(a) Except as provided in subdivision 2, the commissioner must act on a water use permit within 150 days after the completed application for the permit has been submitted. Within 30 business days of application for a water use permit, the commissioner shall notify the applicant, in writing, whether the application is complete or incomplete.
(b) The commissioner must direct a hearing to be held on a water use permit application or make an order issuing a permit or denying a permit.
The requirements of subdivision 1 do not apply to applications for a water use permit for:
(1) appropriations for diversion from the basin of origin of more than 2,000,000 gallons per day average in a 30-day period; or
(2) appropriations with a consumptive use of more than 2,000,000 gallons per day average for a 30-day period.