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Environmental Permits

What is the Uniform Procedures Act?

The procedures for administering the Department of Environmental Conservation's key regulatory permits are standardized in the Uniform Procedures Act, Article 70 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). The Act provides time frames and procedures for:

  • filing and reviewing applications
  • providing public notice
  • holding public hearings
  • reaching final decisions

The Act is intended to:

  • ensure a fair, timely, thorough review
  • eliminate inconsistent procedures
  • encourage public participation

The Department's regulation for implementing UPA is 6 NYCRR Part 621, Uniform Procedures Regulations.

Need Help?

Contact the appropriate Regional Permit Administrator for information on the following UPA permit programs. For other permits, contact the appropriate DEC division.

UPA Permits

Do I need a Permit?

More information on many of Environmental Permits is provided via the links below.

For help in determining natural resource 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.

Natural Resources -for activities in waterways and wetlands

Water Resources

Air Resources

Materials Management

Other Permits

  • Endangered/Threatened Species Permit (Incidental Take)


More about Environmental Permits:

  • Guide to Permit Hearings - A permit hearing offers the public an opportunity to participate in DEC project review. This document gives an overview of the DEC permit hearing process.
  • Guide to Permit Hearings in Spanish - Una audiencia para obtener permiso ofrece al público una oportunidad de participar en el análisis del proyecto de DEC. Este documento ofrece una perspectiva general del proceso de audiencia de DEC para obtener un permiso.