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Chapter 102 ePermit System

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released the initial phases of the Chapter 102 electronic permitting system (ePermit System) to improve the efficiency of submissions and reviews of Chapter 102 permit applications and Notices of Intent (NOIs) and enable faster responses to applicants. The web-based Chapter 102 ePermit System can be accessed through DEP’s GreenPort. The initial releases for voluntary use include:

  • New NOIs and amendments* for coverage under the PAG-02 General NPDES Permit; and,
  • New applications and amendments* for Individual NPDES Permits for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities

Information for Applicants

Applicants of Chapter 102 permits that wish to use the ePermit System are required to have an Electronic Filing Administrator (EFA). The EFA is the applicant or an employee or member of an organization who has permission to manage applications and users on the organization’s behalf within the ePermit System. EFAs should follow the registration instructions in the EFA User Guide. The links below provide assistance to EFAs in video format; while the videos were developed for the Chapter 105 ePermit System, the processes are generally the same for the Chapter 102 ePermit System.

Unless one has already been created, a prospective user will need to create a GreenPort account to access the ePermit System. Only one GreenPort account is necessary regardless of the number of DEP electronic applications the user will access. However, a user will need separate permissions for some DEP ePermit Systems, which is the case for the Chapter 102 ePermit System. Once an account is created, the user will need to complete the EFA form online by completing the DEP New Client Registration. Note: GreenPort accounts are not corporate accounts and must be created, managed and controlled by an individual.

User information from the New Client Registration will require DEP verification, and the proper connections will be made from the user’s GreenPort account to existing records (if any) in DEP’s eFACTS data system. A user may prepare an ePermit application while the EFA Client registration is being reviewed and completed by DEP. Potential users having problems creating a GreenPort account should call the DEP Service Help Desk at 717-787-HELP (4357).

Information for Other Users (e.g., Consultants)

Consultants, employees of the applicant that are not EFAs, and others are considered Operators and should follow the Operator User Guide. Operators should complete and submit the User Registration and Security Agreement (Word) (PDF) to the EFA prior to preparing a permit application on behalf of the EFA. The link below provides assistance to Operators in video format; while the videos were developed for the Chapter 105 ePermit System, the processes are generally the same for the Chapter 102 ePermit System.

Note: The “Consultant for Individual” option in the EFA Registration process was developed for assisting individuals without internet access. The Bureau of Clean Water (BCW) is evaluating this option and is currently not accepting this method. If you have a client that does not have a computer or use computers, you can still submit via paper.

Help – ePermit Resources

Contact the Business Support Help Desk if you encounter technical problems with GreenPort or the ePermit System:

Phone Number: (717) 787-HELP (4357)
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Contact via Web

Contact DEP’s Bureau of Clean Water if you have program-specific questions: RA-EPCHAPTER102@pa.gov.

Release Schedule

The schedule below provides dates for the phased rollout of the Chapter 102 ePermit System:

  1. New NOIs and amendments* for the PAG-02 General NPDES Permit – released January 25, 2021;
  2. New applications and amendments* for Individual NPDES Permits for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities – released April 21, 2021;
  3. New applications and amendments* for Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control (E&S) Permits for Discharge of Stormwater Associated with Construction Activities – tentatively planned for July 28, 2021; and,
  4. New NOIs, amendments*, and renewals for the Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit (ESCGP-3) for earth disturbance associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilitates – tentatively planned for September 29, 2021.

*Amendments can be processed within the ePermit System only if the original NOI/application was submitted through ePermit System.