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e-permitting for Chapter 105 General Permits, Water Obstructions and Encroachments

As part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to improve the permitting process, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched an ePermit for Chapter 105 Wetland and Waterway Obstruction and Encroachment General Permits to make application submittal and review more efficient and enable faster responses to applicants.

DEP began accepting Chapter 105 registrations/applications for General Permits for various types of water obstruction and encroachments through the e-permitting system in October 2018. The DEP is transitioning away from paper to online electronic permit applications through e-permitting.

Opportunity for Input While in Beta

The ePermit application is fully functional and available for use to submit general permit applications, but it is in a “beta” test phase. We are creating an opportunity for users to provide feedback. Applicants are encouraged to send comments and suggestions on the ePermit to a dedicated email account: All messages will be reviewed and considered for future improvements. We intend to use this input to perfect a tool that creates transparency, consistency, efficiency and speeds up the process.

How e-permitting Works

e-permitting is different than the traditional process where an application or registration is submitted to DEP is one form or another. The system is account based. Like many other online accounts, communications, drafts, past history, etc. will be available. Therefore, the account manager will need to manage the applicant/owner account for all submissions, not just one submission.

Because this is account based, how applicants/owners work with consultants does change.

Please watch these System Overview Videos which help explain the overall framework of the e-permitting system related to Chapter 105.

Ch. 105 e-permitting – System Overview (2 min)

Ch. 105 e-permitting – User Role Overview (4 min)

Ch. 105 e-permitting – Dashboard Overview (4 min)

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