DRBC Docketing/Permitting Index Page

Applicants/Interested Parties:

  • If your project/project of interest is in the One Process/One Permit Program (i.e. a wastewater or water withdrawal project in New Jersey or a wastewater project in New York), please click here.
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DRBC Project Review Program

The Delaware River Basin Compact (Compact) requires the commission to formulate and adopt a Comprehensive Plan for the immediate and long-range development and uses of the water resources of the basin and a multi-year water resources program consistent with the Comprehensive Plan (Compact, §3.2). The Comprehensive Plan consists of all public and private projects and facilities that are required, in the judgment of the commission, for the optimum planning, development, conservation, utilization, management, and control of the water resources of the basin to meet present and future needs. It also incorporates policies and regulations adopted by the commission for the effectuation and enforcement of the Compact. The Comprehensive Plan is subject to periodic review and revision in accordance with Sections 3.2 and 13.1 of the Compact.

The Compact further provides that no project having a substantial effect on the water resources of the basin shall be undertaken unless it shall have been first submitted to and approved by the commission (Compact, §3.8). DRBC has the authority to review projects in the basin that withdraw from or discharge to the basin's waters over certain thresholds. In accordance with Section 3.8 of the Compact, the commission is required to approve a project whenever it finds and determines that the project would not substantially impair or conflict with the Comprehensive Plan. The commission provides by regulation for the procedure of submission, review, and consideration of projects and for its determinations pursuant to Section 3.8.

DRBC's review responsibilities cover new projects, renewals, or increases (or decreases) in allocations previously approved by the commission. DRBC approves docket applications (in accordance with Section 3.8 of the Delaware River Basin Compact) and permit applications (in accordance with Section 10.3 of the Compact and the commission's Southeastern Pennsylvania Ground Water Protected Area Regulations). Reviewable projects are also subject to DRBC's water code, water supply charges, and floodplain and water quality regulations, where applicable. Docket and permit applications are reviewed by the DRBC Water Resource Management and Modeling, Monitoring, and Assessment branches. The DRBC commissioners decide on whether to approve dockets at regularly scheduled business meetings after a public hearing has occurred.