About Permits at DEC
Questions about permits should be directed to the division managing that specific permit program. See DEC Permits below or the link at the top of the right column for contact information.
DEC is responsible for overseeing many different types of permits:
- Permits for recreation and sporting activities, land access, waste transportation, and several other programs are managed by several DEC divisions.
- Permits for most major environmental regulatory areas protecting New York's air, water, mineral, and biological resources are subject to the requirements of the Uniform Procedures Act and are managed by DEC's Division of Environmental Permits
For information on the following permits, please use the contact information listed next to each item or click on the appropriate link in the left navigation column.
Waste Transporters - (518) 402-8792 - Bureau of Technical Support
Camp on Public Lands - call regional forest ranger for that area, see back country camping contact list
Temporary Revocable Permit (TRP) - Permit for a Group Event, Research or Organized Activity on State Land - Division of Lands and Forests
Timber Harvest on State Forest Lands - (518) 402-9428 - Bureau of State Land Management
Timber Harvest on Private Lands - (518) 402-9425 - Bureau of Private Land Services
Access to DEC-Managed Tidal Wetlands - (631) 444-0273 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
Sporting Licenses - (518) 402-8845 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
Deer Management Permits - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
Special Licenses and Permits - (518) 402-8985 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
Marine Permits and Licenses - (631) 444-0470 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
Oil, Gas and Solution Salt Well - (518) 402-8056 - Division of Mineral Resources
Pesticide Certification and Registration - (518) 402-8748 - Division of Materials Management
The Division of Environmental Permits manages categories of permits subject to application review and decision making procedures contained in the Uniform Procedures Act (UPA). The Department's major environmental regulatory permit programs are subject to the UPA protecting New York's air, water, mineral, and biological resources. Contact the appropriate Regional Permit Administrator for information on the following UPA permit programs. Information on permits not subject to UPA can be obtained by using the above contact information.
- Air Pollution Control
- Coastal Erosion Control
- Freshwater Wetlands
- Mined Land Reclamation
- Protection of Waters, including Dams and Docks
- Water Withdrawal and Long Island Wells
- Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
- State Pollutant Discharge and Elimination Systems (SPDES), including Stormwater permits
- Tidal Wetlands
- Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers
- Incidental Take of Endangered/Threatened Species
Permit Profiles are available to provide more information on each of these UPA permits.
For help in determining permitting requirements, the Department has developed the Environmental Resource Mapper (ERM). ERM can be used to locate both freshwater wetlands regulated by the State of New York, and New York State's classified streams and water bodies. ERM can also be used to create and print maps that can be submitted as part of the permit application process.
Detailed information on specific applications processed by the Department under the Uniform Procedures Act can be accessed through the DEC Permit Applications (DART) Search, including the status of applications issued, denied or currently under review. This search wizard also provides the means to do searches of applications by location, permit type, and date period. The results from these searches can be further sorted by applicant name, facility name and application status.
More about Permits:
- Uniform Procedures Act (UPA) - How to apply for a New York State DEC Permit
- Air Pollution Control Permit Program - Procedures and content of applications for applying for a New York State Title V Permit, a State Facility Permit or a registration certificate
- Coastal Erosion Management Permit Program - Introduction to New York State's Coastal Erosion Permit Program
- Freshwater Wetlands Permits - Introduction to New York State's Freshwater Wetlands Permit Program
- Mined Land Reclamation Permits - How to obtain a mining permit
- Protection of Waters Program - Protecting New York State's Aquatic Resources through Permitting
- Water Withdrawal Permit Program - Guidance on applying for a Water Withdrawal Permit
- State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) - New York State has a state program which has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the control of wastewater and stormwater discharges in accordance with the Clean Water Act
- Tidal Wetlands Permit Program - Tidal wetlands line much of the salt water shore, bays, inlets, canals, and estuaries of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester County. They also line the Hudson River in Westchester and Rockland Counties upstream to the salt line.
- Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Permit Program - Protecting New York State's Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System
- Permit Documentation for Notable Projects - Impact Statements, Draft Permits, and Responsiveness Summaries
- Storm Recovery Permits - information to see if your project is covered; additional guidance materials and the necessary forms.
- General Permits - This page provides links to General Permits available to the public for various activities. Such work may be the result of natural disasters or extraordinary weather, or for other activities that have been determined not to have a significant impact on the environment.
- Obtaining Access on DEC Managed Tidal Wetlands for Hunting - license information for hunting
- Oil, Gas and Solution Salt Well Drilling Permit Requirements - Obtaining a Drilling Permit
- Burning Permits - Information on Conservation Law sections 9-1105.5 and 9-1107
- Permit to Camp on Public Lands for more than 3 Days - Groups of 10 or more persons OR stays by individuals of more than 3 days in one place require a permit from the New York State Forest Ranger responsible for the area.
- Marine Permits and Licenses - A list of marine permits available from DEC and contact information.
- Regional Environmental Permits Information - find the appropriate regional permit administrator to provide permit application assistance.