Boat and Water
Regulations and Permits
Special Event Permits
If holding an event on Isanti County lakes or rivers that will draw spectators or may interfere with others who use the water, a Special Event Permit is required. Minnesota Statute 86B.121 requires an event holder to obtain a Sheriff's Special Event Permit prior to holding an event on any body of water.
An event is defined as: "A gathering of persons engaged in (organized) activities on waters of the state or public property adjacent to those waters that, in the Sheriff's opinion, would have an impact on public safety or natural resources." Some, but not all examples of events that require a permit include fishing contests (both winter and summer), radar runs, plunges, boat races and regattas, festivals (such as golfing on ice), or water ski or parasail exhibitions.
Water or Ice Event Permits
Minnesota State Statute 86B.121 Races, competitions and Exhibitions requires all events, such as races, tournaments, or other competitions to obtain a permit from the Sheriff's Office in the county in which the event is being held.
The Water Event Permit application form is required to be completed and returned to the Sheriff's Office.
Water Structure Permit
Minnesota State Statute 6110.8100 Placement of Temporary Structures and Buoys in the Water of the State requires all temporary structures left in the water between the hours of sunset and sunrise to obtain a permit from the Sheriff's Office in the county in which the structure will be located. This would include temporary signs as well.
The Water Structure Permit application form is required to be completed and returned to the Sheriff's Office along with a fee payment in order for a permit to be issued.
- DNR Ice Safety Card
- DNR MN Boating Guide
- DNR Boating & Water Safety
- Personal Watercraft Laws for Minnesota
- Personal Watercraft Rules decal
- Water Safety Coloring Book