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Permits, Licenses, and Registrations

To find popular permits, licenses, registrations or certifications, use the links below. See the full listing for each category by clicking on the "More..." link.

Sporting Licenses & Use of State Land

More sporting/use of state land

Fish, Wildlife, & Plants

More fish, wildlife, and plants

Commercial Fishing & Aquaculture

More commercial fishing

Wastewater, Stormwater, & Water Withdrawal

More wastewater, stormwater, etc.

Waterways, Coastlines, & Wetlands

More waterways, coastlines, etc.

Drilling & Mining of Mineral Resources

More drilling and mining

Chemicals, Petroleum, & Pesticides

More chemical, petroleum, etc.


More air

Waste Management, Composting, Recycling

More waste management, composting, recycling

Didn't find what you were looking for?

Use the search box 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 Permitting

General Permits are issued for activities that have been determined to have limited impact on the environment. If your activity qualifies for a General Permit, the permitting process is generally quick and simple.

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. The Permit Programs webpage lists the types of permits that can be searched using DART and has a link to the system.