Hydraulic Project Approval
What is the Purpose of this Approval?
Any form of work that uses, diverts, obstructs, or changes the natural flow or bed of any fresh water or saltwater of the state, requires a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Permit processing can take up to 45 days following receipt of a complete application package.
Who issues this Approval?
Department of Fish and Wildlife
What Activities Require this Approval?
Work that uses, diverts, obstructs, or changes the natural flow or bed of any of the salt or fresh waters of state.
How Much Will this Approval Cost?
Starting July 10, 2012, most HPA applications must be accompanied with a check for $150. Some projects are exempt from this fee, such as mineral prospecting and mining, forest practices, and those on farm and agricultural land. Payment for emergency HPAs is not required until after the department issues the written permit.
Where Can I Get the Application for this Approval?
The application which is called 'Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA)', is online and can be downloaded at http://www.epermitting.wa.gov/site/alias__resourcecenter/jarpa/9983/jarpa.aspx.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
As contained within JARPA; must include general plans for project, complete plans and specifications for the proposed construction or work within the mean higher high water line in salt water or within the ordinary high water line in fresh water, and complete plans and specs for the proper protection of fish life. Starting July 10, 2012, you must also provide payment of, or exemption from, the $150 application fee, and notice of compliance with any applicable requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Applications for streamlined processing of fish habitat enhancement projects must additionally include the application form for these projects that is attached to the JARPA.
Is the Decision on my Approval Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) compliance must be completed prior to review of your application and issuance of the HPA by WDFW. SEPA compliance is not required for an expedited, emergency, or a fish habitat enhancement streamlined HPA.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?Maximum of 45 calendar days after complete application is received and SEPA compliance is complete for a standard HPA; a maximum of 15 days (after receipt of a complete application) for an expedited HPA; immediately for an emergency HPA. Processing of standard HPA's can be placed on hold if applicant cannot be reached, if project site is inaccessible, or the applicant requests it.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Schematic:View the schematic .
How Long is my Approval Valid?
Up to five years for a standard HPA; up to 60 days for an expedited HPA; the length of the emergency for emergency HPAs.
What is the Appeal Process for the Approval?
Informal and formal appeal processes are available to the applicant or other aggrieved parties, but must be filed within 30 days of notice of receipt of issuance or denial of HPA.
Notes / Comments:Current pamphlet HPA's include Aquatic Plants and Fish pamphlet for aquatic plant control projects, and the Gold and Fish pamphlet for mineral prospecting permits.
Pamphlet HPAs are free, do not require submittal of a written application, are for the protection of fish life and contain specific project requirements and duration. They are issued under specific statutory authority.
600 Capital Way North
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
For assistance contact 1-800-917-0043 (Office of Regulatory Assistance).
* Permit information last updated 12/17/2012.
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