In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the mandate to work remotely, the MWRD staff now offers an electronic permit application intake process. This system, detailed below, will accept new plan applications and documents, including:  New WMO permit review, existing permit resubmittals, permit revision, permit determinations, and as a general inbox for MWRD review. This secure system is set up to receive large files sizes and in lieu of traditional plan transmittal by mail. Please note that once documents are uploaded they cannot be downloaded or deleted by external guest users, to protect privacy.


Items to note:

  • Contact information - Be sure to indicate the design engineer's email (page 9 of full permit application) or other relevant contact information.
  • Once uploaded documents cannot be deleted or downloaded by external users to protect privacy.
  • Fees - The District is temporarily waiving its requirement for receipt of fee payments prior to permit acceptance given the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a fee payment voucher and a commitment to pay statement will be required as part of the application to begin review. In such a case, the District will invoice for fees at a later date, once office hours are available. Fees are required and may still be be paid by check mailed into our 111 E. Erie office as in the past. For now an applicant may choose to defer payment to streamline the review during this COVID-19 quarantine.
    As another option, the MWRD now offers electronic payment for WMO permit fees. Please submit a Fee Payment Voucher form with your new permit application or re-submittal to identify the permit fees. Click here to make the payment.  
  • Original signatures - All permit forms must be signed and sealed. Electronic signatures and seals are acceptable. Alternatively, scanned copies of signature pages will be accepted.
  • Review time - Please remain patient as our review time will be impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide responses as soon as possible. Your patience is appreciated.


The following is a step by step set of instruction for transmitting files to the MWRD to begin the review process:


Step 1:

Install an FTP Client Application 

There are many available free over the internet. Consider using FileZilla Client for Windows (64bit) linked below as one option.


Step 2

Link to MWRD FTP site through the above application. 

New District FTP server address:


Login for external users (rights assigned only allow users to list and write to the directory)

Username:    permits320

Password:     mwdistrict2020


Step 3

Locate the appropriate file directory and make certain it is an empty directory. For example, a new full WMO permit application would be placed in the permit_application directory. Seek out an empty sub folder to upload your application documents into. If documents are in the sub folder already do not upload your documents to this folder.


Step 4

Upload your various files, plan documents, permit applications etc. to the sub folder. Limit files to 4 or 5 named pdfs, but be certain to have at least two: one pdf containing the complete plans and another for the complete permit application. Plans should be contained within a single pdf file. Do not submit multiple pdfs for each page. Scanned copies of the signed and sealed permit application should again be a single separate pdf. Further supporting documents, including fee payment vouchers and other calculations should following in another separate pdf.  Please consider the following file name standard so MWRD reviewers can clearly review and streamline your project: 

  1. Plans_ProjectName_Muni.pdf 
  2. PermitApp_ProjectName_Muni.pdf
  3. SWMReport_ProjectName_Muni.pdf
  4. OtherDocs_ProjectName_Muni.pdf


Step 5

Check to confirm you upload is complete, and all files are loaded. Then you are done! Please remain patient. MWRD staff will reach out to the design engineer noted on the final page of your application within 3-5 days. If you have not heard a response or have a challenge contact MWRD staff.


If you have questions or concerns Contact Dan Feltes at at 630.605.2015, or Maureen Durkin at at 773.330.2999.