State Programmatic General Permit

The State Program General Permit eliminates much of the duplication of effort that will otherwise occur between the DEQ and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting programs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Norfolk District issued a modified state program general permit on June 1, 2007. The modified 07-SPGP-01 became effective on June 1, 2007, and may be used for certain residential, commercial, and institutional development activities and linear transportation projects. The projects must be below applicable wetland and stream impact thresholds and meet all other limitations and conditions of the SPGP.

A memorandum of agreement and a standard operating procedure have been developed to clarify program responsibilities for implementation. Issues addressed in these documents include jurisdictional determinations and delineations, pre-application consultations, permit compliance and enforcement, federal agency coordination, historic resources screening procedures, and mitigation requirements.

The SPGP and SPGP Standard Operating Procedures are reviewed annually and revised if necessary.  As part of DEQ's agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers, a report is drafted each year on the previous year's SPGP activities.

Effective 5/31/2012, the Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District reissued the State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP) for Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Linear Transportation Projects. The issuance of the 12-SPGP-01 is to supersede the 07-SPGP-01 effective immediately. Supplemental information is available on the Norfolk District Page.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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