Under the Uniform Procedures Act, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) may issue General Permits 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.
General Permits for Storm Recovery may be issued for affected regions of the state for non-emergency cleanup and repair work necessitated by severe storms which may include heavy rains, flash flooding, thunderstorms, etc.
Great Lakes Erosion Control: General Permit (GP-0-20-004)
DEC has issued a General Permit (GP-0-20-004) for various shoreline stabilization and structural repair activities in state-regulated waters, wetlands, and coastal erosion hazard areas along Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, and St. Lawrence River. The Great Lakes Erosion Control General Permit (GP-0-20-004) was issued on May 8, 2020 for a five-year term in response to recurring high-water events in these systems and the ongoing need for affected property owners to install shoreline stabilization measures and repair damaged property.
Before doing any work under the General Permit, individuals must apply for coverage under the General Permit and then receive written approval from DEC for the work proposed.
For further information, please contact your Regional Permit Administrator. See the NYS Lake Ontario Flooding webpage for additional flooding information and resources.
Stream Activities: General Permit (GP-0-20-002)
DEC has issued a statewide general permit for various activities in state-regulated streams, navigable waters, and wetlands. The Stream Activities General Permit (GP-0-20-002) has been issued for a five-year term in response to the ongoing need for affected property owners to stabilize stream banks, repair culverts and bridges, repair utility lines, and undertake other routine projects within regulated New York State waters, with certain exclusions.
The permit is effective May 21, 2021 through May 20, 2026. The permit authorizations include ECL Article 15 Stream Disturbance; ECL Article 15 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters; ECL Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands; and State Section 401 Water Quality Certification.
New York State Programmatic General Permit
DEC and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have issued a New York Statewide Programmatic General Permit (NYSPGP-1) for post-storm recovery activities in portions of New York State. When activated following major storm events, NYSPGP-1 authorizes activities to facilitate the recovery and restoration of damaged properties, projects, aquatic resources, and infrastructure. NYSPGP-1 offers one application for the purpose of complying with both agencies' regulations pursuant to the Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Appropriations Act of 1899 and New York State Environmental Conservation Law, which collectively govern discharge of pollutants into fresh waters, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands.
NYSPGP-1 is not currently active for any major storm events.