HPA simplified application

The department has determined certain project types have minimal impact to fish. For these projects, you may use the simplified application form for hydraulic project approval (HPA). After submitting your complete simplified application, the department has 45 days to issue or deny an HPA.

What projects are eligible?

Projects eligible to use the simplified application include:

  • Road maintenance work
  • Mineral prospecting (outside the Gold and Fish pamphlet)
  • Beaver dam modification
  • Repositioning or removal of large wood
  • Dock maintenance/repair
  • Scientific instrument installation
  • Trenchless conduit (utility) crossing
  • Fish screen maintenance or replacement.

How to submit a simplified application

The fastest way to get an HPA is to submit your simplified application through the Aquatic Protection Permitting System (APPS) online. In APPS:

  • Start a new application for a standard hydraulic project.
  • Choose your eligible project type.
  • Choose to apply with a simplified application.
  • Attach your SEPA determination or exemption letter.
  • Attach the Multiple Landowner Permission form (PDF or MS Word), if needed.

You may submit a hard copy of the simplified application (PDF or MS Word) or JARPA form, but it will take longer to process.

What makes a project ineligible for the simplified application?

Ineligible project type

If your project type is not listed above, you must apply for an individual HPA through APPS.

Federal or other state agency permits required

If you must submit a JARPA form to other agencies for permits, your project is not eligible for the HPA simplified application process. However, you may submit your JARPA form for an individual HPA.