Vital construction permits no longer will have to be filed on paper with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
NDEQ Director Jim Macy has announced storm water permits have gone online and general air construction permits will go online soon. Businesses no longer will have to fill out paperwork and mail it to Lincoln. A process that has taken weeks, if not months, will be reduced to days.
The upgraded process will also remove the need to file duplicative applications for similar projects. Permits can be issued after applicants answer a few questions online.
“Typically it has taken weeks for the storm water construction permit to make it through the application and review system and, in contrast, we expect, through this online approach, to take that process from weeks to just a couple of days,” Macy told reporters during a news conference held by Gov. Pete Ricketts at NEBCO in Lincoln.
No construction can begin before the permits are granted. Macy said the change should help construction companies keep projects on time.
NEBCO Corporate Development Director Bob Caldwell said the change will get construction projects off the ground much quicker.
“As we experienced just this week, the weather changes overnight in Nebraska and when you’re doing construction projects and battling weather and you try to get projects done on time and on budget, these changes are going to help industry,” according to Caldwell.
Nebraskans interested in applying for an air quality permit online, should visit the NDEQ’s website by clicking here. The online application for the wastewater permit will be published in the near future.
NDEQ is pursuing other ways to streamline its processes.