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Protection of Waters: Other DEC Permits and Determinations

Additional Permits?

Your project may also require additional permits under other DEC Permit Programs.

  • Activities in navigable waters which also contain regulated freshwater wetlands or tidal wetlands require a permit under the Freshwater Wetlands Act or the Tidal Wetlands Act in addition to the Protection of Waters Permit.
  • A project site located within a coastal erosion hazard area in the coastal zone of New York State may also require a permit under the Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas Act.
  • Mooring buoys, swim floats and private navigational aids may require a Floating Objects Permits under NYS Navigation Law.

DEC has jurisdiction for this permit in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. A DEC Application for Floating Object Permit can be obtained from the DEC Regional Permit Administrator for the county where the activity or project is located; see page vi of this guide for addresses and phone numbers. NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has jurisdiction for the rest of the state; see Jurisdiction of Other Agencies, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on for a contact address.

Unsure? Contact the Department!

If you are not sure whether your project requires more than one permit, contact the office of the Regional Permit Administrator for the county where the project is located.

If the project requires more than one permit, check all the pertinent boxes at the top of the application submitted. All the materials required for each permit should be submitted simultaneously so the project can be reviewed as a whole. DEC cannot commence review of your project until these materials are submitted.

State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR)

Your Project or Activity Will Require a Determination Under The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR).

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA)

If a project may have a significant impact on historical structures or archaeological sites protected by the State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA), DEC must evaluate this impact. If your application is for a major project, the packet should include a Structural and Archaeological Assessment form (SAAF). Please fill out this form according to the instructions attached to it. In some cases, a cultural resource survey, including a fields study of archaeological or historic features may be needed.

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