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Help for Businesses

Businesses that use sound environmental decisions in their operations are the strongest, most successful enterprises in NYS. Whether your business needs help with a permit application (contact the appropriate regional permit administrator, or refer to our Permits webpage for more information), or you want to make your business greener, partnering with DEC early in the process is the best way to benefit the environment and your bottom line.

Sound environmental choices build successful businesses. Whatever your need, this is where to start.

Permit Information and Assistance

DEC can help your business grow in efficiency and in environmental stewardship by assisting you with the following:

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DEC can help your business grow both in
efficiency and environmental responsibility

Environmental Audit Incentive Policy

Commissioner Policy 59- Environmental Audit Incentive encourages regulated entities to audit their operations and adopt effective approaches to prevent violations, such as using environmental management systems and pollution prevention techniques. This will improve compliance with environmental laws statewide, and protect public health and the environment.

CP-59 reduces or waives penalties for violations that are discovered and disclosed voluntarily, and for violations discovered during pollution prevention or compliance assistance.

New Owners - If you are acquiring a business, the policy includes special provisions to encourage new owners to disclose violations discovered during acquisition.

Greening Your Business

Businesses face many challenges, but greening yours shouldn't be one of them. Improve your bottom line and incorporate sustainability into your everyday business practices. DEC collaborates with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. NYSP2I, which offers unparalleled capabilities in remanufacturing, polymer processing, toxics reduction, resource conservation, and environmental engineering.

Your business may also be interested in the New York State Green Procurement Program. It develops specifications and provides guidance for state agencies, public authorities and public benefit corporations to purchase green products and services.

Contracting with DEC

DEC contracts for commodities and services that are needed to fulfill its mission, including promoting Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBE). DEC also contracts to provide state and local assistance funding to eligible recipients.


More about Help for Businesses:

  • Permit Information and Assistance - Explains how to obtain a permit or determine the status of a pending permit and links to other resources and technical assistance for businesses