The Department issues many types of permits, certifications, and registrations, and has available several methods for keeping the public informed regarding the progress of applications for these authorizations. This page provides some general information for those seeking related information.
I received a notice in the mail that I am an adjoining property owner to a proposed activity, what does this mean?
An applicant is required to provide notice to their adjoining property owners prior to applying to the Department and must certify that they have notified adjoining property owners with their application. This is a requirement under Act 150, to allow adjoining property owners a chance to participate in the public comment process for activities that may affect them. Complete applications will be posted to the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB), a public website.
Applications for activities only appear on ENB after they have been deemed administratively complete by the Department which means all information has been provided and any fee has been received. Therefore, it could take several weeks for the public notice of your activity to appear on ENB.
- You can register to receive notifications of activities in your Town so you would know when the application was administratively complete and posted to ENB. Please follow the instructions in the instructional guide to register and set up your subscription.
- If you choose to not register for these notifications, you may check back again after one or two weeks of receiving a notice in the mail.
I am looking for a certain permit type but don’t see it on ENB- is there another place I can find it?
Yes. ENB is for permit or other activity applications that are governed by Act 150, but some permits are exempt because they have different notice procedures or may not require a public notice period. You can visit DEC’s permit information page to learn more about activities that are not required to be publicly noticed on ENB. Exempt Permits/Activities include:
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permits
- Hazardous Waste Facility - Certificates of Need
- On site wastewater and potable water supply
- Unsafe Dam Orders
The permit/activity type that I am looking for is a type that should be noticed on ENB, but I can’t find the activity I am looking for- is there someplace else I should be looking?
Yes, during this transition period applications that were deemed administratively complete prior to January 1, 2018 will not be noticed through the new ENB and the applications will be reviewed under former procedures. Please visit DEC’s Public Notice page to learn where to find these applications on notice.
For further information, you may use our complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, or call the Department's main phone number 802-828-1556 and you will be directed to someone who can assist you.