Federal and State Agency Contacts

Renewable energy facility permitting requires working with agencies at the federal, State, and county levels. These agencies have an obligation to properly examine proposed projects to ensure the protection of environmental and social goods and values, while not needlessly hindering beneficial renewable energy projects that can move Hawaii toward a more sustainable future.

Developers should contact all relevant permitting agencies early in the planning process. The number of agencies involved depends on a number of project-specific factors. The tables below will assist in determining the permits and agencies that will be required for each project.

Agency regulatory and management responsibilities can overlap and be shared. For example, US EPA has delegated regulatory authority for some environmental permits (such as certain Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act permits) to the State, while the State has transferred some responsibilities to the counties. Therefore, one permit could be addressing requirements established by all three levels of government.

Federal Agencies and Contact Information

Agency Contact Information
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE, ACOE, CE)
  • Pacific Ocean Division (POD)
    Phone: 808-438-1500
USACE Honolulu District
Building 230
Fort Shafter, Hawaii 96858
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) U.S. EPA Region 9 Water Program
75 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-947-8707
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Honolulu Airports District Office
P.O. Box 50244
Honolulu, HI 96850-0001
Phone: 808-541-1232
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Office of Energy Projects (OEP)
    Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance (DHAC)
    Phone: 202-502-8700

  • San Francisco Regional Office (SFRO)
    Phone: 415-369-3300
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

Department of Homeland Security
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
    U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu
    General Communications
    Phone: 808-842-2640
400 Sand Island Parkway
Honolulu, HI 96819
Department of Interior (DOI)
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)
    Offshore Energy and Minerals Management (OEMM)
    Phone: 800-672-2627
Pacific OCS Region
770 Paseo Camarillo, 2nd Floor,
Camarillo, CA 93010

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
    Office of Protected Resources (OPR)
    Phone: 808-944-2200
1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110
Honolulu, HI 96814
National Park Service (NPS)
  • Air Resources Division (ARD)
    Phone: 303-969-2816
12795 W. Alameda Pkwy
Denver, CO 80225
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
    Phone: 808-792-9400
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Room 3-122
Honolulu, HI 96850

State Agencies and Contact Information

Agency Contact Information
Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA)
  • Division of Plant Industry
    Pesticides Branch
    Phone: 808-973-9401
1428 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814

Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH)
  • Environmental Management Division (EMD)
    Phone: 808-586-4304

  • Clean Air Branch
    Phone: 808-586-4200

  • Clean Water Branch
    Phone: 808-586-4309

  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch
    Phone: 808-586-4226
  • Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office (HEER)
    Phone: 808-586-4249

  • Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC)
    Phone: 808-586-4185
1250 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)
  • State Land Use Commission (LUC)
    Phone: 808-587-3822

  • Office of Planning (OP)
    Phone: 808-587-2833

  • Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA)
    Phone: 808-587-2870
235 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-587-2790
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR)
  • Occupational, Safety and Health Division
    Phone: 808-586-9100
830 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
  • Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM)
    Phone: 808-587-0214

  • Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW)
    Phone: 808-587-0166

  • Engineering Division
    Phone: 808-587-0236

  • Land Division
    Phone: 808-587-0414

  • Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL)
    Phone: 808-587-0377

  • State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD)
    Phone: 808-692-8015
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-587-0400
Department of Transportation (HDOT)
  • Highways Division
    Aliiaimoku Building
    869 Punchbowl Street, Room 513
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    Phone: 808-587-2220

  • Harbors Division
    Hale Awa Ku Moku Building
    79 South Nimitz Highway
    Honolulu, HI
    Phone: 808-857-1927

Public Utilities Commission (PUC) 465 S. King Street, #103
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-586-2020