Sporting Licenses & Use of State Land
- Hunting licenses
- Freshwater fishing licenses
- Saltwater fishing registration
- Trapping licenses
- Backcountry camping permit
- Outdoor recreation guide licenses
Fish, Wildlife, & Plants
- Wildlife rehabilitator license
- Collect, possess, or sell wildlife licenses
- Control nuisance wildlife and plants
- Stock fish or wildlife permits and licenses
Commercial Fishing & Aquaculture
- Finfish licenses
- Shellfish permits and licenses
- Crustacea permits
- Aquaculture and hatcheries permits and licenses
- Bait collection or sale permits and licenses
Wastewater, Stormwater, & Water Withdrawal
- Wastewater treatment permits
- Stormwater permits
- Withdrawal/distribute water permits
- Drill a water well registration
Waterways, Coastlines, & Wetlands
- Culverts, bridges
- Build and repair dams, docks, and ponds
- Bulkheads and rip-rap
- Building, developing
- Dredge, excavate, fill
Drilling & Mining of Mineral Resources
- Drill an oil or gas well permit
- Plug an oil or gas well permit
- Mine minerals/sand/gravel permit
- Explore bluestone deposits permit
Chemicals, Petroleum, & Pesticides
Waste Management, Composting, Recycling
Didn't find what you were looking for?
Use the search link in the upper right-hand corner of this page to find a permit, form or application. Be specific for best search results, examples: "build a pond," "renew pesticide certification," "dry cleaner permit."
New businesses may need several permits from DEC and other state agencies. Use the Custom Business Checklist (leaves DEC website) to see which permits may be required.
Getting an Environmental Permit
For permits that help protect air, water, mineral, and biological resources, learn the steps of the application process and the Uniform Procedures Act that governs the process.
Emergency Permits and Storm Recovery
If you have a situation that threatens life, health, property, or natural resources, see Emergency Authorizations. For repairs and reconstruction due to damage from a significant regional storm event, see storm recovery permits.
General permits are issued for activities that have been determined to have limited impact on the environment. They allow similar types of work not unique to a particular location. In addition, some general permits address work necessary after natural disasters or extraordinary weather. If your activity qualifies for a General Permit, the process is streamlined.
Get help with the permitting process
- For assistance with permits that help protect air, water, mineral and biological resources, contact your regional permit administrator. The regional permit administrator can help you determine which permits are necessary and walk you through the permitting process.
- For sporting, recreational, temporary and other permits, contact the appropriate DEC division.
Check the status of a permit
You can look up the status of certain permits that protect air, water, mineral, and biological resources by using the DEC Permits Applications (DART) search.
Resources to help with Permitting Requirements
Environmental Resource Mapper (ERM) - Can be used to create and print maps that can be submitted as part of the permit application process.
Environmental Assessment Form Mapper (EAF Mapper) - use this tool to help with location-based information needed in Part 1 of the Environmental Assessment Form.
DEC Permit Applications (DART) Search - the search wizard gives you detailed information on environmental permits processed by DEC under UPA. Including the status of applications issued.