Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order March 26 allowing state agencies to extend statutory, regulatory, and administrative deadlines by up to 90 days.

The order, a reflection of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, could mean a delay in approving a range of state permits and other applications.

The administration advises that while not all agencies will extend dates, those that do have an additional 90 days to comply with deadlines for filings, decisions, and notice for permitting and other applications for administrative hearings.

Lamont is allowing department heads, commissioners, agency heads, and board and commission chairs to "issue any orders necessary to implement and effectuate the purposes of this order and shall publicly post and maintain such orders on their respective websites."

Businesses with applications pending at a state agency like the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, could see delays in permitting approvals.

The governor's order also extends time periods for a number of permits specific to the Department of Transportation that would have otherwise allowed automatic approvals.

This includes approvals for permits to perform work in right of way areas alongside roads and highways.