Well Management Fees - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Well Management Program

Effective July 21, 2011

Mailing Address (with fee payment)

Minnesota Department of Health
Well Management Section
P.O. Box 64502
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0502

Additional address information.

Fee Schedule

Note: New fees will become effective July 1, 2017. Please see Memorandum dated June 12, 2017, Well Fee and Policy Changes Effective July 1, 2017 (PDF), for more information.

State fees for well construction notifications, well sealing notifications, variance requests, permits, licenses, rig/hoist registrations, and well disclosures are collected by the Minnesota Department of Health Well Management Section. The fee schedule (authorized under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103I) is as follows: (Current fees, shown below, effective through June 30, 2017.)

Well Construction Notifications Fee
    Water-Supply Well
    Dewatering Well
    Dewatering Project (5 or more wells)
Permits Fee
    Elevator Boring
    Groundwater Thermal Exchange Device
      (Heat Pump with Injection Well)
    Monitoring Well
      (Water Well, Dewatering Well, or Monitoring Well)
    Maintenance (Monitoring Well Government)
    Maintenance (5 or more Dewatering Wells)
Vertical Heat Exchanger (Heat Loop) Fee
    Heating/Cooling Capacity <10 Tons
    Heating/Cooling Capacity 10 to 50 Tons
    Heating/Cooling Capacity >50 Tons
Well Sealing Notification Fee
    Well Sealing Notification
Variance Application Fee
    Variance Application
Monitoring Well Site Permits Fee
    Motor Fuel Retail Outlet
    Petroleum Bulk Storage Site
    Agricultural Chemical Facility
License Fees Fee
    Qualification Application
    Late Fee
    Elevator Boring Contractor (Original and Renewal)
    Explorer Company (Original and Renewal)
    Limited Well/Boring Contractor (Original and Renewal)       
    • Pump Installer
    • Pitless/Screen Contractor
    • Drive Point/Dugwell Contractor
    • Dewatering Well Contractor
    • Well Sealing Contractor
    • Vertical Heat Exchanger Contractor
    Monitoring Well Contractor (Original and Renewal)
    Well Contractor (Original and Renewal)    
    Individual (Original and Renewal)     
    Representative Certification (Renewal)
    Hoist/Drilling Machine Registration
Well Disclosure Certificate (Paid to the County Recorder) Fee
    Well Disclosure Certificate

Fees Required

Permits and variance requests will not be reviewed and notifications and licenses will not be valid until sufficient funds have been submitted to the MDH. The county recorder will not accept submittal of well disclosure certificates without the appropriate fee.

The 2009 Legislature has passed Session Law Chapter 79, Article 10, which eliminates the exemption for federal, state, and local governmental entities from paying fees for wells and borings. Beginning on July 1, 2009, governmental agencies will now be required to pay all fees including notification, permit, variance, maintenance permit, and license fees. The only exceptions are for Native American reservations and Federal Military installations, where an exception is provided in federal law.

Delegated Well Programs

Well fees in jurisdictions of delegated well programs are established by the delegated program. Contractors should check with the delegated program for fee amounts and any other administrative requirements.

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Contact the MDH Well Management Section
651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808

Minnesota Department of Health
Updated Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 08:48AM