Designing Federal Permitting Programs

Recommendation 2015-4 – Designing Federal Permitting Programs describes different types of permitting systems and provides factors for agencies to consider when designing or reviewing permitting programs. The recommendation discusses both ‘‘general’’ permits (which are granted so long as certain requirements are met) and ‘‘specific’’ permits (which involve fact-intensive, case-by-case determinations), as well as intermediate or hybrid permitting programs. It encourages agencies that adopt permitting systems to design them so as to minimize burdens on the agency and regulated entities while maintaining required regulatory protections.

Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2015-4, Designing Federal Permitting Programs80 Fed. Reg. 78164 (Dec. 16, 2015).

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Designing Federal Permitting Programs

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Regulatory permits are ubiquitous in modern society, and each year dozens of federal agencies administering their regulatory permit authority issue tens of thousands of permits covering a broad and diverse range of actions.[1] The APA includes the term “permit” in its definition of “license.” In addition to agency permits, the APA defines licenses to include

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Designing Federal Permitting Programs Regulation Recommendation Download Designing Federal Permitting Programs
Licensing and Permitting Draft Recommendation Regulation Recommendation Download Licensing and Permitting Draft Recommendation
Licensing and Permitting Draft Recommendation - 10-22-15 Committee Meeting Regulation Recommendation Download Licensing and Permitting Draft Recommendation - 10-22-15 Committee Meeting
Licensing and Permitting Final Report Regulation Report Download Licensing and Permitting Final Report
Licensing and Permitting Proposed Recommendation Regulation Recommendation Download Licensing and Permitting Proposed Recommendation
Licensing and Permitting Recommendation Redline Regulation Recommendation Download Licensing and Permitting Recommendation Redline
Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix A Regulation Report Download Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix A
Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix A Supplement Regulation Report Download Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix A Supplement
Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix B Regulation Report Download Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix B
Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix C Regulation Report Download Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix C
Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix D Regulation Report Download Licensing and Permitting Report Appendix D
NYU Institute for Policy Integrity - Preliminary Comments - ACUS Licensing and Permitting Project Regulation Comment Download NYU Institute for Policy Integrity - Preliminary Comments - ACUS Licensing and Permitting Project
Paul Bangser EPA - Comments - ACUS Licensing and Permitting Project Regulation Comment Download Paul Bangser EPA - Comments - ACUS Licensing and Permitting Project
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