State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requires state and local governments to identify possible environmental impacts that may result from governmental decisions. The SEPA review process helps the department, applicants, and the public understand how a proposed project will affect the environment. (Chapter 43.21C RCW)

More information is available on Department of Ecology’s SEPA Overview page. You can also view SEPA documents that are open for comment, or review final SEPA documents.

What is WDFW’s role in the SEPA process?

Typically, local city or county planning and permitting offices conduct the SEPA review process. WDFW reviews proposed projects to identify potential impacts to fish, wildlife, and their habitats. We offer mitigation options, when needed, to ensure our state’s natural resources are protected.

WDFW serves as SEPA lead agency for WDFW-issued permits, management planning activities, and proposed actions on WDFW-owned lands. We may also be the SEPA lead agency if Hydraulic Project Approval is the only permit your project requires.

Contact us for help determining the lead agency for your proposed project.