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Does every industrial and commercial project require a permit from the Agency?

Generally, yes but there are exceptions as noted. In Hamlet areas, industrial and commercial projects do not usually require permits from the Agency. In Hamlets, permits are required if proposed new structures are to be over 40 feet in height, if wetlands are involved, or if a project involves over one hundred lots or units (as in the case of a hotel). Outside hamlet areas, Agency permits are always required for new industrial and commercial projects. A greater than 25 percent expansion of a business outside of a Hamlet (as measured from its size in 1973) will also require an Agency permit.