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Environmental Permits

What is the Uniform Procedures Act?

The procedures for administering the Department of Environmental Conservation's key regulatory permits are standardized in the Uniform Procedures Act, Article 70 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). The Act provides time frames and procedures for:

  • filing and reviewing applications
  • providing public notice
  • holding public hearings
  • reaching final decisions

The Act is intended to:

  • ensure a fair, timely, thorough review
  • eliminate inconsistent procedures
  • encourage public participation

The Department's regulation for implementing UPA is 6 NYCRR Part 621, (link leaves DEC's website) Uniform Procedures Regulations.

Need Help?

Contact the appropriate Regional Permit Administrator for information on the following UPA permit programs. For other permits, contact the appropriate DEC division.

UPA Permits

Do I need a Permit?

More information on many of Environmental Permits is provided via the links below.

Also, under the Uniform Procedures Act, the Department may issue General Permits to allow similar types of work not unique to a particular location. 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. Find more information about General permits by visiting the general permits page.

Waterways, Coastlines & Wetlands

For help in determining permitting requirements, the Department has developed the Environmental Resource Mapper (ERM). 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.

Wastewater, Stormwater & Water Withdrawal


Mineral Resources

Other Permits

More about Environmental Permits:

  • Guide to Permit Hearings - A permit hearing offers the public an opportunity to participate in DEC project review. This document gives an overview of the DEC permit hearing process.
  • Guide to Permit Hearings in Spanish - Una audiencia para obtener permiso ofrece al público una oportunidad de participar en el análisis del proyecto de DEC. Este documento ofrece una perspectiva general del proceso de audiencia de DEC para obtener un permiso.