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Procedures, Permitting Process and Approvals for Right-of-Way Improvements
2.14 State and Federal Permits and Approvals

Permit Type

Overview and Web Link

Agency

Air Quality

Notice of Construction Approval (NOC): Ecology or the local air authority has review and approval authority for the construction of new sources or modifications to existing sources of air pollution.

Sources proposing to construct a new source or modify an existing source must submit a Notice of Construction Application to Ecology or the local air authority. The application must include a description of the new or modified source, the types of equipment used that will generate air pollution, the types and amounts of air pollutants released into the air, and proposed methods for air pollution control or prevention.

Washington State Department of Ecology
Air Quality Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
(360) 407-6800
(360) 407-6802 fax

Aquatic Resources

Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA): Work that uses, diverts, obstructs, or changes the natural flow or bed of any of the salt or fresh waters of state requires a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA). Permit processing can take up to 45 days following receipt of a complete application package. Download the application for an individual permit, called a Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA)

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capital Way North Olympia, WA
98501-1091
(360) 902-2464
(360) 902-2946 fax
 

 

Aquatic Use Authorization: Anyone wishing to use state-owned aquatic lands (including harbors, state tidelands, shorelands, and beds of navigable waters and owners of adjacent lands) must get authorization from DNR. Other activities for which authorization is required include shellfish/aquaculture leases, geoduck harvest sales, dredge disposal, easements for bridges and utility crossings (including outfalls), and sand and gravel removal. Download an application for an individual permit, called a Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Aquatic Resources Division
1111 Washington Street SE
PO Box 47027
Olympia, WA
98504-7027
(360) 902-1100
(360) 902-1786 fax

Archaeological and Cultural Resources

Archaeological Excavation Permit: Excavation altering or removing archaeological resources or Native Indian grave sites. The status of any sites or structures listed in or eligible for the State or National Register of Historic Places or Local Landmark designation may need to be determined. Plans for protection or mitigation measures may be a condition of any permit issued. Get more information from the DPD Director’s Rule 2-98.

Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
1063 South Capitol Way, Suite 106
P.O. Box 48343
Olympia WA 98501
360-586-3065
360-586-3067  fax

Water Quality—Federal
 
 

401 Water Quality Certification: Applying for a federal permit or license to conduct any activity that might result in a discharge of dredge or fill material into water or non-isolated wetlands or excavation in water or non-isolated wetlands. Issuance of a certification means that the Ecology anticipates that the applicant’s project will comply with state water quality standards and other aquatic resource protection requirements under Ecology's authority. The 401 Certification can cover both the construction and operation of the proposed project. Conditions of the 401 Certification become conditions of the Federal permit or license. Download an application for an individual permit, called a Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA).
Coastal Zone Consistency Determination: Activities and development affecting coastal resources which involve federal activities, federal licenses or permits, and federal assistance programs (funding) require a written Coastal Zone Management (CZM) decision by Ecology.

Department of Ecology
Office of Regulatory Assistance

Environmental Permitting Service
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
(360) 407-7037
(800) 917-0043 toll free
(360) 407-6711  fax
Website: http://www.ora.wa.gov/

Section 10 Permit - Work in Navigable Waters: An Army Corps of Engineers Permit is required when locating a structure, excavating, or discharging dredged or fill material in waters of the United States or transporting dredged material for the purpose of dumping it into ocean waters. Typical projects requiring these permits include the construction and maintenance of piers, wharfs, dolphins, breakwaters, bulkheads, groins, jetties, mooring buoys, and boat ramps.

 US Army Corps of Engineers
Seattle District Regulatory Branch
PO Box 3755
Seattle, WA  98124-2255
(206) 764-3495
(206) 764-6602  fax

Section 404 Permit - Discharge of Dredge and Fill Material: An Army Corps of Engineers Permit is required when locating a structure, excavating, or discharging dredged or fill material in waters of the United States or transporting dredged material for the purpose of dumping it into ocean waters. Typical projects requiring these permits include the construction and maintenance of piers, wharfs, dolphins, breakwaters, bulkheads, groins, jetties, mooring buoys, and boat ramps.

US Army Corps of Engineers
Seattle District Regulatory Branch
PO Box 3755
Seattle , WA
98124-2255
(206) 764-3495
(206) 764-6602 fax

Waste and
Toxic Substance Permits

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dangerous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility: Facilities that store, treat, and/or dispose of dangerous waste must obtain a Dangerous Waste Permit for any dangerous waste activities that do not meet the less-stringent generator requirements.

Department of Ecology
Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
(360) 407-6000
Website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/

Hazardous Substance Release Notification Requirement (MTCA): The Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) is a citizen-mandated hazardous waste cleanup law. Under the MTCA regulations, owners and operators must report to Ecology any release or threatened release of a hazardous substance on their site. This requirement must be met if a historical release or a situation that could cause a release is discovered on a site. A verbal or written report must be made within ninety days of discovery.

Department of Ecology
Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
(360) 407-6000
Website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/

Hazardous Waste Release Notification (Spills or Releases): Prompt notification to Ecology is required when spills or releases of hazardous substances occur that have the potential to impact human health or the environment. Responsibility for reporting spills lies with the person who spills or releases the substance; however, any person aware of such spills is encouraged to contact Ecology.

Department of Ecology
Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
(360) 407-6000
Website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/

Model Toxics Control Act-Reporting Independent Remedial Actions: Any person who conducts an independent remedial action must submit a written report to Ecology within ninety days of completing the action. (Refer to the discussion of underground storage tanks (UST) for requirements specific to USTs) A limited number of these reports are reviewed by Ecology to evaluate, as a whole, the independent remedial actions conducted.

Department of Ecology
Toxics Cleanup Program
Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
(360) 407-7170
(360) 407-7154 fax
Website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/cleanup.html
 

Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) Site ID Number: The required Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Site ID# is an identifying number used for tracking wastes from their point of generation to final disposal. The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest system (EPA Form 8700-22) is the primary mechanism to ensure that wastes reach their intended destination. The transporter and the receiving facility signatures on the manifest you have prepared and sent with the shipment provide some assurance that the waste has been properly handled.

Department of Ecology
Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program
Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
(360) 407-6700
(360) 407-6715  fax
Website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/index.html
 

Underground Injection Control Registration: A state registration form, available from the Department of Ecology, must be completed by people who have installed or intend to install an underground injection control (UIC) well. A drywell, infiltration trench with perforated pipe, subsurface infiltration gallery and large on site septic system are some examples of UIC wells that need to register. Permits may be required, but would be determined on a site by site basis.

Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA
98504-7600
(360) 407-6400
(360) 407-6426 fax

Underground Storage Tank Notification Requirements: A state notification form, available from the Department of Ecology must be completed by people who have installed or intend to install an underground storage tank (UST).

Washington State Department of Ecology
Toxics Cleanup Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA
98504-7600
(360) 407-7170
(360) 407-7154 fax

Water Quality Permits

NPDES Individual Permit: A permit is required for soil disturbing activities (including grading, stump removal, demolition), where one or more acres will be disturbed, and have a discharge of stormwater to a receiving water (e.g., wetlands, creeks, unnamed creeks, rivers, marine waters, ditches, estuaries), and/or storm drains that discharge to a receiving water. If stormwater is retained on site, but detention facilities need to be constructed, permit coverage is required.

Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA
98504-7600
(360) 407-6400
(360) 407-6426 fax

 

NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permit: A permit is required for soil disturbing activities (including grading, stump removal, demolition), where 1 or more acres will be disturbed, and have a discharge of stormwater to a receiving water (e.g., wetlands, creeks, unnamed creeks, rivers, marine waters, ditches, estuaries), and/or storm drains that discharge to a receiving water.

Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA
98504-7600
(360) 407-6400
(360) 407-6426 fax

 

State Waste Discharge Permit: Planned discharge of wastewater to the ground or discharge of wastewater, other than domestic sewage, to municipal treatment plant requires a State Waste Discharge Permit. Discharges from industrial facilities to municipal wastewater treatment plants require a State Waste Discharge Permit if they haven’t been issued a Pretreatment Discharge Permit by the municipality.

Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA
98504-7600
(360) 407-6400
(360) 407-6426 fax

Water Resource Permits

Permit to Withdraw or Divert Surface or Ground Water: Washington State law requires certain users of public waters to receive approval from the state prior to use of the water - in the form of a Water Right Permit or certificate. Any use of surface of water (lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, or springs) which began after the state water code was enacted in 1917 requires a Water-Right Permit or certificate. Likewise, ground-water withdrawals from 1945 onward, when the state ground-water code was enacted, require a Water-Right Permit or certificate. Refer to the Ecology website for complete information about this permit, including allowable exceptions.

Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Resources Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA
98504-7600
(360) 407-6600
(360) 407-7162 fax

Wetland Permits

Wetlands: If you anticipate working in lands that are transitional between open water and uplands or that may be periodically inundated or saturated, you may be dealing with wetlands. Wetlands perform numerous important functions including water quality improvement, flood peak reduction, and stream and groundwater recharge while providing essential fish and wildlife habitat. Numerous federal, state, and local laws affect the use and protection of wetlands.

Washington State Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA
98503
(360) 407-6000

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Chapter 2
Procedures, Permitting Process and Approvals for Right-of-Way Improvements
2.1 Navigating the City of Seattle Permit Process
2.2 Street Right-of-Way Permits
2.3 Street Improvement Permits – Group 3 permits
2.4 Other Street Use Construction Permits – Groups 1 and 2
2.5 Right-of-Way Use Permits
2.6 Shoring and Excavation Permits
2.7 Utility Permits
2.8 Non-Construction Permits
2.9 Street Trees and Landscaping Permits
2.10 Other Street Right-of-Way Improvement Activities
2.11 Deviation Request Process for Street Right-of-Way Improvements
2.12 Environmental Review and Approvals
2.13 King County Permits and Approvals
2.14 State and Federal Permits and Approvals
2.15 Contact Information
   
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