What is the General Permit Review Process?

De minimis, Permits by Rule, and Standard Permits

The actual review process will differ greatly, depending on the type of authorization being requested. This is due to the fact that the requirements for each type of authorization vary.


learning activity Remember the pyramid approach to permitting we looked at in Module 2? Let's use that again as we introduce more detail to each type of authorization evaluated by permit reviewers. We'll start with de minimis, permit by rule (PBR), and standard permit authorizations. Click on the sections of the shape to the right for more information.
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A person wants to construct a new surface coating facility that emits less than 25 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). What should he or she do?

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