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Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Permit Program: Is this Project Major or Minor?

Requirements Differ Between Major and Minor Projects

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Review time frames, procedures, and requirements for public notice for applications are different for major and minor projects under the Uniform Procedures Act requirements (Part 621). Generally, minor projects have shorter review time frames and require less public review. Notice of all major projects must be published in both the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) and a designated local newspaper to allow for public review.

Minor Projects

Minor rivers system projects include:

  • subdivisions creating not more than two lots;
  • construction of single family dwellings in subdivisions approved pursuant to Part 666 or on lots that otherwise conform to the restrictions of Part 666;
  • construction of accessory structures or signs.

Major Projects

All other activities are considered Major Projects for the public notice requirements of the Uniform Procedures Act.

Note that when a project involves any other activity requiring another DEC permit and that activity considered a major project, all applications for that project are considered Major.

Further, if under SEQR, an activity considered minor as per the above, is determined to have a significant effect on the environment, the project will thereafter be processed as a major project.


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