Historical Permit Information

Reissuance of the 2016 Sand & Gravel General Permit

Ecology reissued the Sand & Gravel General Permit on February 17, 2016. The reissued permit went into effect on April 1, 2016.

Comparison Between the 2011 and Final 2016 Permit: Shows changes between the 2011 Permit and the the 2016 permit (typically green underlined text is unchanged moved language, red strikethrough text is deleted language, red underlined text is new language)

Permit Reissuance Work

The 2011 Sand & Gravel General Permit expired on October 1, 2015. This timeline shows the main events related to the issuance of the 2016 Sand & Gravel General Permit:

Event Date / Time Comments

Preliminary Stakeholder Work

January - May 2015

Ecology held and participated in several meetings with stakeholders to discuss current permit issues and concerns.

Meeting to discuss Preliminary Draft Permit June 1, 2015 Ecology held a public meeting to discuss the Preliminary Draft Sand & Gravel General Permit and to accept verbal comments. The meeting was held in Lacey, WA.

Preliminary Draft Permit Public Comment Period

May 26, 2015 -
June 23, 2015

Ecology accepted comments on the preliminary draft version of the Sand & Gravel General Permit.

Public Meeting on Recycled Concrete July 7, 2015 Ecology held a public meeting to explain the Preliminary Draft Concrete Recycling Language, provide the basis for the preliminary draft language, and to discuss the environmental concerns regarding recycled concrete.

Ecology's presentation on the Preliminary Draft Concrete Recycling Language
Preliminary Draft Concrete Recycling Public Comment Period July 7, 2015 - July 21, 2015 Ecology accepted comments on the Preliminary Draft Concrete Recycling Language.

Formal Draft Permit Public Comment Period

September 9, 2015 - October 23, 2015

Ecology accepted comments on the formal draft version of the Sand & Gravel General Permit.

Public Workshops and  Hearings

October 5 & 8, 2015

Ecology held a public workshop and hearing on October 5 in Lacey and on October 8 in Spokane.

Ecology's presentation on the Formal Draft Permit

Permit Issuance

February 17, 2016

Ecology issued the 2016 Sand and Gravel General Permit.


Upcoming permit related events are posted on the Sand & Gravel Homepage.

Formal Draft Sand & Gravel General Permit

Ecology accepted public comments on the Formal Draft of the Sand & Gravel General Permit from September 9 - October 23, 2015.

Comments on the Formal Draft Sand & Gravel General Permit

Ecology received the following comments on the Formal Draft of the Sand & Gravel General Permit. We will read and consider the comments when reissuing the final permit. We will provide a written response to these comments with the final permit.

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Preliminary Draft Sand & Gravel General Permit

Ecology accepted public comments on the Preliminary Draft language of the Sand & Gravel General Permit. The informal comment periods provided an early opportunity to hear from Sand & Gravel Permittees and the public on proposed permit language. Since this comment period was informal, we did not prepare a Response to Comments document or post comments online.

Previous Sand & Gravel General Permits

The Sand and Gravel General Permit was first issued in 1994.

2011 Sand and Gravel General Permit

Antidegradation Plan

Additional, past versions of the permit and related permit documents are available through Ecology's Water Quality Permitting and Reporting System (PARIS).