Welcome to Waterway Permits
Transportation projects that impact rivers, streams and/or wetlands require a permit or combination of permits. The permits are required in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.
The Waterway Permits Unit (WPU) reviews transportation projects during their development to identify the type(s) of waterway permits they require. District Offices and project designers are advised of the permitting requirements for each project. The permit applications are then prepared by the WPU, District Offices and/or their consultants. The completed applications are forwarded to the WPU for review and coordination.
The WPU serves as the single point of contact for coordinating all projects on the State and Federal Highway System with the Corps of Engineers, Ohio EPA and U.S. Coast Guard. Timely submission of applications is often crucial to meet project schedules.
A compensatory mitigation plan for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources is often a required component of a permit application. The WPU is responsible for evaluating possible mitigation opportunities and ensuring that an acceptable mitigation plan accompanies the waterway permit applications. The WPU works with districts and consultants to deliver a mitigation plan that satisfies 404 and 401 requirements, which can involve purchasing mitigation bank credits, in-lieu fee program credits, or a permitee-responsible approach.