Learn about the DNR's COVID-19 response and how the current health emergency is impacting DNR facilities, services and events.
Sovereign Lands Construction Permits

This permit program is governed by 571 Iowa Administrative Code chapter 13 which was revised effective April 15, 2009.

These rules are applicable to all fee title lands and waters, dedicated lands and waters under the jurisdiction of the commission and managed by the commission for public access to a meandered sovereign lake or meandered sovereign river; meandered sovereign lakes; meandered sovereign rivers; and sovereign islands; except those portions of the Iowa River and the Mississippi River where title has been conveyed to charter cities.
 


Any construction on, above, or under state-owned lands and/or waters
must secure a sovereign lands construction permit from the Department in advance of work.




State-owned lands and waters under the jurisdiction of the commission include:
Meandered Sovereign Lakes, Meandered Sovereign Rivers, State Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, State Parks, and State Preserves.


How to apply:

You can apply for a Sovereign Lands permit by going to the new Flood Plain and Sovereign Lands PERMT site and answering a few questions. This application form not only covers the Sovereign Lands permit, but it also covers Flood Plain Approval and the US Army Corps of Engineers 404 Water Quality Permits. Once you click the “Submit” button the application will be submitted to both the Iowa DNR and the US Army Corps of Engineers. After you submit your application you’ll be able to login and track where it’s at in the process and all final documents will be emailed to you when they are available.



PERMT (Permit and Environmental Review Management Tool)

Iowa DNR PERMT website with 24/7 access for your Iowa DNR Flood Plain and Sovereign Lands Permits, Environmental Review Requests, BFE Requests, AFO Determinations, and related work.


PERMIT SYSTEM LOGIN
Permit and Environmental Review Management Tool

Determine if You Should Submit a Joint Application for Your Project. You are required to obtain federal, state, and local permits before doing any construction in the flood plain or work near a river or stream. PERMT will walk you through steps to determine if an Iowa DNR permit application is required.

Your first steps will be to choose one or more project types; select your location using either a point, line or shape; and finally clicking “Get Results” to determine if you should submit a Joint Application.

If no Iowa DNR permit application submittal is required, PERMT will automatically take you through the steps to log in, fill out a joint application, and submit the Joint Application form to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District for 404 Water Quality Permit review.

If a state permit application should be submitted, PERMT will automatically take you through the steps to log in, fill out a joint application, and submit that joint application to the Iowa DNR Flood Plains, Iowa DNR Sovereign Lands, and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District for 404 Water Quality Permit review.

PERMT does not submit your Joint Application to county or city officials for local permitting, including local flood plain permitting. You are responsible for contacting local permitting officials and obtaining all required local permits prior to construction.

Iowa DNR and US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District Responses. The Iowa DNR will send out one response for both the Iowa DNR Flood Plain and Sovereign Lands programs. The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District will communicate with you directly regarding the status and final response to any Joint Application submitted. The status or results of this review are not available on this system.

Fill out and Submit a Joint Application for Permit Review. (Login Required) You are required to obtain federal, state, and local permits before doing any construction in the flood plain or work near a river or stream. PERMT will walk you through steps to determine if a permit application is required.

Your first steps will be to choose one or more project types; select your location using either a point, line or shape; and finally clicking “Get Results” to determine if you should submit a Joint Application.

If a state permit application should be submitted, PERMT will automatically take you through the steps to log in, fill out a joint application, and submit that joint application to the Iowa DNR Flood Plains, Iowa DNR Sovereign Lands, and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District for 404 Water Quality Permit review.

PERMT does not submit your Joint Application to county or city officials for local permitting, including local flood plain permitting. You are responsible for contacting local permitting officials and obtaining all required local permits prior to construction.

Iowa DNR and US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District Responses. The Iowa DNR will send out one response for both the Iowa DNR Flood Plain and Sovereign Lands programs. The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District will communicate with you directly regarding the status and final response to any Joint Application submitted. The status or results of this review are not available on this system.

Submit an Environmental Review Request. (Login Required) PERMT will walk you through a process for creating an Account ID and Password. Once that is complete, you will be able to fill out the request form. You can electronically submit this form to the Iowa DNR following the completion of the request form.

Submit a Request for a Base Flood Elevation or other Flood Plain Parameters. (Login Required) PERMT will walk you through a process for creating an Account ID and Password. Once that is complete, you will be able to fill out the request form. You can electronically submit this form to the Iowa DNR following the completion of the request form.

Submit an Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) Flood Plain Determination Request or Declaratory Order. (Login Required) PERMT will walk you through a process for creating an Account ID and Password. Once that is complete, you will be able to fill out the request form. You can electronically submit this form to the Iowa DNR following the completion of the request form.

Track the Iowa DNR Review Status of Your Joint Application(s). (Login Required)

Submit Additional Information for Your Joint Application. (Login Required)

Submit Notice of Completion on Construction for a Permitted Project. (Login Required)

Get a PDF copy of Iowa DNR Project Response Documents. (Login Required)

Update your Contact Information for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Officials. (Login Required) PERMT will require you to log in using the City/County Account ID and Password. Local NFIP Communities may update the contact information for the local flood plain manager, and other community officials.

Public Search. Search by location to find recent Flood Plain and Sovereign Land construction projects. No log in required.

You are required to obtain federal, state, and local permits before doing any construction in the flood plain or work near a river or stream. Not every project requires submittal of a permit application. However, you can check if your project requires submission of a Joint Application using PERMT. PERMT will walk you through steps to determine if a permit application is required.

  • If a permit application is required, PERMT will automatically take you through the steps to log in, fill out a joint application, and submit that joint application to the Iowa DNR Flood Plains, Iowa DNR Sovereign Lands and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District for review.
  • PERMT does not submit your Joint Application to county or city officials for local permitting, including local flood plain permitting. You are responsible for contacting local permitting officials and obtaining all required local permits prior to construction.
  • Iowa DNR and US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District Responses. The Iowa DNR will send out one response for both the Iowa DNR Flood Plain and Sovereign Lands programs. The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District will communicate with you directly regarding the status and final response to any Joint Application submitted. The status or results of this review are not available on this system.
  • Sovereign Lands Assistance: 515-725‐8464
  • Flood Plain / Dam Safety Technical Assistance Help Line: 866-849‐0321
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District: Phone: 309-794‐5057 Email: IowaRegulatory@usace.army.mil
  • PERMT results are based solely on user provided input, and are only valid when the system is correctly used. Incorrect use of this program to obtain an incorrect automated result of “no application is required” does not prevent potential enforcement action for a project.
  • PERMT is subject to revision at any time.
  • You are responsible for complying with all local, state and federal statutes, ordinances, rules and permit requirements applicable to the construction, operation and maintenance of your project.
  • The results from PERMT only cover requirements for submitting a Joint Application to Iowa DNR Flood Plain and Dam Safety Section and Iowa DNR Sovereign Lands Section. They do not include requirements for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
  • If you have any questions or the results are unclear, please contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 866-849-0321.