Renewable Energy Project Permitting in the State of Hawaii – Permit Briefs

The Hawaii State Energy Office created UNOFFICIAL Permit Briefs for nearly 200 individual STATE, COUNTY, and FEDERAL permits and approvals (in that order) that could be required for a renewable energy project in Hawaii. Each Brief includes process flowcharts, estimated process timelines, and other application information relevant to renewable energy developments.

Residential Photovoltaic Installations

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 City and County of Honolulu  Oahu Residential PV Installation_May 2015 — Outdated
 Maui  Maui County Residential PV Installation_May 2015 — Outdated
 Hawaii  Hawaii Island Residential PV Installation_May 2015 — Outdated

State of Hawaii Permits

Permit Name Branch / Division / Office / Commission HSEO Permit Brief
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Pesticide Applicator Certification Plant Industry Division, Pesticides Branch DOA-PB-1
Pesticides Experimental Use Permit Plant Industry Division, Pesticides Branch DOA-PB-2
Restricted Commodities into Hawaii Plant Industry Division, Plant Quarantine Branch DOA-PQB-1
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, and TOURISM
Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)    Federal Consistency Review Office of Planning DBEDT-OP-1
District Boundary Amendment Land Use Commission DBEDT-LUC-1
Kakaako Makai Development Permit Hawaii Community Development Authority DBEDT-HCDA-2
Kakaako Mauka/Kalaeloa Development Permit Hawaii Community Development Authority DBEDT HCDA-1
Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit Office of Planning DBEDT-OP-2
Special Use Permit (Over 15 Acres) Land Use Commission DBEDT-LUC-2
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE and CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) or                Fuel Off-Take Agreement Hawaii Public Utilities Commission PUC PPA Approval
Transmission Line Approval Hawaii Public Utilities Commission PUC Transmission Line Approval
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Agricultural Burning Clean Air Branch DOH-CAB-1
Air Pollution Control Permit – Covered Source Permit and Noncovered Source Permit Clean Air Branch DOH-CAB-2
Biosolids Treatment Works Notice of Intent Wastewater Branch DOH-WW-1
Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know-Act Chemical Inventory Reporting Office of Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response DOH-HEER-1
Environmental Assessment (EA) Office of Environmental Quality Control Environmental Assessment
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Office of Environmental Quality Control Environmental Impact Statement
Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Permit (TSD) Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch DOH-SHW-1
Individual Wastewater Management Permit Wastewater Branch DOH-WW-2
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-1
Noise Permit Indoor and Radiological Health Branch DOH-IRH-1
Noise Variance Indoor and Radiological Health Branch DOH-IRH-2
Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-2
Solid Waste Management Facility Permit Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch DOH-SHWB
Underground Injection Control Permit (UIC) Safe Drinking Water Branch DOH-SDW-1
Underground Storage Tank (UST) Permit Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch DOH-SHW-3
Variance From Pollution Control Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-3
Zone of Mixing (ZOM) Permit Clean Water Branch DOH-CWB-4
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Boiler and/or Pressure Vessel Permits Hawaii Occupational Safety & Health Division DLIR-1
Elevator and Kindred Equipment Permit Hawaii Occupational Safety & Health Division DLIR-2
DEPARTMENT OF LAND and NATURAL RESOURCES
Closed Watershed Entry Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR-DOFAW-1
Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands DLNR-OCCL-1
Conservation District Use Permit – State Marine Waters /Ocean Waters Construction Permit (OWCP) Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands DLNR-OCCL-2
Dam Safety Permit Engineering Division DLNR-ENG-1
Forest Reserve System Special Use Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR DOFAW Forestry-3
Geothermal Cable System Development Permit Engineering Division S-23
Geothermal Exploration Permit Engineering Division DLNR-ENG-2
Geothermal Drilling and Well Modification Permit Engineering Division DLNR-ENG-3
Geothermal Resource Mining Lease Engineering Division, Land Division DLNR ENG.Land-1
Ground Water Use Permit Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-2
Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) and Incidental Take Licenses (ITLs) Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR DOFAW ITL HCP
Historic Preservation Review State Historic Preservation Division SHPD Historic Preservation Review
Historic Sites Review State Historic Preservation Division DLNR SHPD-2
Native Invertebrate Research and Collecting Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Native Ecosystem Section DLNR-NES-1
Natural Area Reserves Special (NARS) Use Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR DOFAW NES-2
Protected Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR-Wildlife-4
Protected Wildlife Scientific Research Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR-Wildlife-2
Protected Wildlife Educational Display of Live Wildlife Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR-Wildlife-3
Stream Channel Alteration Permit (SCAP) Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-1
Stream Diversion Works Permit Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-4
Submerged Land Lease or Right-of-Way Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, Land Division DLNR Land Submerged Lands Lease
Surface Water Use Permit Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR-CWRM-5
Threatened and Endangered Plant Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Native Ecosystem Section DLNR-NES-3
Threatened and Endangered Invertebrate Research and Collecting Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Native Ecosystem Section DLNR-NES-4
Use of State Lands Permit Land Division SOH-1
Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Permit Commission on Water Resource Management DLNR CWRM -3
Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Permit Division of Forestry and Wildlife DLNR DOFAW Forestry-4
OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
Consultation w/ Office of Hawaiian Affairs Office of Hawaiian Affairs OHA Consultation
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Construction to Cross or Enter the State Energy Corridor Harbors Division, Engineering Branch DOT-HBR-2
Construction Upon a State Highway Highways Division DOT-HWY-1
Operate or Transport Oversize and/or Overweight Vehicles and Loads Permit Highways Division DOT-HWY-2
Use and Occupancy Permit (Lane Use Permit for Construction Work) Highways Division DOT-HWY-3
Work in Ocean Waters of the State Harbors Division DOT-HBR-1

County Permits

Kauai County

Permit Name Permit Agency HSEO Permit Brief
Building Permit Department of Public Works, Building Division K-3
Driveway Approach Application Department of Public Works, Engineering Division K-4
Grading Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division K-5
Grubbing Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division K-6
Road Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division K-7
Sewer Connection Permit Department of Public Works, Wastewater Management Division K-9
Shoreline Setback Variance Department of Planning Kauai SSV_March 2015
Special Management Area Permit – Major Department of Planning Kauai SMA Major Permit_March 2015
Special Management Area Permit – Minor Department of Planning Kauai SMA Minor Permit_March 2015
Special Permit Department of Planning Kauai Special Permit_March 2015
Stockpiling Permit Department of Public Works, Engineering Division K-8
Use Permit Department of Planning Kauai Use Permit_March 2015
Variance Department of Planning K-13
Water Service Application Department of Water K-10
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

City and County of Honolulu

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

 Maui County

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

 Hawaii County

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

Federal Permits

Permit Name Permit Agency HSEO Permit Brief
Bridge Permit, Rivers and Harbors Act, Section 9 U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard USCG-1
Construction in Potential Navigable Airspace Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region Airports Division Construction in Potential Navigable Airspace-FAA

Construction of a Solar Facility on Airport Facilities

Federal Aviation Administration, 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, Western-Pacific Region Airports Division Construction of Solar Facility Near Final Approach Path for Airports-FAA
Department of the Army (DA) Permit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DA-1
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) / Environmental Assessment (EA) Council on Environmental Quality NEPA CE EA EIS_Dec 2014
Hydroelectric Project Authorizations (Licenses and Exemptions) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) FERC-1
Hydrokinetic Pilot Project License Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) FERC-2
Incidental Take Permit (ITP), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10 (a)(1)(B) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA-1
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
Incidental Take Statement (ITS), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 (a)(2) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA-2
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
Letter of Authorization (LOA) or Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA-3
Marine and Harbor Activities Notice (“Notice”) U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard USCG-2
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Renewable Energy Project Lease, Easement, or ROW Grants U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) DOI-1
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
Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water EPA-2

 

Important Notice:
These resources are advisory and for informational purposes only and may not be relied upon to determine regulatory or interconnection requirements for any project. Contact the appropriate permitting agencies directly for permit information.  The listings, associations, and contacts herein are provided for informational purposes only and are not meant to be all inclusive.

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