The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has introduced an online permit process that significantly reduced the time required for the traditional application process.
"The online permit process will simplify and speed up the process for those seeking land disturbance permits from the DNR," said Sara Parker Pauley, director. "Builders, contractors and developers will now be able to get permits in minutes instead of weeks while still offering the same level of environmental protection."
A land disturbance permit is required for any project that results in the disturbance of one acre of land or more. The purpose of the permit is to ensure steps are taken by the permit holder to prevent erosion from the site polluting local waterways.
The DNR has issued 1,400 permits so far this year, compared to 829 last year. The department will continue to accept paper applications until Sept. 1 before the process converts to online applications only.
"This is just the start of the process to eventually make all of our permits available online," Pauley said.
The department will reassess the process before launching the online process-only format.
DNR has developed a series of orientation videos to assist permit seekers with the online process.
For more information, visit www.dnr.mo.gov.
Those wishing to obtain personal assistance with the permitting process may visit any of the department's regional offices, located at 2040 W. Woodland in Springfield, at Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Smith Hall, Room 201 in Neosho, or at the Lewis and Clark State Office in Jefferson City.