How to Apply for a Permit

General steps on how to apply for an action permit

The first step an action sponsor must take is to determine if a permit is actually needed.  By reviewing the species lists, county lists, and range maps one likely can make a cursory determination whether listed species are likely to occur where the proposed action is located.

In general, any proposed action that will involve physical alteration or disturbance of habitats of the types described in K.A.R. 115-15-3 may be subject to the requirements therein.  Anytime a project will affect wildlife habitats such as streams, wetlands or other poorly drained areas, riparian areas, native woodland, or native prairie, the project should be reviewed for potential use by threatened or endangered species.  Some of the listed species have restricted habitat requirements and are extremely vulnerable to changes at smaller scales.

When contacting the department about a project's potential impact, it is very important the contact is made early in the planning phase of the proposed action.  Many unnecessary costs, delays, and extra paperwork can be avoided if any needed mitigation measures can be considered before an inflexible "final" design has been adopted.  Frequently, early coordination can develop alternatives that will eliminate the need for a permit entirely.

Upon determination of permit requirements, a formal application can be submitted.  To avoid delays, it is important to provide a complete and accurate description of the proposed action.  Once issued, a permit is applicable only to the action described therein.  Subsequent alterations or variances to the permitted action may result in delays and will require amending the permit.