Anyone who wishes to discharge dredged or fill material into the waters of the U.S., regardless of whether on private or public property, must obtain a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and a Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) from the state.
Anyone who wishes to discharge dredged or fill material into isolated wetlands in Ohio must obtain an Isolated Wetland Permit from Ohio EPA.
The 401 Water Quality Certification and Isolated Wetland Permitting Section reviews applications for projects that propose the placement of fill or dredged material into waters of the State, including streams, lakes and wetlands. The section also reviews required mitigation of issued permits and performs wetland research.
To make a complaint and/or report illegal fill activities, please email the Complaint Form [Word] to EPA401Webmail@epa.ohio.gov.
New Wetland Antidegradation Rule Requirements
Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water (DSW) adopted final revisions to the Wetland Antidegradation and Wetland Water Quality Standards rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-1-50:54. The effective date of these amended rules is July 30, 2018. For final versions of the rules in OAC 3745-1-50:54 please go here.
To coincide with the revised rules, changes were required to the 401 WQC application form, impact tables and application instructions. The new form, impact tables and instructions are available on the Water Quality Certification tab below. Once the new rules become effective on July 30, 2018, the new forms (dated 06/2018) should be used. Ohio EPA will continue to accept the old application forms and impact tables (dated 12/2016) until Oct. 30, 2018 after which the new application form will be required. Once the revised rules are effective, the new application requirements, outlined in the application instructions, will be in effect and will be expected for all submittals.
NEW OPTIONS TO SUBMIT APPLICATION ONLINE NOW
The Ohio EPA eBusiness Center provides applicants the option to prepare and submit applications and pay associated fees online for the following applications: pre-application meetings, 401 water quality certifications, 401 director’s authorizations, and isolated wetland permits. Users have the ability to create an Ohio EPA eBusiness Center account, obtain a PIN (i.e., electronic signature) within minutes, and access and submit applications. More information is available on the respective tabs below.
- Account Creation and PIN Setup Walkthrough
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Consultants CAN NOT PIN (electronically sign) applications on behalf of their clients. Consultants can COMPLETE the application then DELEGATE it to their client to pin and submit.