What kinds of projects are eligible for review under the simplified application?
Eligible projects include road maintenance work, mineral prospecting, beaver dam modification, repositioning or removal of large wood, dock maintenance/repair, scientific instrument installation, trenchless conduit (utility) crossing, or fish screen maintenance or replacement. Most of these project types also require submission of plans to help the Department understand your project.
May I use the previous version of the downloadable Simplified Application to apply for my project?
No. The previous version of the application did not include a section for property owner consent for the Department to enter the property at the project location. The Department needs this permission so previous versions of the application may not be used.
What is the easiest way to submit a simplified application?
The easiest way to submit a simplified application is to use the online Aquatic Protection Permitting System (APPS) – available on this website. In APPS, start a new application for a standard hydraulic project. When you check an eligible project type, you will be asked if you want to apply with a simplified application.
What if my project requires submitting a JARPA anyway since my project requires a federal permit like a Corps 404 Permit?
Then your project does not qualify for review under the simplified application. Instead you should use the online Aquatic Protection Permitting System (APPS) – available on this website to apply for a standard HPA.
What if my project is a type not listed on this simplified application form?
If your project type is not listed on the simplified application you are not eligible to use it. You should use the online APPS application. If you need a JARPA for permits from other agencies, you can convert the APPS application into a JARPA with one click. Alternatively, you can fill out the downloadable JARPA form and submit it for your Hydraulic Project Approval. Click here to find the downloadable JARPA form.
What if my project qualifies for the simplified application form, but I am more comfortable using the JARPA form instead.
The applicant always has the option to submit a JARPA form instead of using the downloadable simplified application or APPS even if your project is eligible for this simplified application.
What if my project requires SEPA or city or county permits?
Your project is still eligible for the simplified application. Just attach your SEPA determination or exemption letter with your completed simplified application or submit it with your application in APPS.
Does the Department review my simplified application any differently than if I submit a JARPA form instead?
No. By statute, the Department has 45 days from receipt of a complete application to issue a decision.