Register July 2017 No. 739
Chapter NR 310
PROCEDURES FOR EXEMPTIONS, GENERAL PERMITS, INDIVIDUAL PERMITS,
NOTICES, HEARINGS, AND ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
Subchapter I — General Provisions
NR 310.01   Purpose.
NR 310.02   Applicability.
NR 310.03   Definitions.
Subchapter II — Exemptions
NR 310.04   Eligibility for exemptions.
NR 310.05   Exemption determination requests.
NR 310.06   Department procedures for processing exemption determination requests.
NR 310.07   Exemption determinations.
NR 310.08   Permits in lieu of exemptions.
Subchapter III — General Permits
NR 310.09   Eligibility for general permits.
NR 310.10   General permit applications.
NR 310.11   Department procedures for processing general permits.
NR 310.12   General permit decisions.
Subchapter IV — Individual Permits, Notices, Hearings And Administrative Review
NR 310.13   Eligibility for individual permits.
NR 310.14   Individual permit applications.
NR 310.15   Notices and public comment.
NR 310.16   Public informational hearings.
NR 310.17   Individual permit decision.
NR 310.18   Administrative review.
Ch. NR 310 Note Note: Chapter NR 310 was created as an emergency rule effective April 19, 2004. Chapter NR 310 was repealed and recreated as an emergency rule effective August 24, 2004.
subch. I of ch. NR 310 Subchapter I — General Provisions
NR 310.01 NR 310.01Purpose. This chapter establishes procedures for processing exemption determinations, general permits and individual permits for activities in navigable waterways, in order to provide consistent and efficient administration of the exemption and permit programs while assuring that the public trust in Wisconsin waterways is maintained.
NR 310.01 History History: CR 04-065: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05.
NR 310.02 NR 310.02Applicability. This chapter applies to exemptions, general permits and individual permits regulated under subchs. I and II of ch. 30, Stats.
NR 310.02 History History: CR 04-065: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05.
NR 310.03 NR 310.03Definitions. In this chapter:
NR 310.03(1) (1) “Days" under this chapter means calendar days unless otherwise specified.
NR 310.03 Note Note: See s. 990.001 (4), Stats., for statutory standards on computing time.
NR 310.03(2) (2) “Department" means the department of natural resources.
NR 310.03(3) (3) “General permit" means a permit issued by the department that categorically authorizes certain activities regulated under ss. 30.206 and 30.12 (3) (a) and (d), 30.123 (7), 30.19 (3r) and 30.20 (1t), Stats.
NR 310.03(4) (4) “Individual permit" means a permit issued by the department for a single project under specific applicable provisions of ch. 30, Stats., excluding s. 30.206, Stats. For purposes of this chapter, “individual permit" includes a contract issued under s. 30.20, Stats.
NR 310.03(5) (5) “Navigable waterway" means any body of water with a defined bed and bank that is navigable under Wisconsin law. In Wisconsin a body of water is navigable if it is capable of floating on a regularly recurring basis the lightest boat or skiff used for recreation or any other purpose.
NR 310.03 Note Note: This incorporates the definition at s. 30.01(4m), Stats., and current case law, which requires a watercourse to have a bed and banks, Hoyt v. City of Hudson, 27 Wis. 656 (1871), and requires a navigable waterway to float on a regularly recurring basis the lightest boat or skiff, DeGayner & Co., Inc. v. DNR, 70 Wis. 2d 936 (1975); Village of Menomonee Falls v. DNR, 140 Wis.2d 579 (Ct. App. 1987).
NR 310.03(6) (6) “Riparian" means an owner of land abutting a navigable waterway.
NR 310.03 History History: CR 04-065: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; correction in (3) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register May 2013 No. 689.
subch. II of ch. NR 310 Subchapter II — Exemptions
NR 310.04 NR 310.04Eligibility for exemptions.
NR 310.04(1) (1) To be exempt under s. 30.12 (1g), 30.123 (6) (d), or 30.20 (1g), Stats., from the requirement to obtain a general or individual permit under ch. 30, Stats., an activity shall meet all standards for installation, construction and location in the statute authorizing the exemption and the rules promulgated under s. 30.12 (1p), 30.123 (6s) or 30.20 (1k), Stats.
NR 310.04 Note Note: Some locations are not eligible for exemptions or general permits. See ss. NR 1.05 and 1.06.
NR 310.04 Note Note: The rules specifying standards for exempted activities are chs. NR 1, 320, 323, 326, 328, 329 and 345.
NR 310.04(2) (2) For those activities which are not allowed in locations where there are public rights features as described in s. NR 1.06, a person may only undertake an exempt activity after they have evaluated the site and determined that the structure or activity is not in the location of a public rights feature as described in s. NR 1.06 (4).
NR 310.04(3) (3) Pursuant to ss. 30.12 (2m), 30.123 (6m) and 30.20 (1m), Stats., the department may require a person engaged in or proposing an activity for which an exemption is available to obtain a general or individual permit.
NR 310.04 History History: CR 04-065: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2017 No. 739.
NR 310.05 NR 310.05Exemption determination requests.
NR 310.05(1)(1) Any person may request a determination from the department under s. 30.12 (2r), 30.123 (6r) or 30.20 (1r), Stats., as to whether an activity or location is exempt under s. 30.12 (1g), 30.123 (6) (d), or 30.20 (1g), Stats.
NR 310.05(2) (2) A person who seeks a department determination as to whether an activity or location is eligible for an exemption under sub. (1) shall submit a written request to the department. The request shall be submitted on a form provided by the department, by delivery methods specified by the department, and shall provide all the information requested on the form.
NR 310.05(3) (3) If the person who requests the determination is the person proposing the activity, the request shall be submitted not less than 20 days before commencing the activity to allow time for mailing between the applicant and department.
NR 310.05 Note Note: Federal or local permits may be required. Applicants are responsible for obtaining all necessary federal or local permits or approvals for their activity.
NR 310.05 History History: CR 04-065: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2017 No. 739.
NR 310.06 NR 310.06Department procedures for processing exemption determination requests.
NR 310.06(1) (1) The department shall develop and maintain a form for requesting an exemption determination under s. NR 310.05, and provide a copy of the form to any person on request.
NR 310.06 Note Note: Form 3500-107, “Chapter 30 Exemption Determination Request" is available at department service centers and on the department's website at http://dnr.wi.gov under the topic “Waterway and Wetland Permits."
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