Express Permitting

What is the Express Permitting Program?

The Express Permitting Program offers a more timely review process for a number of environmental permits required for development. This program offers quicker permit decisions and certifications as well as consultation to identify necessary environmental requirements. Higher fees are charged to support additional staff for the express review. A pre-application meeting is required and a well-documented application with supporting technical information is necessary for a thorough and swift review. Multiple permits that may be required for a project may be reviewed concurrently.

Express Program Options

Express Fees and Form



Statutory Time Limit Versus Average Express Review Time 
Permit Type Statutory Time Limit (days) Express Review Average Time (days)
CAMA 75-150 27
401 Certification 60 7.2
State Stormwater 90 7.6
Erosion Control 30 1.6
Stream Determinations 60 1.4

Contact Us

To schedule an Express Review contact an environmental assistance coordinator in your area. 

N.C. DEQ Regional Offices