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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 for Review Versus Express Review Time (FY 2017-2018)
Permit Type Statutory Time Limit (days) Express Review Time (days)
CAMA Major 75-150 37.5
401/Wetlands/Stream Determinations 60 6.4
State Stormwater 90 9.6
Erosion Control 30 2.8

Contact Us

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

N.C. DEQ Regional Offices