Permitting Transformation Program

Select Permits Now Available Online

Applications for Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Major permits  and Erosion and Sediment Control Plans are available online through the AccessDEQ permitting portal.

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Welcome to the Permitting Transformation Program!

Part of DEQ’s push to evolve and modernize its various processes, the Permitting Transformation Program (PTP) is an agency-wide initiative designed to streamline the department's various permitting processes while improving public access to permit information.

The PTP work is part of AccessDEQ, a robust digital hub that unites the department's online tools in one convenient place, including permit applications, as well as access to online public records and interactive maps and data. 

Want to learn more about AccessDEQ? Find more information here.

Through the development of online web-based solutions, PTP ensures the permitting processes across five DEQ regulatory divisions are consistent, efficient and easily tracked, while improving department transparency.

As DEQ continues to modernize and streamline access to data and processes, additional permit applications will become available online through AccessDEQ, thanks to the work of the PTP and its Data Modernization effort. 

Want to explore the online permitting process? Check out the PTP Portal here.

The Permitting Transformation Program currently includes five regulatory divisions:

  • Division of Air Quality (DAQ)
  • Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR)
  • Division of Coastal Management (DCM)
  • Division of Waste Management (DWM) and 
  • Division of Water Resources (DWR).

These divisions handle more than 100 types of permits, certificates and licenses statewide, each of which vary greatly in complexity, scope and processing time. In total, DEQ processed nearly 31,000 permits in 2021 across these divisions. 

The Permitting Transformation Program is funded with a state appropriation of $5.5 million each year, for the next two years. The provided funding is intended to support PTP development and implementation, as well as the hiring of one full time employee position.

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DEQ Goals

The goal of the Permitting Transformation Program is to develop a robust online system for applying, tracking and paying for DEQ permits, licenses and certificates. The program seeks to streamline the process, modernize tracking and access to permitting actions and improve transparency.  

For Permitted Entities – This online system will streamline the permitting process for many of NCDEQ’s permitted facilities/businesses. The new online system will be a modernized, robust way to apply, track and pay throughout the permitting process. Businesses and organizations will be able to submit applications and renewals, make electronic payments, track status of projects and communicate with NCDEQ quickly and easily through a single portal.

For the Public – Data stored in the system will be more easily accessible to the public, making the permitting process more transparent. The system will also make it easier to access information about compliance and enforcement actions.​ Existing online resources for permit information can be found here.

  • Applications for CAMA Major Permits, managed by the Division of Coastal Management, can be filed online as of January 11, 2023.  
  • Hazardous Waste, managed by the Division of Waste Management, billing and payments can be accessed and paid online. 
  • Erosion and Sediment Control permits, managed by DEQ's Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, to launch fall of 2023.

DEQ has partnered with the state's Department of Information Technology (DIT) for development and implementation of the Permitting Transformation Program.

 The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service is coordinating the effort to maximize efficiency and process improvement for NCDEQ’s permitting processes while DIT is leading the technology implementation for PTP.

The regulatory divisions identified for inclusion into the Program are: