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Water Withdrawal Permit Program: Application Procedures

Pre-application Assistance

If your project is complex, or if you are new to the permit application process, we recommend scheduling a pre-application conference with DEC and any other involved regulatory agencies. You will benefit by keeping initial plans flexible until the project design has been reviewed for compliance with all applicable regulatory standards required by law. Schedule your pre-application conference now. Contact the appropriate DEC regional Environmental Permits office.

Multiple mailings, multiple reviews, and misunderstandings can be eliminated by seeking clarifications from DEC staff at the planning stages of the project, and by submitting accurate, complete information.

Application Checklist for Water Withdrawal

Required items include:

  1. The Joint Application Form (PDF) (548 KB) and Instructions for completing the Joint Application Form (PDF) (311 KB) are available on the Department's website page.
  2. The Permission to Inspect Property Form (PDF) (25 KB) is available on the Department's website page.
  3. The Joint Application Form Supplement WW-1 - Water Withdrawal (PDF) (1 MB) is available on the Department's website page.
  4. Refer to the Applicant Checklist for Water Withdrawal Permit, available on the Department's website page.
  5. Environmental Assessment Form (EAF).
    • In accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR), an application is not complete until a properly completed environmental assessment form has been submitted, a lead agency has been established, and a negative declaration or a conditioned negative declaration has been filed or a draft environmental impact statement has been accepted by the lead agency.
    • Refer to the Department's SEQR website page for additional information on environmental impact assessment.
    • SEQR Forms are available on the Department's website page.
      • If the project is an Unlisted Action, submit a completed Part 1 of a Short Environmental Assessment Form.
      • If the project is a Type I Action, submit a completed Part 1 of a Full Environmental Assessment Form.
  6. Structural / Archaeological Assessment Form (SAAF).
    • In accordance with the State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA), the application is not complete until a determination has been made concerning the impact of the project on properties listed on or eligible for listing on the State or National Register of Historic Places.
    • Submit a completed Structural Archaeological Assessment Form (PDF) (905 KB), available on the Department's website page. In some cases, a cultural resource survey, including a field study of archaeological or historic features may be needed.

Time Frames

See our web page on UPA time frames

Remember, Contact DEC Early in Your Planning and be Flexible - Let Us Help You!

Eliminate multiple mailings, multiple reviews, and misunderstandings by seeking clarifications from DEC staff at the planning stages of the project, and by submitting accurate, complete information. Be flexible in the early stages of planning until regulatory staff have had a chance to review and comment on your plans with respect to the regulatory standards required by law.


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