DNREC opens virtual permitting for water-related services

Delaware News Desk
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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control continues pivoting to virtual operations both during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future for greater efficiencies and ease of use for DNREC customers and constituents.

The latest advance for DNREC’s ePermitting comes from the Division of Water and covers permit applications and license payments.

The new process is part of the continuing effort to keep DNREC staff and customers safe during the pandemic while providing consistent business practices, and in this case also enhancing the department’s water-related transactions. Until now, almost all permit applications and license forms from the Division of Water required hardcopy submissions, with payment by check or cash.

Online submission and payment can now be made via the ePermitting system for the following services: professional license renewals, including well driller, liquid waste hauler and wastewater operator; water supply services including water allocation permits and well permits with existing application; wastewater services including septic permits, site evaluation, septic inspections, septic system repair/component replacement, authorization to use existing system, holding tanks and septic site waiver requests; and wetlands and subaqueous lands services including letters of authorization and statewide activity approvals, new permits or leases, supplemental approval for lease/permit, jurisdictional determination requests, water quality certification and wetlands permits.

“The COVID-19 pandemic expedited our efforts and to roll out ePermitting developments such as well drilling licenses and other water permitting and licensing, which state staff from DNREC and the Department of Technology and Information implemented in a matter of weeks,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Contractors and constituents doing business with our Division of Water have asked for this option since online transactions became a part of state of Delaware business, and we are happy to provide it, especially at this time."

Many DNREC services are available at dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/online-applications, including hunting and fishing permits, sales of park passes and wildlife area conservation access passes — though state park and wildlife area fees and passes are currently waived until further notice — hunter education classes and plenty of virtual content. Public hearings and public meetings are also occurring virtually as well.

For more, visit dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov.