The Commission's major hydropower activity is relicensing existing projects whose licenses are about to expire. Staff prepares either an Environmental Assessments (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and bases recommended license conditions on these reviews. 



Licensing Processes

Alternative Licensing Process Flowcharts

Traditional Licensing Process Flowcharts


Integrated Licensing Process


General Guidance

Contents of an application

Project Information

The following descriptive information is available for licenses, exemptions, and preliminary permits issued by the Commission:

  1. Project Number and Name;
  2. Licensee/Exemptee/Permitee;
  3. Authorized Capacity in Kilowatts;
  4. State(s);
  5. River/Stream;
  6. Issuance Date; and
  7. Expiration Date.

For further information you should contact the Public Reference Room during the hours of 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Friday at 202-502-8371 or toll-free at 1-866-208-3676. Your requests can also be e-mailed to


This page was last updated on May 14, 2024