Permitting

Permitting Services


ORIA’s environmental permitting resources can help you with projects large or small!

 

Project Questionnaire


A tool developed by the Department of Ecology to help you determine which environmental permits you might need for your project

Regulatory Handbook


The Regulatory Handbook contains information about local, state, and federal permits, approvals, and licenses for Washington state.

Permit Process Schematics


ORIA's permit process schematics illustrate the application, review, and appeal phases for specific permits. They show you step-by-step how various permit processes work.

ORIA Information Center


Contact us at 1-800-917-0043 or at help@oria.wa.gov if you don't know which permits are needed or you are looking for a specific permit. Our services are free.

Permitting Tips & Timesavers


Permitting takes time and careful planning. So, before you draw any plans, dig any holes, or build any structures, think about how you can work with the permitting system. By doing this—and planning ahead - you’ll make getting the permits you need a whole lot easier.

We developed some tips and timesavers to help you avoid costly, time-consuming delays and...to get it right the first time.

 

Frequently asked permitting questions


Usually, shoreline (conditional, exempt, etc) from local jurisdiction. Depending on the location a permit may be required from DNR, USACE and/or WDFW. Recommend contact the local jurisdiction (planning department) first - they should be able to assist with the other permits.
The Gold and Fish Pamphlet serves as the permit for freshwater mineral prospecting and mining activities as described in it. We recommend contacting the local WDFW regional office for an updated copy of the pamphlet.

If you want to conduct prospecting activities at different times, locations or with different equipment allowed in the pamphlet, you may need to apply for a HPA . We recommend contacting your Habitat Biologist for assistance.
To operate an auto repair shop, you may be required to obtain permits from:
□ Department of Ecology, Hazardous Waste & Toxic Reduction (HWTR) program: we recommend reviewing the Shop Guide for Dangerous Waste Management from your local clean air agency .
□ Your local jurisdiction: we recommend contacting the local jurisdiction (city / county ) planning department to verify the location of your business is zoned for your type of business.
For information on registering your Underground Storage Tank, visit: https://ecology.wa.gov/Spills-Cleanup/Contamination-cleanup/Underground-storage-tanks.

For additional assistance or questions, contact the Department of Ecology, Underground Storage Tank program at 800-826-7716 or tanks@ecy.wa.gov
If you are looking for a water supply for a project or want to make a change to an existing water right, visit: https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Water-rights-permits.

Environmental Permitting Publications


 DescriptionFile NameCategory 
Aquatic Permitting
Aquatic Permitting.pdf [ver. 3]
Biodiesel Facility Large Scale Environmental Permitting Fact Sheet
Biodiesel Facility Large Scale Environmental Permitting Fact Sheet.pdf
Biodiesel Facility Large Scale Table of Environmental Permits
Biodiesel Facility Large Scale Table of Environmental Permits.pdf [ver. 4]
Biodiesel Facility Small Scale Environmental Permitting Fact Sheet
Biodiesel Facility Small Scale Environmental Permitting Fact Sheet.pdf [ver. 4]
Broadband Projects Environmental Permitting Guidance
Broadband Projects Environmental Permitting Guidance.pdf [ver. 2]
Closed Loop Ground Source Heat Pumps
Closed Loop Ground Source Heat Pumps.pdf
Closed Loop Surface Water Heat Pumps
Closed Loop Surface Water Heat Pumps.pdf [ver. 3]
Manufacturing Facilities - Common Environmental Reports
Manufacturing Facilities - Common Environmental Reports.pdf
Open Loop Ground Source Heat Pumps
Open Loop Ground Source Heat Pumps.pdf
Open Loop Surface Water Heat Pumps
Open Loop Surface Water Heat Pumps.pdf [ver. 2]
Shoreline Permitting Guidance Docks/Piers/Floats/Lifts/Buoys
Shoreline Permitting Guidance.pdf [ver. 2]

Permit Schematics A - M


 DescriptionFile Name 
401 Water Quality Certification
401-Water-Quality-Certification-Schematics.pdf
Air Operating Permit (AOP)
Air-Operating-Permit-Schematics.pdf [ver. 3]
Air Quality Notice of Construction (NOC) Permit
Air-Quality-Notice-Of-Construction-Permit-Schematics.pdf [ver. 2]
Aquatic Use Authorization
Aquatic-Use-Authorization-Schematics.pdf
Agricultural Field Burn Permit
Burn-Permit-Agricultural-Field-Schematics.pdf
Agricultural Pile Burn Permit
Burn-Permit-Agricultural-Pile-Schematics.pdf
Land Clearing Burn Permit
Burn-Permit-Land-Clearing-Schematics.pdf
Citizen Proponent Negotiation (CPN)
Citizen-Proponent-Negotiation-Schematics.pdf
Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Federal Consistency
Coastal-Zone-Management-Schematics.pdf
Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility - Class 1 Modification (Requires No Prior Approval)
Dangerous-Waste-Mod-Class1-No-Prior-Approval-Schematics.pdf
Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility - Class 1 Modification (Requires Prior Approval)
Dangerous-Waste-Mod-Class1-Requires-Approval-Schematics.pdf
Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility - Class 2 Modification
Dangerous-Waste-Mod-Class2-Schematics.pdf
Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility - Class 3 Modification
Dangerous-Waste-Mod-Class3-Schematics.pdf
Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility - Modification Class Determination
Dangerous-Waste-Mod-Class-Determination-Schematics.pdf
Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility - New Permit
Dangerous-Waste-New-Permit-Schematics.pdf
Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility - Renewal
Dangerous-Waste-Permit-Renewal-Schematics.pdf
Fish Habitat Enhancement Project
Fish-Habitat-Enhancement-Project-Schematics.pdf
Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA)
Hydraulic-Project-Approval-(HPA)-Schematics.pdf
Industrial Stormwater Permit - Termination Process
Industrial-Stormwater-Permit-Termination-Process-Schematics.pdf
Industrial Stormwater Permit - Transfer Process
Industrial-Stormwater-Permit-Transfer-Process-Schematics.pdf
Large On-Site Sewage System Operating Permit (Between 3,500 and 100,000 gpd)
Large-Onsite-Sewage-System-Permit-Schematics.pdf

Permit Schematics N - Z


 DescriptionFile Name 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
National-Environmental-Policy-Act-Schematics.pdf
New Water Right Permit Process
New-Water-Right-Permit-Process-Schematics.pdf [ver. 3]
Notice of Intent (NOI) and Siting Criteria
Notice-Of-Intent-NOI-And-Siting-Criteria-Schematics.pdf
NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permit
NPDES-Construction-Stormwater-General-Permit-Schematics.pdf
NPDES Individual Permit
NPDES-Individual-Permit-Schematics.pdf
NPDES Industrial Stormwater General Permit
NPDES-Industrial-Stormwater-General-Permit-Schematics.pdf
NPDES - Sand & Gravel Permit for Non-Portable Facilities and State Waste Discharge Permit
NPDES-Sand-Gravel-NonPortable-State-Waste-Discharge-Permit-Schematics.pdf
NPDES - Sand & Gravel Permit for Portable Facilities and State Waste Discharge Permit
NPDES-Sand-Gravel-Portable-State-Waste-Discharge-Permit-Schematics.pdf
Permit for Discharge of Dredge or Fill Material (Section 404)
Permit-For-Discharge-Of-Dredge-Or-Fill-Materials-Section-404-Schematics.pdf [ver. 2]
Permit for Work in Navigable Waters (Section 10)
Permit-For-Work-In-Navigable-Waters-Section-10-Schematics.pdf
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) - Air Quality Permit
Prevention-of-Significant-Deterioration-PSD-Air-Quality-Permit-Schematics.pdf [ver. 4]
Radioactive Air Emission Approval to Construct
Radioactive-Air-Emission-Approval-To-Construct-Schematics.pdf
Radioactive Air Emission Exemption from Approval to Construct and License to Operate
Radioactive-Air-Emission-Exemption-From-Approval-Construct-License-Operate-Schematics.pdf
Radioactive Air Emission License to Operate New Facility or Modification of an Existing Source (New Construction or Abatement)
Radioactive-Air-Emission-License-Operate-Modify-Existing-Source-Schematics.pdf [ver. 2]
Radioactive Air Emission Modification/Revision Approval to Construct (New Construction or Abatement Controls)
Radioactive-Air-Emission-Modification-Revision-Approval-To-Construct-Controls-Schematics.pdf [ver. 2]
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Site Identification Number (RCRA Site ID)
Resource-Conservation-And-Recovery-Act-Schematics.pdf
Shoreline Conditional Use Permit and Variance
Shoreline-Conditional-Use-Permit-And-Variance-Schematics.pdf
Shoreline Substantial Development Permit
Shoreline-Substantial-Development-Permit-Schematics.pdf
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) (For GMA Agencies)
State-Environmental-Policy-Act-GMA-Agencies-Schematics.pdf
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) (For Non-GMA Agencies)
State-Environmental-Policy-Act-NonGMA-Agencies-Schematics.pdf
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
State-Environmental-Policy-Act-Schematics.pdf
State Wastewater Discharge Permit
State-Wastewater-Discharge-Permit-Schematics.pdf
US Army Corp of Engineers Administrative Appeal Process - Link G
US-Army-Corps-Of-Engineers-Administrative-Appeal-Link-G-Schematics.pdf [ver. 2]
Water Conservancy Board - Change Existing Water Right
Water-Conservancy-Board-Schematics.pdf [ver. 2]
Change Existing Water Rights Permit Process
Water-Rights-Change-Permit-Schematics.pdf
Wetland Regulations
Wetland-Regulations-Schematics.pdf

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