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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 [link leaves DEC website]). 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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