Pre-Design Meeting Process

Businesses considering establishing or expanding facilities in Utah may use DEQ’s pre-design process to assist with obtaining environmental permits quickly and efficiently. The processing of permit applications can take between 21 and 180 days, depending upon the permit(s) required. Complex and large-scale project may require additional review time.

DEQ will arrange a meeting with Division representatives to introduce the permit process, explain which permits are required, and detail pollution prevention techniques. Contacts from DEQ who attend the meeting will serve as the program contact (air, land, water permits) for the company from that point forward. Coordination of Division representative schedules requires contacting DEQ at least two weeks prior to your anticipated need for a meeting.

Set Up A Meeting

To set up a Pre-Design meeting, please contact Contact Eleanor Divver: (801) 536-0091.

Pre-Design Meeting Preparation

To assure that the pre-design meeting is valuable to the company and to assist DEQ in determining the best suited technical experts to attend the meeting we request that the company submit an information sheet that outlines as much about waste and emissions as possible. Information that is helpful includes:

  • Proposed Site Location
  • Size of Operation
  • Significant Process’ that affect emissions and wastes
  • Number of Employees
  • Contact information of company representatives planning to attend

Beyond Utah DEQ

In some cases, a company may be involved in processes with environmental impacts beyond those regulated by DEQ. In this case, the pre-design program can work with the company to determine what outside agencies should also participate in the pre-design process. These include but are not limited to:

  • Army Corps of Engineers/Wetlands
  • Division of Natural Resources
  • Economic Developmentā€”State and Local
  • Energy Office
  • Fish and Wildlife/Endangered Species
  • Local Health/Environmental Health Departments
  • Oil, Gas, and Mining
  • State Trust Lands
  • Transportation
  • United State Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
  • Water Rights

Companies may also want to check with local fire departments regarding emergency evacuation plans, above ground storage tanks, etc.

Where Should I Go Next?

Before the meeting, you might find it helpful to explore DEQ’s permitting pages.

  • If you already know which permits you need, then please visit our Find a Permit page that lists permits by division or topic.
  • If you are unsure of which permits you need, then please take our step-by-step guided tour.