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Environmental Permits Forms and Requirements

If you can, please email your permit application
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, DEC Permit staff may be working remotely. While we may not be working in the office every day, we continue to review applications and issue permits. Therefore, during this challenging time please provide a copy of your signed application electronically by email to the appropriate DEC Regional Permits Office. A hard copy of the signed application should also be sent via postal service (please observe NYSDOH COVID-19 guidelines (leaves DEC's website)).

It is important to complete the required forms and additional items found in the checklist below when applying for an environmental permit. All the materials required for each DEC permit should be submitted simultaneously so that the project may be reviewed as a whole - DEC will not begin a review of your project until a complete application is received.

Other requirements for a complete application may be necessary, please check to see if your project will need additional DEC permits or any other approvals based upon the jurisdictions of other agencies. Be aware that you are responsible for obtaining other permits and approvals, as well as easements and rights-of-way that may be required to carry out your proposed project.

Once you have determined the materials needed for the permit you are applying for, please review the steps of getting an environmental permit to become familiar with the timeline and review process under the Uniform Procedures Act (UPA). For any help in navigating the application process, please contact your Regional Permit Administrator.

For permit transfers (a change in facility ownership or a change in permittee name), the completion of an Application for Permit Transfer form (PDF) is required. The Application for Permit Transfer requires certification by both the proposed new owner/operator and the present permittee. The application should generally be submitted at least 30 days prior to transfer. For permit transfers with an Environmental Monitor Requirement and an established escrow account, please submit the Supplement A - Resolution of Environmental Monitor Escrow Account (PDF).

Use the links below to jump to the following permit categories to review requirements for a complete DEC application.

Waterways, Coastlines, & Wetlands

Permit Type Required Forms Required Items
Protection of Waters

Joint Application Form (JAF) (PDF) & Instructions (PDFs

JAF supplements and WQC Pre-filing Request:

Freshwater Wetlands
Tidal Wetlands

Water Quality Certification

Coastal Erosion Management
Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers
Floating Objects Floating Objects Permit Application (PDF)

Wastewater & Stormwater (SPDES)

Permit Type Required Forms Required Items
Industrial SPDES Application Form NY-2C (PDF)

Supplemental SPDES Forms
Municipal SPDES Application Form NY-2A (PDF)

Supplemental SPDES Forms
Private/Commercial/Institutional (PCI) SPDES SPDES Application Form P/C/I Discharge of Treated Sanitary Sewage (PDF)

DES Permit Designation of Authority (PDF)
Complete and submit this form for any contact and authorization changes for your facility.
P/C/I General Permit (GP 0-15-001)
SPDES Pesticide General Permit Pesticide GP Notice of Intent (PDF)
SPDES Stormwater General Permits SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity - GP-0-20-001 (PDF)
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) General Permit CAFO General Permit (PDF)

Water Withdrawal

Permit Type Required Forms Required Items
Water Withdrawal

Joint Application Form (JAF) (PDF) & Instructions (PDF)

JAF supplement for Water Withdrawal:

Water Withdrawal Supplement WW-1 (PDF)

Long Island Well

Mining of Mineral Resources

Permit Type Required Forms Required Items
Mined Land Reclamation

Air Facility

Permit Type Required Forms Required Items
Air State Facility and Air Title V Facility Air Permit Application Form (PDF)

Air Permit Application Instructions (PDF)

Waste Management

Permit Type Required Forms Required Items
Solid Waste Management Application for a Solid Waste Management Facility Permit (PDF)

Solid Waste Management Facility Variance Application (PDF) - for use as needed.
Hazardous Waste Management For information, contact:
Discharge or Disposal of Radioactive Material
Waste Transporters Waste Transporter Permit Application (PDF)

Other

Permit Type Required Forms Required Items
Incidental Take of Endangered Threatened Species
Joint Application Form (JAF) (PDF) & Instructions (PDF)
Liquefied Natural Gas Facility (LNG) LNG Facility Permit Application Form (PDF)

Completed applications should be submitted to:

Chief Permit Administrator
NYSDEC
Division of Environmental Permits,
625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750
  • One hard copy of the complete application should be submitted along with an electronic copy (PDF format) submitted on a compact disc.
  • Additional Materials Needed
    • Location Map​
    • Project Plans
    • Analysis of alternative locations
    • Identification and mitigation of possible environmental impacts
    • Evaluation of local fire response capabilities, emergency response plan, and training plan
    • Statement of Compliance
    • Proof of Liability Insurance
    • Application Fee
  • Environmental Review (SEQR) & Historic Preservation
    • SEQR EAF Forms
    • Structural Archaeological Assessment Form
Permit Transfers Application for Permit Transfer form (PDF) - for a change in facility ownership or a change in permittee name.

General requirements include:

  • Signatures of the Applicant, Owner and Agent, where applicable, are required.
    • If the applicant is not the owner of the land for which the application is submitted, written permission of the landowner is needed for the applicant to file the application and undertake the proposed activity. If the applicant is the landowner, this landowner attestation form (PDF) can be used as an electronic signature.
    • If the application is for state-owned underwater lands, written notice that the applicant is seeking the appropriate grant, easement or lease of such lands from the New York State Office of General Services is sufficient.
  • Email* as an attachment, or mail 3 hard copies of:

*If you choose to email the application materials, please follow up by using the postal service to mail a hard copy.

Additional Required Application Items

  1. Location Map
    • A US Geological Survey (USGS) Quadrangle Map, or equivalent, identifying the project location.
    • An acceptable location map may be obtained from DEC's online Environmental Resource Mapper.
  2. Project Plans
    • A sketch plan view and cross-section drawn to scale with dimensions given, or engineering drawings showing location and extent of work.
    • Refer to Sample Plans (PDF) available on the Department's website page.​
    • Refer to additional requirements for specific permit types.
  3. Photographs
    • At least 3 color photographs, taken from multiple directions, which clearly depict the site of the proposed activity without snow cover.
    • Include any existing structures on the site and the area surrounding the site.
    • Indicate the time and date when taken.
    • The Project Plans should note from which direction the photographs are taken.
  4. Application Fees
  5. Record of Compliance
Freshwater Wetlands Application Fees
Project Type Application Fee
Minor Projects $50
Modifications to Permits $50
Residential projects defined as associated with one single family dwelling and customary appurtenances $50
Multiple family dwellings and customary appurtenances $100
Other projects $200
Tidal Wetlands Application Fees
Project Type Application Fee
Minor Projects $200
Modifications to Permits $200
Other Projects $900
Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Permit Application Fees
Facility Capacity Application Fee
Less than 1,100 gallons $100
1,100 gallons to 10,000 gallons $500
10,001 gallons to 70,000 gallons $1,000

Environmental Review and Historic Preservation

State Environmental Quality Review

  • In accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), an application is not complete until:
    • a properly completed environmental assessment form (EAF) 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.
  • The EAF Mapper Application is used to complete questions required for both the Short and Full EAF.
    • If your project is an Unlisted Action, submit a completed Part 1 of a the Short EAF
    • If your project is a Type I Action, submit a completed Part 1 of the Full EAF.

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA)

  • 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), with your application. In some cases, a cultural resource survey, including a field study of archaeological or historic features may be needed. See the Applicant's Guide to the State Historic Preservation Act (PDF).

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