Navigating the Permitting Process
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Environmental Assistance Center
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources' new Environmental Assistance Center is a customer-focused program providing technical assistance and guidance through regulatory, permitting and compliance processes as well as help in reducing overall environmental impacts. The Center serves as a single point of contact for our customers and is a liaison between the customer and the regulatory agencies to improve customer satisfaction. The center has staff representatives across the state to assist you through the regulatory process. Click here for more information.
The Express permitting option offers a more timely review of certain environmental permits than the traditional permit review process. It offers quicker decisions on permits and certifications, as well as direct consultation with DENR division staff to identify necessary requirements. Click here for more information.
NCDENR Permit Handbook
This permit directory, produced by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, centralizes all of the department’s permit information. It is a guide that covers North Carolina’s most commonly required environmental permits, licenses, certifications, approvals, etc. By using this handbook, NCDENR hopes that you can quickly gain an initial understanding of regulatory requirements for various permitted activities. Click here for more information.
This compilation of documents provides materials to help you navigate the permitting processes within NCDENR. Along with helpful tips to use while completing your permit applications, you will find information on what NOT to do. Also our Environmental Assistance Coordinators can facilitate scoping meetings with the necessary regulatory agencies to discuss the project in the early stages of project development. This allows for easier planning on the customers part and provides information about what to expect during the permitting process. Click here for more information.
Small Business Assistance
The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program focuses on the needs of small businesses – those who are frequently affected by environmental rules but lack the expertise and money needed to hire someone who could guide them through the regulatory, permitting and compliance process.This program provides free, confidential and non-regulatory assistance to small businesses on air quality and other regulatory requirements. Click here for more information.