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Permit Processing Organizational Change - 1/2013

The DEQ's Water Resources Division (WRD) has recently made organizational changes that affect the implementation of the Joint Permit Application permitting process.  Our goal in making these changes is to develop a more efficient and consistent permitting process.

The WRD has decided to eliminate the Permit Consolidation Unit (PCU) and move its responsibilities to the district/field offices thereby eliminating the centralized completeness processing of applications, so that the entire permitting process (from receipt of the application to final permitting decision) will now be completed by the district/field offices.  Therefore, please send all applications, whether for individual permits (applications that go through the public notice process), or general or minor project permits, to the appropriate district/field office.

We recognize that large projects or linear projects spanning multiple district/field offices will require a coordinated approach between or among the affected district/field offices.  When a project spans multiple districts, please submit the application to the district/field office containing the primary work effort.

Please note that applications from public agencies eligible to receive federal and/or state transportation funding for projects involving public roadways, non-motorized paths, airports, or related facilities should still be mailed to the WRD's Lansing Central Office at DEQ, WRD, Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958.

In addition, and in conformance with recent changes to Part 13, Permits, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, the WRD has implemented a streamlined process for making application administrative completeness determinations.  Please understand that any request to clarify, amplify, or correct the application after it is determined to be administratively complete does not stop the processing clock.  Therefore, it is critically important for applications to contain complete information when submitted.  If questions arise regarding applications submitted by either you or your clients, please contact the appropriate district/field office for assistance.
 
We are confident that these organizational changes will create efficiencies in the application permitting process and address many of the concerns raised during stakeholder meetings held earlier this year.  As always, we welcome your input and will continue to evaluate the application permitting process and implement additional changes where appropriate.

There will be a transition period as we work through the details of these organizational changes and we ask for your patience and cooperation during this period.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Mike Masterson at 517-243-4045; mastersonm@michigan.gov; or DEQ, Water Resources Division, Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958.

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