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Division of Planning ~ Office of Environmental Services

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.

 New Guidance

Ohio Wetlands

 Consider Training


​Everyone involved in the transportation project development process should consider Waterway Permit Training. And for consultants and ODOT employees involved in the waterway permit process, training is a pre-qualification requirement.

Go to Training


 Consult the Manual


​The Waterway Permits Manual provides a framework for consultants, ODOT staff and others working on waterway permit issues while providing guidelines for preparing waterway permit applications in a consistent manner.

Go to Manual


 Initiate the Permit Process


​For almost every transportation project, a Permit Determination Request (PDR) form needs to be filled out. The PDR initiates the permit process which also includes mitigation.

Go to Permit Determination Request




​Adrienne Earley, MS
Waterway Permits Program Manager
(614) 466-2159

Matt Perlik, MS
Assistant Environmental Administrator
(614) 466-1937