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Water Quality - NPDES Fees

Water Quality

Fees Schedule

Effective September 1, 2007
Miscellaneous | Definitions

CATEGORY A

ACTIVITY
See Notes 1,2
NEW PERMIT APPLICATION
FEE/ANNUAL FEE
MAJOR MODIFICATION FEE
See Note 3
Major Individual NPDES Permits
$3,440 $1,030
Minor Individual NPDES Permits $860 $260
Single Family Residences $60 $20
Stormwater & Wastewater
Discharge General Permits
$100 N/A
Recycle Systems $360 $110
Animal Permits (Small Ops) $60 N/A
Animal Permits (Medium Ops) $180 N/A
Animal Permits (Large Ops) $360 N/A
Nondischarge Major Permits $1,310 $395
Nondischarge Minor Permits $810 $245

CATEGORY B

ACTIVITY
See Note 1
ADDITIONAL ANNUAL FEE
See Note 4
PROJECT FEE
See Note 3
Special Order by Consent-Major $500 $400
Special Order by Consent-Minor $250 $400

CATEGORY C

ACTIVITY
See Note 1
ADDITIONAL ANNUAL FEE
See Note 4
Sewer Extensions $480
State Stormwater $505
Water Quality Certifications-Major $570
Water Quality Certifications-Minor $240
Petroleum Contaminated Soils $480

MISCELLANEOUS 

ACTIVITY PROJECT FEE
Permit Renewal No Fee
Authorization to Construct No Fee
Minor Permit Modification No Fee

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NOTES:
1Refer to definitions page for specific descriptions of each activity category.
2.  For new permit requests under activities listed in Category A, a fee equivalent to the corresponding annual fee is required.  This fee is non-refundable if the permit request is denied.  If the permit is granted, this fee applies as the annual fee for the first year after permit issuance.
3.  This fee is non-refundable if the permit request is denied.  A major modification shall be defined as one that increases the volume, increases the pollutant load, results in a significant relocation of the discharge point, or results in a change in the characteristics of the waste generated.
4.  These fees shall be in addition to the associated annual fee as listed under Category A.
 

Definitions of Permitted Activities

Individual NPDES (Major)
>= 1.0 million gallons per day. Industries with high toxic potential; municipalities with pretreatment programs; municipal stormwater permits.
Individual NPDES (Minor) < 1.0 million gallons per day. Industries with low toxic potential; municipalities; small domestic waste facilities; industrial stormwater permits.
Single Family Residences
All individual systems covered under NPDES General Permit Number NCG550000 and non-discharge single family residential systems.
Stormwater & Wastewater Discharge General Permits Facilities covered under statewide General NPDES Permits. Common examples include: mine dewatering, cooling water, vehicle maintenance activities, etc.
Recycle Systems Must be complete closed-loop recycle system.
Animal Permits (Small) 38,500 to 99,999 Steady State Live Weight
Animal Permits (Medium) 100,000 to 799,999 Steady State Live Weight
Animal Permits (Large) > 800,000 Steady State Live Weight
Nondischarge Permits (Major) > 10,000 gallons per day or > 300 acres of land required.
Nondischarge Permits (Minor) 100,000 to 799,999 Steady State Live Weight
Special Order by Consent (Major) Refer to categories described above for Major facilities.
Special Order by Consent (Minor) Refer to categories described above for Minor facilities.
Sewer Extensions Collection system construction or extension to an existing system.
State Stormwater All new development in the 20 coastal counties. New development located throughout the state near designated sensitive waters (i.e. High Quality Waters, Outstanding Resource Waters).
Water Quality Certifications (Major) > 1.0 acre wetland fill, > 150 feet stream impacts
Water Quality Certifications (Minor) < 1.0 acre wetland fill, < 150 feet stream impacts
Petroleum Contaminated Soils Removal, treatment and disposal of petroleum-contaminated soils.

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