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Ecology Services

Permitting Help

Ecology is responsible for protecting, preserving, and enhancing Washington’s environment. Permits ensure that businesses and individuals understand and comply with all applicable federal and state environmental standards to protect our air, land, and water. The following resources are available to help you with your permitting needs.

Do You Already Know the Specific Environmental Permit Application and Information You Need?

This is your one-stop shop to find information on activities requiring a permit, including the purpose, fees, applications, where to submit applications, how long permit decisions will take, applicable rules, and agency contacts, guidelines, and supporting information.

Are You Unsure About Which Environmental Permits You Need?

The Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance (ORA) can help you with permit assistance by calling 1-800-917-0043, or email to help@ora.wa.gov, or by visiting the ORA website. In addition, ORA staff assists project proponents navigate through complex projects needing multiple environmental permits. Regional assistance leads are available to work with you to create a roadmap for your specific permit process.

Prefer Online Assistance?

The Environmental Permit Handbook is your one-stop shop for details about Ecology’s permits and most of the commonly required environmental permits from other state agencies, with links to regulatory agencies statewide. You can also complete a Project Questionnaire to help you identify which permits, approvals, and licenses you may need.

Other Permitting Resources

Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to know which permits will be needed for your project. These additional resources may be of help:

Need Other Regulatory Information?

  • Laws and Rules – List of environmental laws and rules, current rule-making, and other related information.
  • Technical Assistance – Resources to support voluntary compliance with environmental rules and good stewardship of Washington's environmental resources.
  • Environmental Review / SEPA – Review of environmental impacts of proposed projects.
  • Site Cleanup – Identification and cleanup of contaminated sites. Includes Underground Storage Tanks.
  • Enforcement – When businesses don't voluntarily comply with environmental requirements.
  • Lean at Ecology – Using continuous process improvement to simplify our business processes.
  • Accountability to Citizens – Strategic planning, performance, and accountability.

LEARN ABOUT:

Permitted Sites and Facilities

Public Involvement Opportunities

Major Industrial Sites (Oil, Pulp & Paper, and Aluminum)

HELP FROM OTHER AGENCIES

Office of Regulatory Assistance

EPA Region 10