The process of applying for and obtaining permits generally begins with an assessment of the environmental sensitivity of the project site. D&B reviews available maps, aerials, reports, and databases, including those of appropriate regulatory agencies, to determine the spatial relationship of a project site to sensitive environmental resources that may exist on, adjacent to, or near the site.
Sensitive Environmental Resources Include:
- Federal, State, or Locally Regulated Tidal or Freshwater Wetlands.
- Classified Surface Water Bodies.
- Groundwater Protection Areas.
- Special Terrestrial and Aquatic Habitats.
- Endangered, Threatened, or Rare Species.
- Cultural, Historic, and Archaeological Resources.
- Sensitive Receptors (i.e., Schools, Hospitals, Senior Housing).
Once the environmental sensitivity has been established, D&B confers or meets with federal, state or local agencies as necessary to confirm agency jurisdiction and permits required and to understand any special application requirements or pre-determined permit conditions. D&B provides conceptual layouts, project descriptions, maps, photos and drawings so the regulatory agency can determine the presumptive compatibility of the project with the uses and functions of the particular environmental resources that could be impacted by the project over the short term, during construction, and during long term operation.
After Agency Coordination, D&B prepares required application forms and supporting documentation, comprising a Draft Permit Application Package. For most environmental permits, the NYSDEC has developed a federally approved Joint Application Process. This process enables applicants to apply for several federal and state permits with one application package. The Application Package generally includes the following items:
- Application Processing Fee (if required)
- Joint Application Form
- Permission to Inspect Form
- Part 1 of Environmental Assessment Form (EAF)
- Structural Archaeological Assessment Form (SAAF)
- Environmental Questionnaire (for federal approvals)
- Federal Consistency Assessment Form with Coastal Policy Assessment
- Project Description
- Engineers Drawings and Maps, Aerials, and Photos