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Special Permits and State Waivers Overview

Special Permits  

A special permit (previously called a waiver) is an order that waives or modifies compliance with a regulatory requirement if the pipeline operator requesting it demonstrates the need and PHMSA determines that granting a special permit would be consistent with pipeline safety. Special permits are authorized by statute in 49 USC § 60118(c) and the application process is set forth in 49 CFR 190.341. PHMSA performs extensive technical analysis on special permit applications and typically conditions a grant of a special permit on the performance of alternative measures that will provide an equal or greater level of safety. PHMSA is committed to public involvement and transparency in special permit proceedings and publishes notice of every special permit application received in the Federal Register for comment.

For background information on general and emergency special permits, please refer to the following documents:. 

State Waivers

A state waiver is similar to a special permit, except that it waives or modifies compliance with a regulation adopted by the state pursuant to its participation in the pipeline safety program under a certification authorized by 49 USC § 60105 or an agreement authorized by 49 USC § 60106. Prior to issuing a state waiver, the state is required to provide PHMSA with a 60 day review period.

Federal Register Notices Related to Special Permit Applications 

Federal Register Notices Related to Special Permits Applications
Federal Register (FR) Notices Description Publish Date
81 FR 176 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2007–0038, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.; PHMSA–2016–0072, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.; PHMSA–2016–0073, New Fortress Energy-Tico Development Partners, LLC) Oct 5, 2016
81 FR 85 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2016–0028) May 3, 2016
81 FR 35 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA-2016-0004, PHMSA-2016-0006, PHMSA-2016-0007, PHMSA-2016-0008, PHMSA-2016-0009) Feb 23, 2016
80 FR 247 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA-2015-0210) Dec 24, 2015
80 FR 115 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Special Permit Renewal Requests (PHMSA-2008-0257) Jun 16, 2015
80 FR 115 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Special Permit Renewal Requests (PHMSA-2010-0063) Jun 16, 2015
80 FR 23 - Renewal requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2008-0141) Feb 4, 2015
80 FR 23 - Renewal requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2008-0213) Feb 4, 2015
80 FR 23 - Renewal requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2006-26614) Feb 4, 2015
80 FR 23 - Renewal requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2005-20323) Feb 4, 2015
79 FR 213 - Renewal Requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal Requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2008-0331) Nov 4, 2014
79 FR 213 - Renewal Requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal Requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2007-29078) Nov 4, 2014
79 FR 213 - Renewal Requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal Requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2008-0345) Nov 4, 2014
79 FR 213 - Renewal Requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal Requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2008-0066) Nov 4, 2014
79 FR 213 - Renewal Requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal Requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2009-0319) Nov 4, 2014
79 FR 213 - Renewal Requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Renewal Requests for Special Permit (PHMSA-2008-0330) Nov 4, 2014
79 FR 37 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA-2013-0181) Feb 25, 2014
78 FR 65429 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2010–0041) Oct 31, 2013
78 FR 52820 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA-2013-0181) Aug 26, 2013
78 FR 52821 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA-2013-0146) Aug 26, 2013
77 FR 58623 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2007–0039) Sep 21, 2012
77 FR 34458 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2012–0112) Jun 11, 2012
76 FR 26793 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2011–0063) May 9, 2011
76 FR 21423 - Requests for Special Permits Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2011–0063) Apr 15, 2011
76 FR 11853 - Requests for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2011–0027) Mar 3, 2011
75 FR 66425 - Request for Special Permit Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit (PHMSA–2010–0124) Oct 28, 2010
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017