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Pennsylvania Limited Power Permit (7-PA-h)

In Pennsylvania, a developer may have a Limited Power Permit (Permit) from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to construct a project that uses water to produce electrical power. This Permit is generally issued after the FERC License or Exemption is obtained for the facility. P.L. 704, No. 294; PEC Hydroelectric Permitting Manual, 23.


Limited Power Permit Process

7-PA-h.1 – Application for Limited Power Permit

A developer must complete and submit an Application for Limited Power Permit (Application) to PADEP. In the Application, the developer must include:

  • The developer’s name;
  • A description of the project;
  • The project’s location;
  • Any relevant project maps, plans, profiles or specifications; and
  • Copies of relevant licenses, including FERC licenses and exemptions.

Application for Limited Power Permit.

The developer must also submit an Application fee of $5 to PADEP. Application for Limited Power Permit.

7-PA-h.2 to 7-PA-h.3 – Review Application Materials for Completeness

After receiving an Application, PADEP reviews the Application for administrative and technical completeness. Missing information may delay PADEP’s processing of the Application. Application for Limited Power Permit.

7-PA-h.4 to 7-PA-h.5 – Review Application for Approval

After determining the Application is complete, PADEP reviews the Application to determine whether or not PADEP should issue a Permit to the developer.

7-PA-h.6 – Limited Power Permit

If PADEP approves the Application, PADEP issues a Permit to the developer. As a condition of the Permit, the developer must pay an annual fee to PADEP. The current fees are an annual charge of $0.05 per kilowatt of installed capacity, with a minimum charge of $10, and a maximum charge of $10,000. PEC Hydroelectric Permitting Manual.

7-PA-h.7 – Appeal Decision (Optional)

An aggrieved person can appeal PADEP’s decision to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board pursuant to 25 P.C. § 1021.


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Hydraulic Permits Manager (412) 442-4271