News Release 152

Department of Natural Resources unveils online permit application

Volume 39-152 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Those seeking one of the most common permits from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will be able to do so online in a fraction of the traditional permit application time, department Director Sara Parker Pauley has announced.

Last week Pauley spoke to the water protection forum, a stakeholder group that advises the department of water protection issues, stating the transition to online permitting will simplify and speed up the process for those seeking a land disturbance permit from the department.

“This improvement in efficiency means builders, contractors and developers can get permits in minutes instead of weeks,” Pauley said. “And even with the simplification, it still offers the same level of environmental protection as before.”

A land disturbance permit is required for any project that results in the disturbance of one acre of land or more. The purpose of the permit is to make sure steps are taken by the permit holder to prevent erosion from the site from polluting local waterways.

The department issued 829 land disturbance permits in 2011. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of such permits issued ranged from 829 to 2,365. To date in 2012, the department has issued nearly 1,400 permits. The department will continue to accept traditional paper applications until Sept. 1, after which the process will go completely online.

“This is just the start of the process to eventually make all of our permits available online,” Pauley said. The department will reassess the process before taking the next steps forward to launch additional permits to the online process.

The department has developed a series of orientation videos designed to help permit seekers with the online process. A link on the department’s online home page, dnr.mo.gov, will take visitors to the ePermitting page.

Those wishing personal assistance with ePermitting can visit any of the department’s five regional offices or visit the Water Protection Program in the a href="http://dnr.mo.gov/shared/map-lewisandclark.htm">Lewis and Clark State Office Building, Jefferson City.

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