NPDES Wastewater Permits
How do I apply for an NPDES wastewater permit?
To obtain an NPDES wastewater permit, you must complete State Application Form 200 and Federal Application Forms 1 and 2 (Form 2 takes various forms depending on discharge type). You must also pay the correct fee.
- Applications and application fees should be mailed to:
Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region
Attn: NPDES Wastewater
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612
Several general permits already exist to cover a number of discharge categories:
- Aggregate mining, sand washing, and sand offloading
- VOC and fuel cleanup
- Treated brackish and treated structural dewatering groundwater
- Filter backwash from drinking water filter facilities
- Dry docks
These general permits specify the discharge types that qualify for coverage and explain how to obtain such coverage. To obtain coverage under one of the general permits, you must submit a notice of intent as described in that general permit. You need not apply for a new permit.
What permits have been issued and when will they be reissued?
In addition to the general permits listed above, numerous dischargers hold individual permits. There are also region-wide watershed permits for municipal and industrial wastewater discharges of mercury, PCBs, and nutrients to San Francisco Bay.
NPDES permits must be reissued every five years. The Regional Water Board reissues permits at public hearings after consideration of public comments. The current Permit reissuance schedule is updated regularly. To receive email notifications of upcoming comment opportunities, subscribe to our electronic mailing list.
Where can I find standard permit attachments?
Most NPDES permits contain all requirements verbatim, including Federal Standard Provisions based on 40 CFR 122.41 and 122.42 and Regional Standard Provisions:
- Regional Standard Provisions, and Monitoring and Reporting Requirements (Supplement to Attachment D) for NPDES Wastewater Discharge Permits (November 2017)
- Stormwater Provisions, Monitoring, and Reporting Requirements (November 2017)
How do I report unauthorized discharges (e.g. spills or bypasses)?
Municipal wastewater treatment plants must report unauthorized discharges in accordance with requirements in their NDPES permits. Sanitary sewer collection system agencies must report unauthorized discharges in accordance with the waste discharge requirements for sanitary sewer systems. The public may also report problems here.
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How can I get more information?
- Robert Schlipf
Telephone: (510) 622-2478