State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
Completing a SEQRA Environmental Assessment Form
Certain projects reviewed by the City, such as major site plans and use variances, require the completion of an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF). This form provides details that will help the lead agency understand the location, size, type, and characteristics of the proposed project as part of the environmental review process. The form can be completed using existing information; either from the applicant's knowledge of the site and proposed activity, or by exploring the information and maps available through the EAF Workbooks. The EAFs, EAF Mapper and EAF Workbooks can be found here.
Applicants can partially complete an EAF using the EAF Mapper by clicking on this link and entering the project address under Step 1 on the right side of the webpage and following the remaining steps as prompted. This will auto-fill questions on topics most users are unfamiliar with.
The purpose of the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Act is to avoid or limit possible negative impacts on the environment from proposed actions such as adopting land use plans, area and use variances, building a housing development or a roadway or filling wetlands. The SEQR process provides a way for agencies to look closely at the possible environmental impacts of a proposed action.
Actions that are classified as a Type I Action pursuant to 617.4 of SEQRA require the completion of a Full Environmental Assessment Form (FEAF). Actions that are classified as Unlisted Actions are required to use a Short Environmental Assessment Form (SEAF). Actions that are classified as a Type II Action pursuant to 617.5 of SEQRA require no further environmental review. The applicant or project sponsor is responsible for completing Part I of either a FEAF or SEAF, while the Lead Agency completes Parts 2 and 3.
The Lead Agency conducting the SEQR review must determine if a proposed action may or will not have significant adverse impacts on the environment. Impacts must be evaluated for both severity and importance. During this evaluation, an agency must consider all components/phases of the proposed action (the “whole action”). Determinations of significance must be based on information provided by the project sponsor in an EAF, other supporting documents and comments from any involved agencies and the public. Determinations can include a Negative Declaration which is a final step in the review or a Positive Declaration which require the preparation of an EIS before agency decisions may be made regarding the action. The positive declaration starts the EIS process.
More information on the SEQR process can be found here.
The City submits notices required under SEQR regulations (6 NYCRR Part 617), such as Type I Negative Declarations and EIS, on the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB).