Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: December 16, 2022
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Christian Martinez, |Virginia DEQ Aaron Proctor Email:

Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces New Permit Streamlining and Transparency Process

RICHMOND, VA - This week, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the release of a new platform at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to streamline and provide transparency to the public on the permitting process. 

The DEQ platform will enable permit applicants, as well as the public, to track pending permits and will provide current information about the critical steps and permitting schedules associated with obtaining permit approvals. Permit applicants, agency staff, and the public will be able to access information about pending permits online in real time. 

“This first of its kind transparency provides our citizens with the government service they deserve," said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “An open and efficient online process where all of the permitting decisions are made for everyone to see. Virginians deserve to know the status of the permits in their communities and Virginian businesses need to be able to track the progress of their permit applications.”

“While this is just the start at DEQ, we plan to add additional permitting programs throughout the next year and transform the platform to cover significant permits across the entire state government,” said Acting Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Travis Voyles. “This puts Virginia as best-in class, bringing transparency that will help the Commonwealth prove that we can have economic growth and ensure environmental protection.”

By the end of 2023, DEQ plans to incorporate all of the agency’s significant permits and ensure transparency on all relevant approval processes.

“Previously, there has been no easy method for permit applicants or the public to track the progress of their permit applications,” said DEQ Director Mike Rolband. “With this platform, Virginians and businesses will be able to quickly and easily follow the status of a permit request as it is being reviewed and know when permit decisions will be reached, while also bringing efficiency to DEQ staff.”

For more information on the Permitting Enhancement and Evaluation Platform, click here.

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