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Permit Programs

About Permits at DEC

DEC is responsible for overseeing many different types of permits:

  • Permits for recreation and sporting activities, land access, waste transportation, and several other programs are managed by several DEC divisions.
  • Permits protecting New York's air, water, mineral, and biological resources may be subject to the requirements of the Uniform Procedures Act and are managed by DEC's Division of Environmental Permits

Questions about permits should be directed to the division managing that specific permit program.

DEC Permits

For information on the following permits, please use the contact information listed next to each item or click on the appropriate link in the left navigation column.

Waste Transporters - (518) 402-8792 - Bureau of Solid Waste Management

Camp on Public Lands - call regional forest ranger for that area, see back country camping contact list

Temporary Revocable Permit (TRP) - Permit for a Group Event, Research or Organized Activity on State Land - Division of Lands and Forests

Timber Harvest on State Forest Lands - (518) 402-9428 - Bureau of State Land Management

Timber Harvest on Private Lands - (518) 402-9425 - Bureau of Private Land Services

Access to DEC-Managed Tidal Wetlands - (631) 444-0273 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources

Sporting Licenses - (518) 402-8845 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources

Deer Management Permits - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources

Special Licenses and Permits - (518) 402-8985 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources

Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture Permits - (631) 444-0470 - Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources

Oil, Gas and Solution Salt Well - (518) 402-8056 - Division of Mineral Resources

Pesticide Certification and Business Registration - (518) 402-8788 - Division of Materials Management

For help in determining permitting requirements, the Department has developed the Environmental Resource Mapper (ERM) and the Environmental Assessment Form Mapper also known as the EAF Mapper.

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.

The EAF Mapper tool can be used to help answer some questions on the Environmental Assessment Form that may be required as part of the permit application process.

Detailed information on specific applications processed by the Department under the Uniform Procedures Act can be accessed through the DEC Permit Applications (DART) Search, including the status of applications issued, denied or currently under review. This search wizard also provides the means to do searches of applications by location, permit type, and date period. The results from these searches can be further sorted by applicant name, facility name and application status.

More about Permit Programs:

  • Environmental Permits - How to apply for a New York State DEC Permit
  • Check the Status of a Permit - How to check the status of a pending permit application or renew, modify or transfer an existing permit.
  • General Permits - This page provides links to General Permits available to the public for various activities. Such work may be the result of natural disasters or extraordinary weather, or for other activities that have been determined not to have a significant impact on the environment.
  • Permit Documentation for Notable Projects - Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco)is proposing the installation of a 26-inch diameter pipeline that would transport natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey.
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  • Div. of Env. Permits
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233
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