Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides a Project Environmental Checklist to help assess permitting needs for UConn projects during the planning stage. Identifying permitting needs and other environmental issues during the planning stage allows for better time and budget planning for the project. Please use the Project Environmental Checklist blank form and contact the EHS - Environmental Programs should you have any questions.
Many of UConn’s construction activities are subject to one or more state or Federal requirements. UConn’s EHS Environmental Programs group can help!
- The size of the project and the project’s location will dictate which permits are required.
- Please consult EHS Environmental Programs during a project’s planning or early design phases to determine which permits will be needed.
- EHS will advise on how to budget and schedule your project appropriately to account for permit preparation and agency review times.
- EHS will work with your engineers to ensure the applications are accurate and complete.
Below is a summary of the various environmental permits that could be needed for any UConn construction project, large or small.
UConn, as a Connecticut state agency, must adhere to the process established by the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) for evaluating planned actions that may significantly affect the environment.
New buildings, roads, or parking lots could trigger a detailed environmental review, depending on their size, location and/or cost. The Environmental Classification Document helps UConn determine whether an action could significantly affect the environment.
Detailed reviews, when required, are called Environmental Impact Evaluations (EIEs). For information on completed UConn EIEs, visit the University Planning Design and Construction (UPDC) website. Link to UConn's Published EIE page
The National Environmental Policy Act established procedural requirements to prepare Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).
UConn projects using Federal funds may require an EA and/or an EIS. Federal projects on UConn campuses also fall under NEPA. Link to UConn's published EIE Page
Joint Federal/UConn actions for which environmental impact documents are prepared for NEPA also satisfy CEPA requirements, so long as the NEPA reports are published like CEPA reports.
Federal regulations provide for the preparation of an EA to determine whether the proposed action requires a more detailed EIS. An EA may conclude with a recommendation to prepare an EIS or a recommendation to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
Visit the Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) website for more information.