsin Wetland Inventory maps can also be viewed at the DNR Service Center offices, or purchased in printed or digital form (see wetland mapping).

If grading, filling or other wetland activities is proposed on agricultural lands, contact the appropriate Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

Local Communities can also learn more from the Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s Land Use and Wetlands web page and publications.

DNR Wetland Regulations

Wetland Exemptions

Exemptions have been created for some types of artificial wetlands and nonfederal wetlands. For details and requirements for meeting these exemptions, including frequently asked questions, please visit Wetland permit exemptions.

Wetland General Permits

General permits have been created to streamline the regulatory process for projects that have a minimal adverse environmental impact. To qualify for coverage under a general permit, all required application items need to be submitted. DNR reviews general permit applications within 30 days of receipt and notifies an applicant if any required items are missing. Once all required items have been submitted, if the application meets the general permit specifications, DNR grants the permit. DNR may require an applicant to apply for an individual permit in lieu of a general permit if it finds that the general permit conditions are not sufficient to ensure the wetland discharge will cause only minimal adverse environmental impacts.

DNR has several general permits available to project proponents. Residents of the City of Superior proposing to impact wetlands should contact the City of Superior and ask if a permit is required under the Superior Special Management Plan. All other Wisconsin residents are eligible for the following general permits:

To apply for a wetland general permit, visit General Permits application

*Please note: a WAMS ID is needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Wetland Individual Permits

For projects that do not meet the eligibility standards for a general permit, individual permits are available. A pre-application meeting with DNR Water Management staff is required for all wetland individual permit applications. The meeting will help you design an approvable project and complete your application. Use our Pre-application meeting checklist [PDF] to gather information that will ensure the meeting is projective as possible. Wetland compensatory mitigation is required for all approved wetland individual permits.

Individual permits require a 30–day comment period during which people are notified by the department website and a newspaper notice. During the comment period, an informational hearing may be requested. A permit is granted for projects when the department concludes that no significant adverse impacts to wetlands will occur. Department staff routinely advise applicants on project modifications to reduce impacts and gain approval. Permit decisions are subject to appeal within 30 days of the decision.

Determine permit required

Question 1 :

Is the purpose of the project to access, construct, reconstruct, repair or maintain a utility facility in or over a wetland?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 11.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 2.

Question 2 :

Does the project involve the construction, reconstruction or maintenance of a highway, bridge, arch or culvert as part of a municipal public transportation project?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 9.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 3.

Question 3 :

Will your project:

If your answer is "Impact less than 10,000 sq. feet of wetlands” go to Question 4.

You’ve answered Be located in the City of Superior Special Area Management Plan (SAMP).

If your answer is "Be located in the City of Superior Special Area Management Plan (SAMP),”:

Wetland disturbance permits are coordinated through the City of Superior please review the City of Superior’s website and contact the Environmental Regulatory Coordinator.

Darienne McNamara
Department of Public Works
1316 N. 14th Street
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: (715) 395–7506

You’ve answered Impact more than 10,000 sq. feet of wetland and not in the City of Superior (SAMP).

If your answer is “Impact more than 10,000 sq. feet of wetland and not in the City of Superior (SAMP),”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered Impact wetland that was created as the result of grading or construction activities.

If your answer is “Impact wetland that was created as the result of grading or construction activities,”:

You may be eligible for the department’s “Wetlands Established Incidental to Construction Activities Wetland General Permit”.

  • Waterway General Permits
    Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 4 :

Is the purpose of your project residential, industrial or commercial development?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 5.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 13.

Question 5 :

Will you be impacting the wetland for any of the following reasons?

  • To create a buildable lot to be sold or developed at a later time
  • To create a stormwater treatment facility such as pond, infiltration basin or swale

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 24.

Question 6 :

Will your project impact any of the following types of wetlands?

  • Great Lakes ridge and swale complexes
  • Interdunal wetlands
  • Coastal plain marshes
  • Boreal rich fens
  • Calcareous fens
  • Emergent marshes containing wild rice (N/A for highway projects)
  • Sphagnum bogs south of STH 16 and STH 21 west of Lake Winnebago and on USH 151 east of Lake Winnebago

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 7.

You’ve answered I don’t know.

If your answer is “I don’t know,”:

Please review the Wetland communities of Wisconsin page to help you determine if your project will impact listed wetlands.

Question 7 :

Are you able to completely avoid the wetland with the construction?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit is needed from the DNR but you should check with the local zoning office to ensure that you are completely avoiding the wetland with the construction.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 8.

Question 8 :

Have you minimized the wetland impacts?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General Permit for utility facilities. Please review the General permit checklist and then visit the General permits page to apply for the utility wetland, bridge, structure, dredging, driving on the bed general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

*Please note: For transportation please contact your Transportation Liaison. To find your transportation liaison please visit the transportation projects page.

Question 9 :

Is the project being carried out under the direction and supervision of a city, town, village or county?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 10.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 10 :

Is the purpose of your project to construct a new public or municipal road or to construct a new crossing, for a public or municipal road, over a navigable waterway where there was previously no crossing?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Please contact your Transportation Liaison for further information on proceeding. To find your transportation liaison please visit the transportation projects page.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 21.

Question 11 :

Is the purpose of the project to access, construct, reconstruct, repair or maintain a sanitary sewer, storm sewer, wastewater treatment facilities, or water main (unless regulated by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 36.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 12.

Question 12 :

Will the project result in less than all of the following:

  • 10,000 sq. ft (0.23 acres) of total wetland fill (permanent and temporary) for non-underground utility projects. Construction matting does not count towards this threshold.
  • 10,000 sq. ft. (0.23 acres) of permanent wetland fill and 2 acres of temporary wetland fill for underground utility projects. Construction matting does not count towards this threshold.
  • 43,560 sq. ft. (1 acre) of forested wetland clearing

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 6.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 13 :

Is the purpose of the project to construct, reconstruct or maintain a recreational structure or facility?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 14.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 16.

Question 14 :

Does the project involve the construction of a trail?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 15.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 33.

Question 15 :

Will the project be constructed to:

  • Maintain wetland hydrology in the remaining wetland complex. For example by allowing water to flow under the trail.
  • Limit the clearing of vegetation to no more than 25 percent of the width of the trail or 2 feet on each side of the trail, whichever is greater.

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 27.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 16 :

Is the purpose of the project to repair, reconstruct or maintain a dam?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 17.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 37.

Question 17 :

Is the dam regulated by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) or will the project involve the installation of hydroelectric facilities?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

If your answer is "No” go to Question 18.

Question 18 :

Are you the owner of the dam and do you own the land upon which the dam is located, have an easement allowing the dam at the existing site, or do you have some other legal authorization for the placement of the dam at the location?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 19.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 19 :

Has the DNR issued a permit for the dam or is the dam otherwise authorized by law?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 20.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered I don’t know.

If your answer is “I don't know,”:

Please use our online mapping tool – Surface Water Data Viewer to locate your dam and then go back and answer this question. If you are unsure of how to use this application, please use our How–to tutorial

Question 20 :

Is the purpose of the project for improving the safety of the dam?

If your answer is "Yes” go to Question 30.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 21 :

Will your project impact any of the following types of wetlands?

  • Great Lakes ridge and swale complexes
  • Interdunal wetlands
  • Coastal plain marshes
  • Boreal rich fens
  • Calcareous fens
  • Emergent marshes containing wild rice (N/A for highway projects)
  • Sphagnum bogs south of STH 16 and STH 21 west of Lake Winnebago and on USH 151 east of Lake Winnebago

If your answer is "No” go to Question 22.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered I don’t know.

If your answer is “I don’t know,”:

Please review the Wetland Communities of Wisconsin page to help you determine if your project will impact listed wetlands.

Question 22 :

Are you able to completely avoid the wetland with the construction?

If your answer is "No” go to Question 23.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit is needed from the DNR but you should check with your State Wetland ID staff or your local zoning office to ensure that you are completely avoiding the wetland within the construction

Question 23 :

Have you minimized the wetland impacts?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General permit for municipal highway bridges, arches, or culverts. Please review the General Permit Checklist and then visit the General Permits page to apply for a Wetland disturbance – municipal highway bridges, arches, culverts general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 24 :

Will your project impact any of the following types of wetlands?

  • Great Lakes ridge and swale complexes
  • Interdunal wetlands
  • Coastal plain marshes
  • Boreal rich fens
  • Calcareous fens
  • Emergent marshes containing wild rice (N/A for highway projects)
  • Sphagnum bogs south of STH 16 and STH 21 west of Lake Winnebago and on USH 151 east of Lake Winnebago

If your answer is "No” go to Question 25.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered I don’t know.

If your answer is “I don’t know,”:

Please review the Wetland Communities of Wisconsin page to help you determine if your project will impact listed wetlands.

Question 25 :

Are you able to completely avoid the wetland with the construction?

If your answer is "No” go to Question 26.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit is needed from the DNR but you should check with your State Wetland ID staff or your local zoning office to ensure that you are completely avoiding the wetland within the construction

Question 26 :

Have you minimized the wetland impacts?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General Permit for residential, commercial, or industrial development. Please review the General permit checklist and then visit the General permits page to apply for a Wetland disturbance – Residential/industrial/commercial development general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 27 :

Will your project impact any of the following types of wetlands?

  • Great Lakes ridge and swale complexes
  • Interdunal wetlands
  • Coastal plain marshes
  • Boreal rich fens
  • Calcareous fens
  • Emergent marshes containing wild rice (N/A for highway projects)
  • Sphagnum bogs south of STH 16 and STH 21 west of Lake Winnebago and on USH 151 east of Lake Winnebago

If your answer is "No” go to Question 28.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered I don’t know.

If your answer is “I don’t know,”:

Please review the Wetland Communities of Wisconsin page to help you determine if your project will impact listed wetlands.

Question 28 :

Are you able to completely avoid the wetland with the construction?

If your answer is "No” go to Question 29.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit is needed from the DNR but you should check with your State Wetland ID staff or your local zoning office to ensure that you are completely avoiding the wetland within the construction

Question 29 :

Have you minimized the wetland impacts?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General Permit for recreational development. Please review the General Permit Checklist and then visit the general permits page to apply for a wetland disturbance – recreational development general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 30 :

Will your project impact any of the following types of wetlands?

  • Great Lakes ridge and swale complexes
  • Interdunal wetlands
  • Coastal plain marshes
  • Boreal rich fens
  • Calcareous fens
  • Emergent marshes containing wild rice (N/A for highway projects)
  • Sphagnum bogs south of STH 16 and STH 21 west of Lake Winnebago and on USH 151 east of Lake Winnebago

If your answer is "No” go to Question 25.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered I don’t know.

If your answer is “I don’t know,”:

Please review the Wetland Communities of Wisconsin page to help you determine if your project will impact listed wetlands.

Question 31 :

Are you able to completely avoid the wetland with the construction?

If your answer is "No” go to Question 32.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit is needed from the DNR but you should check with your State Wetland ID staff or your local zoning office to ensure that you are completely avoiding the wetland within the construction

Question 32 :

Have you minimized the wetland impacts?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General Permit for dam maintenance repair and reconstruction. Please review the General permit checklist and then visit the general permits page to apply for a wetland disturbance – dam maintenance repair and reconstruction general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 33 :

Will your project impact any of the following types of wetlands?

  • Great Lakes ridge and swale complexes
  • Interdunal wetlands
  • Coastal plain marshes
  • Boreal rich fens
  • Calcareous fens
  • Emergent marshes containing wild rice (N/A for highway projects)
  • Sphagnum bogs south of STH 16 and STH 21 west of Lake Winnebago and on USH 151 east of Lake Winnebago

If your answer is "No” go to Question 34.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered I don’t know.

If your answer is “I don’t know,”:

Please review the Wetland Communities of Wisconsin page to help you determine if your project will impact listed wetlands.

Question 34 :

Are you able to completely avoid the wetland with the construction?

If your answer is "No” go to Question 35.

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit is needed from the DNR but you should check with your State Wetland ID staff or your local zoning office to ensure that you are completely avoiding the wetland within the construction

Question 35 :

Have you minimized the wetland impacts?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General Permit for recreational development. Please review the General Permit Checklist and then visit the General permits page to apply for a Wetland disturbance – Recreational Development general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 36 :

Is the purpose of the project for municipal development carried out by a municipality?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General Permit for municipal development. Please review the General Permit Checklist and then visit the General permits page to apply for a Wetland disturbance – Municipal Development general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

Question 37 :

Is the purpose of the project for municipal development carried out by a municipality?

You’ve answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

You may qualify for a Wetland Disturbance General Permit for municipal development. Please review the General Permit Checklist and then visit the General permits page to apply for a Wetland disturbance – Municipal Development general permit.

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

You’ve answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

You do not qualify for a wetland disturbance general permit. You will need to apply for a Wetland disturbance individual permit. Before you apply, please review:

*Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply. If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding.

This is a text version of our wetland disturbance interactive question and answer module to help you understand if you need a permit for your project. If you are seeing this message, you currently have JavaScript disabled or are in compatibility mode while using Internet Explorer. This text version is here to help you understand if you need a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for your project, and if so, which one. Please go through and answer each question. This will help you determine which permit you will need.

If you are proposing to impact a wetland as part of a cranberry bed creation or expansion, see the Cranberry projects page.

Applicable Wisconsin statutes and codes

Contact information

For more information on wetland permits, contact the DNR wetland specialist for your county.