Shoreland Management. The City of Elk River has an extensive ordinance that covers the use of land within 1,000 feet of public waters within city limits. It includes size and shape of lots; the use, size, type and location of structures on lots; the installation and maintenance of water supply and waste treatment systems; the grading and filling of any shoreland area; the cutting of shoreland vegetation; and the subdivision of land.
For the full ordinance, please see Elk River Municipal Code, Shoreland Management.
THIS IS AN OVERVIEW ONLY. Please contact the appropriate agencies BEFORE you begin work.
Generally, for work above the ordinary high water level please contact the City of Elk River's Environmental Department at (763) 635-1068; for work below the OHWL, contact the Department of Natural Resources Area Hydrologist at (320) 255-2976, ext. 233.
A permit will be most likely needed from the City of Elk River for the following activities:
- Construction of water-oriented accessory structures
- Stairways and landings
- Tree removal
- Vegetation alterations or removal
- Creating a viewing corridor
- Adding an impervious surface (such as a deck, patio, walkway, etc.)
- Grading and filling more than 100 square feet
- Placement of riprap or beach creation.
The cost of the permit is $40. Violation of the City's Municipal Code is a misdemeanor offense; tickets may be issued and restoration may be required.