Applications & Information for Docket Holders

DRBC Project Review Thresholds
Project Review Fee Information
Project Review Application Forms
Guidance Documents
Standard Reporting Forms

Applicants/Interested Parties:

  • If your project/project of interest is in the One Process/One Permit Program (i.e., a wastewater or water withdrawal project in New Jersey or a wastewater project in New York), please click here.
  • If you are interested in the status of a project under the DRBC review and approval process, please click here.
DRBC Project Review Thresholds

Section 3.8 of the Delaware River Basin Compact (pdf 341 KB) states that "no project having a substantial effect on the water resources of the basin shall hereafter be undertaken by any person, corporation or governmental authority unless it shall have been first submitted to and approved by the Commission" (Compact, §3.8). In accordance with Section 3.8 of the Compact, the commission is required to approve a project whenever it finds and determines that the project would not substantially impair or conflict with the Comprehensive Plan, which consists of all public and private projects and facilities that are required, in the judgment of the commission, for the optimum planning, development, conservation, utilization, management, and control of the water resources of the basin to meet present and future needs. It also incorporates policies and regulations adopted by the commission for the effectuation and enforcement of the Compact.

The majority of the projects subject to commission review under the Compact are water withdrawal and wastewater discharge projects over certain thresholds:

  • The threshold for an average water withdrawal - be it from ground or surface water or diversion or transfer in or out of the basin - is more than 100,000 gallons per day (gpd) during any consecutive 30-day period. The exception is withdrawals located within the Southeastern Pennsylvania Groundwater Protected Area (GWPA; see link on right), where new or expanded well water projects involving an average withdrawal of more than 10,000 gpd during any consecutive 30-day period from a well or group of wells operated as a system are required to obtain a DRBC Protected Area Permit.
  • The commission also regulates the discharge of pollutants into the ground or surface waters of the Delaware River Basin. Discharges over 50,000 gpd during any consecutive 30-day period require DRBC's approval, be it from wastewater treatment facilities or the importation or exportation of wastewater. Discharges are more closely regulated in DRBC's Special Protection Waters (SPW) program, which includes the entire non-tidal Delaware River and the watershed that drains to it. In these waters, commission approval is needed for discharges over 10,000 gpd during any consecutive 30-day period. DRBC approval of wastewater projects is contingent upon the determination that the discharge meets treatment standards and does not adversely affect established water quality criteria for the basin's waters.

Other projects in the basin that may also be subject to commission review include bridges, water impoundments, natural gas and liquid petroleum transmission pipelines, and electric transmission and bulk power lines.

For more information regarding the projects that are covered, project sponsors and the public should refer to Section 401.35 of the commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (pdf 884 KB), which fully lists DRBC's Classification of Projects for Review under Section 3.8 of the Compact on pages 16-18 (of 51).

If you have further questions, please contact David Kovach, Project Review Section, (609) 883-9500 ext. 264.

Project Review Fee Information

Please download and complete the following form:

Docket Application Fees

Project Type  Docket Application Fee  Fee Maximum
Water Withdrawal

$405 per million gallons/month of allocation1, not to exceed $15,1901

Fee is doubled for any portion to be exported from the basin.

Greater of: $15,1901
or Alternative Review Fee

Wastewater Discharge

Private projects: $1,0131

Public projects: $5061

Alternative Review Fee

0.4% of project cost up to $10,000,000 plus 0.12% of project cost above
$10,000,000 (if applicable), not to exceed $75,9511

Greater of: $75,9511
or Alternative Review Fee

1Rates effective July 1, 2017 as published in the Federal Register Notice announcing the rate adjustments (pdf 217 KB). Rates are subject to an annual, indexed inflation adjustment in accordance with the approved resolution (pdf 227 KB).

Other Fees

Proposed Action  Fee Fee Maximum

Emergency Approval Under 18 CFR 401.40

$5,000 Alternative Review Fee
Late Filed Renewal Surcharge $2,000 ---
Modification of a DRBC Approval

At Executive Director’s discretion, Docket Application
Fee for the appropriate project type.

Alternative Review Fee
Name Change


Change of Ownership



1Rates effective July 1, 2017 as published in the Federal Register Notice announcing the rate adjustments (pdf 217 KB). Rates are subject to an annual, indexed inflation adjustment in accordance with the approved resolution (pdf 227 KB).

DRBC Annual Monitoring and Coordination Fee

DRBC Rules of Practice and Procedure (pdf 884 KB)

Project Review Application Forms

Ground and/or Surface Water Withdrawal Application*

*Note: While this application may be used for projects located within the Southeastern Pa. Ground Water Protected Area (GWPA), those applicants should also review the GWPA Applicant Information (click on link in R box).

Discharge of Pollutants into Surface Waters or Groundwaters of the DRB

Request for Name Change or Transfer of Approval

Guidance Documents

The following guidance documents have been developed to assist applicants.

Standard Reporting Forms