Availability of Revised Instructions and Form for Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment General Permit Registrations

[48 Pa.B. 1234]
[Saturday, February 24, 2018]

Description: Effective March 26, 2018, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) will require the use of the new General Permit Registration Form for Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permits. This information is intended to clarify the application process for a Water Obstruction and Encroachment General Permit registration in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 105 (relating to dam safety and waterway management). The revised General Permit Registration Form and instructions can be accessed through the Department's e-Library web site at (select ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' then ''Waterways Engineering and Wetlands'' then ''Water Obstruction and Encroachment and Wetlands'' and ''General Permits'').

 These revisions do not change the substantive requirements to qualify for a Federal or State authorization under the Pennsylvania State Programmatic General Permit-5 (PASPGP-5) or any Chapter 105 General Permit. In general, the changes to the forms streamline and clarify the information that is required to obtain coverage under a Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment General Permit. The General Permit Registration Form (3150-PM-BWEW-0500) has been refined and reformatted to eliminate redundancies and unnecessary information required for the submission to be complete. The General Permit Instructions (3150-PM-BWEW-0500) have also been simplified to better explain the General Permit registration requirements. The Fee Calculation Worksheet (3150-PM-BWEW-0553) is no longer required to be submitted for registration completeness, but can continue to be used as a reference to assist the applicant in determining the correct permit fees. The Reporting Criteria Checklist (3150-PM-BWEW-0051) is no longer required to be submitted by the permit registrant or reviewed by the Department. The checklist will continue to serve as a useful tool. The Aquatic Resource Impact Table (3150-PM-BWEW-0557) has been condensed by removing references to Federal impact data based on discussions with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. This new format should expedite the Department reviews to determine if any impact area triggers a review by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Federal authorization. The Bog Turtle Screening Form (3150-PM-BWEW-0550) will no longer be required because bog turtle habitat information is now available when a Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory receipt is obtained.

 The Department will be hosting a webinar on these new forms on March 6, 2018. Interested persons may register at

Contact: Questions regarding this new General Permit registration process should be directed to Sidney Freyermuth, Chief, Water Obstruction and Encroachments, Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands at (717) 772-5977 or


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-294. Filed for public inspection February 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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