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Help for Businesses

Businesses that use sound environmental decisions in their operations are the strongest, most successful enterprises in NYS. Whether your business needs help with a permit application (contact the appropriate regional permit administrator, or refer to our Permits webpage for more information), or you want to make your business greener, partnering with DEC early in the process is the best way to benefit the environment and your bottom line.

Sound environmental choices build successful businesses. Whatever your need, this is where to start.

Permit Information and Assistance

DEC can help your business grow in efficiency and in environmental stewardship by assisting you with the following:

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DEC can help your business grow both in
efficiency and environmental responsibility

Environmental Audit Incentive Policy

Commissioner Policy 59- Environmental Audit Incentive encourages regulated entities to audit their operations and adopt effective approaches to prevent violations, such as using environmental management systems and pollution prevention techniques. This will improve compliance with environmental laws statewide, and protect public health and the environment.

CP-59 reduces or waives penalties for violations that are discovered and disclosed voluntarily, and for violations discovered during pollution prevention or compliance assistance.

New Owners - If you are acquiring a business, the policy includes special provisions to encourage new owners to disclose violations discovered during acquisition.

Greening Your Business

Businesses face many challenges, but greening yours shouldn't be one of them. Improve your bottom line and incorporate sustainability into your everyday business practices. DEC collaborates with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. NYSP2I, which offers unparalleled capabilities in remanufacturing, polymer processing, toxics reduction, resource conservation, and environmental engineering.

Your business may also be interested in the New York State Green Procurement Program. It develops specifications and provides guidance for state agencies, public authorities and public benefit corporations to purchase green products and services.

Contracting with DEC

DEC contracts for commodities and services that are needed to fulfill its mission, including promoting Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBE). DEC also contracts to provide state and local assistance funding to eligible recipients.

Statewide Business Website

The "New NY Works for Business" website offers quick access to information for all areas of business assistance available from the state. These range from starting a business to accessing tax credits and funding incentives, to international trade and regional assistance. This resource is designed to help all businesses thrive in New York.


More about Help for Businesses:

  • Greening Your Business - Helps businesses operate more sustainably through programs and resources that include information about waste management, pollution prevention and tax credits for green building
  • New Owners Incentives - Encourages new business owners with environmental compliance obligations to audit their operations, and to disclose and quickly correct any instances of non-compliance
  • New York Green Business - An environmental leadership program to motivate New York's regulated community to implement environmental management systems (EMSs) that focus on improved environmental performance. The program provides recognition and incentives to organizations that are able to demonstrate, and provide future commitment to, improved environmental performance.
  • NYS Green Procurement - Explains the NYS Green Procurement Program: what businesses should know and how they can become involved
  • NYS Pollution Prevention Institute - NYSP2I promotes cost-effective methods to conserve energy, reduce wastes and improve performance
  • Environmental Management System - An EMS is a set of management tools and principles designed to help a business address environmental concerns in its daily business practices
  • Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) - REACH is the recently adopted overhaul of chemicals management systems in the European Union (EU)
  • Permit Information and Assistance - Explains how to obtain a permit or determine the status of a pending permit and links to other resources and technical assistance for businesses