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Who's involved in the permitting process?

Depending upon the size and potential impact of the proposed project, regulating bodies on the local, state and/or federal level might participate in the permitting process:

  • On a local level, the local planning commission, zoning board, city council or county board of supervisors or commissioners generally govern permitting. Many projects may also require some form of local grading or building permit to assure compliance with structural, mechanical and electrical codes.
  • On the state level, permits may be required from natural resource and environmental protection agencies, historic preservation offices, industrial development and regulation agencies, public utility commissions and / or siting boards.