Renewable Energy Project Permitting in the State of Hawaii – Guide and Packets

Renewable Energy Project Permitting: Guide

The Guide to Renewable Energy Facility Permits in the State of Hawaii and the accompanying Permit Packets provide information on the federal, state, and county permits required for renewable energy facilities in Hawaii. To read the PDFs, you will need appropriate software such as Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader.

Guide to Renewable Energy Facility Permits in the State of Hawaii, Vers. 3 (updated April 2015)

 


 

Renewable Energy Project Permitting: Packets

Residential Photovoltaic Installations

 County  Permit Brief
 Kauai  Kauai Residential PV Installation_May 2015
 City and County of Honolulu  Oahu Residential PV Installation_May 2015
 Maui  Maui County Residential PV Installation_May 2015
 Hawaii  Hawaii Island Residential PV Installation_May 2015

City and County of Honolulu Permit Packets

Permit Name Permit Agency Permit Packet Number
Shoreline Setback Variance (Oahu) Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP),  Land Use Permits Division CCH-1 (PDF)
Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit (Minor) DPP, Land Use Permits Division Oahu SMA Minor Permit_March 2015
Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit (Major) DPP, Land Use Permits Division Oahu SMA Major Permit_March 2015
Flood Hazard District Variance (Oahu) DPP, Land Use Permits Division  CCH-3 (PDF)
Flood Determination Approval (Oahu) DPP, Land Use Permits Division  CCH-4 (PDF)
Dewatering Permit (Oahu) DPP, Site Development Division  CCH-5 (PDF)
Building Permit (Oahu) DPP, Building Division  CCH-6 (PDF)
Grading Permit (Oahu) DPP, Site Development Division  CCH-7 (PDF)
Grubbing Permit (Oahu) DPP, Site Development Division CCH-8 (PDF)
Stockpiling Permit (Oahu) DPP, Site Development Division  CCH-9 (PDF)
Sewer Connection Permit (Oahu) DPP, Site Development Division  CCH-10 (PDF)
Trenching Permit (Oahu) DPP, Site Development Division  CCH-11 (PDF)
Tank Installation Permit (Oahu) Honolulu Fire Department  CCH-12 (PDF)
Conditional Use Permit (CUP) (Minor) DPP, Land Use Permits Division Oahu CUPMinor_March 2015
Conditional Use Permit (CUP) (Major) DPP, Land Use Permits Division Oahu CUPMajor_March 2015
Plan Review Use (Oahu) DPP, Land Use Permits Division  CCH-14 (PDF)
Special District Permit (Major and Minor) (Oahu) DPP, Land Use Permits Division  CCH-15 (PDF)
Waiver Permit DPP, Land Use Permits Division Oahu Waiver Permit_March 2015
Development Plan Amendment (Oahu) DPP, Planning Division  CCH-17 (PDF)
General Plan Amendment (Oahu) DPP, Planning Division  CCH-18 (PDF)
Special Use Permit (SUP) DPP, Planning Division Oahu SUP Permit_July 2015
State Land Use Boundary Amendment (Oahu) DPP, Planning Division  CCH-20 (PDF)
Zone Change (Oahu) DPP, Planning Division  CCH-21 (PDF)

Hawaii County Permit Packets

Permit Name Permit Agency Permit Packet Number
Shoreline Setback Variance Department of Planning H-1 (PDF)
Special Management Area Use Permit (Minor) Department of Planning Hawaii SMA Minor Permit_Dec 2014
Special Management Area Use Permit (Major) Department of Planning Hawaii SMA Major Use Permit_Dec 2014
Building Permit Public Works Department (PWD), Building Division H-3 (PDF)
Plumbing Permit PWD, Building Division H-4 (PDF)
Flood Zone Designation Form PWD, Engineering Division H-5 (PDF)
Grading Permit PWD, Engineering Division H-6 (PDF)
Grubbing Permit PWD, Engineering Division H-7 (PDF)
Permit to Work Within the County Right-of-Way PWD, Engineering Division H-8 (PDF)
Private Waterline Installation PWD, Engineering Division H-9 (PDF)
Stockpiling Permit PWD, Engineering Division H-10 (PDF)
Variance Application for County Streets PWD, Engineering Division H-11 (PDF)
Agricultural Project District Application DOP H-12 (PDF)
Plan Approval DOP H-13 (PDF)
Variance Zoning Application DOP H-14 (PDF)
Project District Application DOP H-15 (PDF)
Special Permit Application DOP H-16 (PDF)

Kauai County Permit Packets

Permit Name Permit Agency Permit Packet Number
Shoreline Setback Variance Department of Planning Kauai Shoreline Setback Variance_March 2015
Special Management Area Permit (Minor) Department of Planning Kauai SMA Minor Permit_March 2015
Special Management Area Permit (Major)  Department of Planning Kauai SMA Major Permit_March 2015
Building Permit Department of Public Works, Building Division  K-3 (PDF)
Driveway Approach Application Department of Public Works, Engineering Division  K-4 (PDF)
Grading Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division K-5 (PDF)
Grubbing Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division  K-6 (PDF)
Road Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division  K-7 (PDF)
Stockpiling Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division  K-8 (PDF)
Sewer Connection Permit Department of Public Works, Wastewater Management Division  K-9 (PDF)
Water Service Application Department of Water  K-10 (PDF)
Special Permit Department of Planning Kauai Special Permit_March 2015
Use Permit Department of Planning Kauai Use Permit_March 2015
Variance Department of Planning  K-13 (PDF)
Zoning Permit (Class I) Department of Planning Kauai Class I Permit_March 2015
Zoning Permits (Class IV) Department of Planning Kauai Class IV Permit_March 2015

Maui County Permit Packets

Permit Name Permit Agency Permit Packet Number
Environmental Impact Statement – Environment Assessment (DOH-OEQC) Department of Planning (DOP), Current Planning Division M-1
Shoreline Setback Variance Application – Maui DOP, Current Planning Division M-2 (PDF)
Amendment to Special Management Area Map(s) DOP, Current Planning Division M-3 (PDF)
Special Management Area Use Permit (Minor) DOP, Current Planning Division Maui SMA Minor Permit_Dec 2014
Special Management Area Use Permit (Major) DOP, Current Planning Division Maui SMA Major Permit_Dec 2014
Variance DOP, Current Planning Division Maui Variance_Dec 2014
Flood Development Permit DOP, Zoning Administration & Enforcement Division M-5 (PDF)
Wastewater Discharge Permit (WWD) Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Wastewater Reclamation Division M-6 (PDF)
Shoreline Setback Variance Application – Lanai DOP, Current Planning Division M-7 (PDF)
Special Management Area Use Permit (SM1) – Lanai DOP, Current Planning Division M-8 (PDF)
Shoreline Setback Variance Application – Molokai DOP, Current Planning Division M-9 (PDF)
Wastewater Hauler Permit (WWH) DEM, Wastewater Reclamation Division M-11 (PDF)
Explosives & Blasting Agent Permit (FEBA) Department of Fire & Public Safety, Fire Prevention Bureau M-12 (PDF)
Fire Protection Permit Department of Fire & Public Safety, Fire Prevention Bureau M-13 (PDF)
Flammable & Combustible Tank Permit (FTNK) Department of Fire & Public Safety, Fire Prevention Bureau M-14 (PDF)
Flammable Finish Facility Permit (FAFF) Department of Fire & Public Safety, Fire Prevention Bureau M-15 (PDF)
Hazardous Materials Permit (FHAZ) Department of Fire & Public Safety, Fire Prevention Bureau M-16 (PDF)
Liquefied Petroleum Gases Permit (FLPG) Department of Fire & Public Safety, Fire Prevention Bureau M-17 (PDF)
Temporary Structure Permit Department of Fire & Public Safety, Fire Prevention Bureau M-18 (PDF)
Building Permit Department of Public Works (DPW), Development Services Administration, Building Permit Office M-19 (PDF)
Certificate of Occupancy Permit DPW, Development Services Administration Division (DSA) M-20 (PDF)
Driveway Permit DPW, Development Services Administration Division (DSA) M-21 (PDF)
Electrical Permit DPW, DSA, Electrical Permit & Inspection Office M-22 (PDF)
Grading & Grubbing Permit DPW, DSA M-23 (PDF)
Moving Permit DPW, DSA M-24 (PDF)
Perform Work on County Highway Permit DPW, DSA M-25 (PDF)
Plumbing/Gas Permit DOP, Current Planning Division M-26 (PDF)
Change in Zoning Permit (CIZ) DOP, Current Planning Division M-27 (PDF)
Land Use Commission Special Use Permit (SUP1, SUP2) – Maui DOP, Maui Planning Commission M-28 (PDF)
Community Plan Amendment DOP, Current Planning Division M-29 (PDF)
Conditional Use Permit (CP) – Maui & Lanai DOP, Current Planning Division  M-30 (PDF)
Land Use Commission District Boundary Amendment (DBA) DOP, Current Planning Division M-31 (PDF)
Planned Development Approval – Molokai DOP, Molokai Planning Commission M-32 (PDF)
Project District Development Approval – Maui & Lanai DOP, Current Planning Division M-33 (PDF)
Project Master Plan Review (PMP) DOP, Current Planning Division M-34 (PDF)
Special Accessory Use Approval Permit (ACC) DOP, Planning Commission M-35 (PDF)
Development Plan Review DOP, Planning Commission M-36 (PDF)
County Special Use Permit (CUP) – Maui & Lanai DOP, Maui or Lanai Planning Commission M-37 (PDF)
Board of Variance & Appeals (BVA) DOP, Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division M-38a (PDF)/38v (PDF)
Zoning and Flood Confirmation Form DOP, Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division M-39 (PDF)
Subdivision Applications DPW, DSA M-40 (PDF)
Land Use Commission Special Use Permit (SUP1, SUP2) – Lanai DOP, Lanai Planning Commission M-41 (PDF)
Conditional Use Permit (CP) – Molokai DOP, Current Planning Division M-42 (PDF)
County Special Use Permit (CUP) – Molokai DOP, Molokai Planning Commission M-43 (PDF)
Project District Development Approval – Molokai DOP, Current Planning Division M-44 (PDF)
Land Use Commission Special Use Permit (SUP1, SUP2) – Molokai DOP, Molokai Planning Commission M-45 (PDF)
Lanai SMA Emergency Permit (SM3) DOP, Lanai Planning Commission M-46 (PDF)
Special Management Assessment DOP, Current Planning Division M-47 (PDF)
Maui SMA Emergency Permit DOP, County Utility Permits M-48 (PDF)
Public Utility Joint Venture DOP, Permitting M-49 (PDF)

State Permit Packets

Permit Name Permit Agency Permit Packet Number
Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Consultation Office of Hawaiian Affairs OHA Consultation_March 2015
Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Federal Consistency Review Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT)Office of Planning (OP) DBEDT-OP-1 (PDF)
Agricultural Burning Department of Health, Clean Air Branch DOH-CAB-1 (PDF)
Air Pollution Control Permit, Covered Source Permit (CSP) and Noncovered Source Permit (NSP) DOH, Clean Air Branch DOH-CAB-2 (PDF)
Biosolids Treatment Works Notice of Intent (NOI) DOH, Wastewater Branch (WWB) DOH-WW-1 (PDF)
Environmental Assessment (EA) DOH, Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) Environmental Assessment_December 2014
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) DOH, Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) Environmental Impact Statement_December 2014
Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Permit (TSD) DOH, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch DOH-SHW-1 (PDF)
Individual Wastewater Management Permit DOH, Wastewater Branch DOH-WW-2 (PDF)
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit DOH, Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-1 (PDF)
Solid Waste Management Facility Permit DOH, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch  Solid Waste Management Permit (DOH-SHWB)_5-1-15
Hawaii Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know-Act (HEPCRA) Chemical Inventory Reporting DOH, Office of Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response DOH-HEER-1 (PDF)
Underground Injection Control Permit (UIC) DOH, Safe Drinking Water Branch DOH-SDW-1 (PDF)
Underground Storage Tank (UST) Permit DOH, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch DOH-SHW-3 (PDF)
Variance From Pollution Control DOH Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-3 (PDF)
Zone of Mixing (ZOM) Permit DOH, Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-4 (PDF)
State Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) and Incidental Take Licenses (ITLs) Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Wildlife DLNR DOFAW ITL HCP_Dec 2014
Pesticides Experimental Use Permit Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, Pesticides Branch DOA-PB-2 (PDF)
Pesticide Applicator Certification Department of Agriculture, Plant Industry Division, Pesticides Branch DOA-PB-1 (PDF)
Permit Application for Restricted Commodities into Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Plant Industry Division, Plant Quarantine Branch DOA.PQB-1 (PDF)
Noise Permit Department of Health, Environmental Health Administration, Indoor and Radiological Health Branch DOH-IRH-1 (PDF)
Noise Variance Department of Health, Environmental Health Administration, Indoor and Radiological Health Branch DOH-IRH-2 (PDF)
Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) Permit DOH, Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-2 (PDF)
Boiler and/or Pressure Vessel Permits Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health DLIR-1 (PDF)
Elevator and Kindred Equipment Permit DLIR, Hawaii Occupational Safety & Health Division DLIR-2 (PDF)
Dam Safety Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division DLNR-ENG-1 (PDF)
Geothermal and Cable System Development Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division S-23 (PDF)
Geothermal Exploration Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division DLNR-ENG-2 (PDF)
Ground Water Use Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-2 (PDF)
Permit for Construction to Cross or Enter the State Energy Corridor Department of Transportation, Harbors Division, Engineering Branch DOT-HBR-2 (PDF)
Construction Upon a State Highway DOT, Highways Division DOT-HWY-1 (PDF)
Operate or Transport Oversize and/or Overweight Vehicles and Loads Permit DOT, Highways Division DOT-HWY-2 (PDF)
Use and Occupancy Permit (Lane Use Permit for Construction Work) DOT, Highways Division DOT-HWY-3 (PDF)
Work in Ocean Waters of the State DOT, Harbors Division DOT-HBR-1 (PDF)
Kaka`ako Mauka/Kalaeloa Development Permit DBEDT, Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) DBEDT HCDA-1 (PDF)
Kakaako Makai Development Permit DBEDT, HCDA DBEDT-HCDA-2 (PDF)
District Boundary Amendment DBEDT, Land Use Commission DBEDT-LUC-1 (PDF)
Special Use Permit (Over 15 Acres) DBEDT, Land Use Commission DBEDT-LUC-2 (PDF)
Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit DBEDT, Office of Planning DBEDT-OP-2 (PDF)
Closed Watershed Entry Permit DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR-DOFAW-Forestry-1
Conservation District Use (CDU) Permit DLNR, Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands DLNR-OCCL-1 (PDF)
Conservation District Use Permit – State Marine Waters /Ocean Waters Construction Permit (OWCP) DLNR, Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands DLNR-OCCL-2 (PDF)
Geothermal Drilling and Well Modification Permit DLNR, Engineering Division DLNR-ENG-3 (PDF)
Use of State Lands Permit State of Hawaii SOH-1 (PDF)
Forest Reserve System Special Use Permit DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR DOFAW Forestry-3 (PDF)
Well Construction and Pump Installation Permit DLNR, Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR CWRM -3 (PDF)
Stream Diversion Works Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-4 (PDF)
Surface Water Use Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-5 (PDF)
Historic Preservation Review DLNR, State Historic Preservation Division SHPD Historic Preservation Review_March 2015
Historic Sites Review DLNR, State Historic Preservation Division DLNR SHPD-2 (PDF)
Natural Area Reserves Special (NARS) Use Permit DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR DOFAW NES-2 (PDF)
Stream Channel Alteration Permit (SCAP) DLNR, Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-1 (PDF)
Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Permit DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR DOFAW Forestry-4 (PDF)
Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) / Fuel Off-take Agreement Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) PUC PPA Approval_April 2015
Transmission Line Approval PUC PUC Transmission Line Approval_April 2015
Geothermal Resource Mining Lease DLNR-ENG/Land DLNR ENG.Land-1 (PDF)
Submerged Land Lease DLNR-OCCL/Land DLNR Land Submerged Lands Lease_Dec 2014
Native Invertebrate Research and Collecting Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife-Native Ecosystem Section DLNR-NES-1 (PDF)
Threatened and Endangered (T&E) Plant Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife-Native Ecosystem Section DLNR-NES-3 (PDF)
Threatened and Endangered Invertebrate Research and Collecting Permit Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife-Native Ecosystem Section DLNR-NES-4 (PDF)
Protected Wildlife Permit for Wildlife Rehabilitation Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Wildlife DLNR-Wildlife-4 (PDF)
Protected Wildlife Permit for Scientific Research Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Wildlife DLNR-Wildlife-2 (PDF)
Protected Wildlife Permit for Educational Display of Live Wildlife Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Wildlife DLNR-Wildlife-3 (PDF)

Federal Permit Packets

Permit Name Permit Agency Permit Packet Number
Department of the Army (DA) Permit Army Corp of Engineers DA-1 (PDF)
Bridge Permit, Rivers and Harbors Act Section 9 U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard USCG-1 (PDF)
Marine and Harbor Activities Notice (“Notice”) U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard USCG-2 (PDF)
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) / Environmental Assessment (EA) Council on Environmental Quality NEPA CE EA EIS_Dec 2014
Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water EPA-2 (PDF)
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) if Impacting a National Park (recommendation to DOH Air Pollution Control Permit) National Park Service, Air Resources Division NPS-1 (PDF)
Incidental Take Statement (ITS), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 (a)(2) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA-2 (PDF)
Incidental Take Permit (ITP), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10 (a)(1)(B) NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA-1 (PDF)
Letter of Authorization (LOA) or Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA-3 (PDF)
Incidental Take Statement (ITS), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 (a)(2) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Field Office Consultation and Technical Assistance Program USFWS-2 (PDF)
Incidental Take Permit (ITP), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10 (a)(1)(B) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Field Office USFWS ITP_Dec 2014
Construction in Potential Navigable Airspace (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Western-Pacific Region Airports Division Construction in Potential Navigable Airspace (FAA)

Construction of a Solar Facility on Airport Facilities (FAA)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Western-Pacific Region Airports Division  Construction of a Solar Facility on Airport Facilities (FAA)
Construction of Solar Facility Near Final Approach Path for Airports (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Western-Pacific Region Airports Division Construction of Solar Facility Near Final Approach Path for Airports (FAA)
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Renewable Energy Project Lease, Easement, or ROW Grants Mineral Management Services DOI-1 (PDF)
Hydroelectric Project Authorizations (Licenses and Exemptions) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) FERC-1 (PDF)
Hydrokinetic Pilot Project License Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) FERC-2 (PDF)

Important Notice and Disclaimer: The Guide to Renewable Energy Facility Permits in the State of Hawaii and the accompanying Permit Packets are designed to help people understand the permitting process in Hawaii; they are not legal documents. Further, these documents should not be relied on exclusively to determine legal responsibilities. In some cases, permits, approvals, and licenses not included in these resources may be necessary to a particular project. Permitting laws, related legislation, and procedures for securing permits and approvals are dynamic and ever-changing. All process overviews were created with the intent that the applicant would contact the permitting agency directly and consult all current materials as provided by the permitting agency. Because the complexity of many of the permitting processes precludes detailing all steps in the process, the overviews are intended to provide a broad understanding of the process. The Permitting Wizard, Guide, and Permit Packets provided herein are for guidance only and may differ from actual regulations or agency practices. The State of Hawaii and the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) are not responsible for any delays or losses caused thereby should the processing of a permit or approval differ from that outlined in the Permitting Wizard, Guide, and Permit Packets. Additionally, these tools are not meant to serve as substitutes for hiring a professional permitting consultant. DBEDT strongly recommends that each renewable energy developer procure its own consultant(s) familiar with local permits and approvals to assist it through the permitting process. A non-inclusive list of permitting consultants familiar with Hawai‘i processes can be found at this website.