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Processing the Permit Application
General Authorization Notifications
To authorize a project under one of the nine GAs, the Department reviews the GA notification within 30 days of receipt to confirm that it is complete and eligible.
Individual Permit and General Permit Applications
Step 1: Application Completeness Review: (30 days for IPs/15 days for GPs)
The application is reviewed for completeness and applicable permit type. A completeness review letter is sent to the applicant documenting the review. If the application is deemed incomplete, a new complete application is required.
Step 2: Public Review Period: (30 days for IPs/15 days for GPs) If the application is complete, the public review period is initiated. A notice is sent to other agencies, adjacent property owners and other parties inviting comment on the application.
Step 3: Final Review: (60 days for IPs/10 days for GPs) Comments relevant to the decision-making process are considered. The applicant is invited to address relevant comments and any unresolved technical issues by providing additional information or revising the project.
Step 4: Permit Decision: The entire record is evaluated against the criteria for permit issuance and a permit is approved or denied. If more time is needed to address issues, the applicant may request an extension of the decision deadline.
Permit Type Completeness Review Public Review Final Review & Decision
Individual Permit Up to 30 days 30 days Up to 60 days
General Authorization Up to 30 days    
General Permit Up to 15 days 15 days Up to 10 days
Emergency Permit Decided as promptly as possible
  *Days are calendar days
Permit Renewal and Transfer
Permits may be issued for up to five years and may be renewed upon request. Before an IP expires, DSL will notify the permittee of the opportunity to renew the permit. GAs and GPs are issued for three years and are not renewable.
Modifying the Permit
Modification of a permit may be requested by the permittee or initiated by the Department.
Special Permit Situations
By law, state correctional facilities, solid waste landfills and  energy generation facilities, and maintain industrial projects, follow a removal-fill permit process that is different than the standard IP process.
Permit-Related Appeals
A permit or authorization decision may be appealed by the applicant or third parties that are “aggrieved” or “adversely affected” by the authorization decision. Applicants may appeal an incompleteness determination. Appeals are adjudicated through the contested case hearing process. 
Removal-Fill Guide: Chapter 6 – Processing the Permit Application 

Removal-Fill Guide