How does SEQR affect my project?
As stated above, if your project requires approval from any state or local agency, the law says you must be subject to a SEQR review. This process can be relatively simple, or has the potential to be much more involved for more complex projects. The length of the review process, as well as the degree of any potential impacts, is at the discretion of the agency in question. It falls on the applicant or their representative to provide sufficient information concerning the proposed project for the agency to make a determination.
An overview of the anticipated project impacts is provided in an Environmental Assessment Form, or EAF, completed at the time of application.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) provides both a Short Environmental Assessment Form (Short EAF), for simpler projects, and a Full Environmental Assessment Form (Full EAF) for more complex projects. Typically, a Short EAF is sufficient for most agencies; however, depending on the scope of the project a Full EAF may be requested.