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E-Permit Speeds Up Application, Response Time for Encroachment Projects

Friday October 12th, 2018
Townships and other landowners who need permits to remove obstructions from wetlands and waterways now have a faster, web-based way to apply. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched an electronic permit system to give landowners a more efficient way to request permit registrations for new projects and get a faster response from DEP. 
 
A variety of projects are covered by Chapter 105 Wetland and Waterway Obstruction and Encroachment General Permits, including stream crossings, small docks and boat ramps, streambank rehabilitation or protection, gravel bar removal, intake and outfall structures, agricultural crossings and ramps, minor road crossings, agricultural activities, and fish habitat enhancement structures. 
 
DEP processes at least 2,500 Chapter 105 registration requests for business, municipal, and individual landowners each year. The Chapter 105 e-permit, which is accessed through DEP GreenPort (registration is required for first-time users), will save time for applicants and department reviewers, include online permit payment, reduce the expense of printing complex design drawings, and make information available in real-time to the public for increased transparency. DEP will also continue to accept paper registrations to accommodate applicants whose only option is a paper form.
 
As DEP continues to seek ways to modernize and increase efficiency, the agency encourages applicants to use the Chapter 105 e-permit and provide feedback on it. 
 
“We value the community’s insights on using the e-permit. They’ll be very helpful as we work to perfect a tool that enables improved service, efficiency, response time, and transparency,” said McDonnell.
 
Applicants are encouraged to send comments and suggestions on the e-permit to ra-epbweweperdwet105@pa.gov. All messages will be reviewed and considered for future improvements. Applicants will also be invited to participate in a web-based conference call to learn more about the functionality of the new tool and provide recommendations for potential enhancements.