What next after permit denial?

JoeT

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Dec 17, 2023
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It hasn't happened to me yet, but I like to be prepared for all outcomes, and I have no idea what to do after a permit application is denied. What are the next steps?
 
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I'd say that it largely depends on why the permit was denied. It could be as simple as some oversight while filling out the paperwork, in which case you'd make the corrections and resubmit. Or you might need to rethink your whole project. For instance, maybe you were hoping to drill somewhere that also happens to be the habitat for a rare species of lizard. You might reroute your project away from the habitat, or perhaps you could relocate the lizards before you begin drilling. The bottom line is that you'd want to look at why the permit was denied, then work from there.
 
You can usually appeal the denial, so it wouldn't hurt to check into that. Some law firms and environmental consultants specialize in such appeals. Of course, it could get costly, so you'd need to consider whether it's worth it.
 
It hasn't happened to me yet, but I like to be prepared for all outcomes, and I have no idea what to do after a permit application is denied. What are the next steps?
In most cases you would start with appealing the decision. But, you need a reason for the appeal, like why you believe it was incorrect to be denied the permit. If they detail what the issue was, make sure you read it thoroughly and make sure you correct any mistakes. Make any required changes to overturn it. If not, you should be able to apply for another permit, just make sure everything you plan to do is within reason and within the rules.
 
If all fails, appeal and try again. If you are unsure as to why you failed originally, speak with whoever failed you, and appeal to them. Ask them questions about why you were declined and what the next steps are to appeal the choice. They should also detail what reasons why you didn't qualify, if you write those wrongs, they will probably approve you for a permit once all the proper info is gathered up.
 
Like I mentioned earlier, it hasn't happened yet, but it sure is nice to know how to handle a rejection if it does happen. I hate walking into things blindly. Thanks for going through the proper steps with me. I feel better prepared than I did a few days ago.
 
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