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NPDES Stormwater Program

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permitting program regulates three types of activities:  (1) Industrial activities that fall in 10 categories; (2) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems ("MS4s"); and (3) Construction activities that disturb an acre or more.

NPDES Stormwater Program Rules and Laws ♦ Phase II MS4 Forms and Resources

Draft General Permits NCG210000 is available for public comment until July 17, 2013.  Please check our Public Notice Events Calendar.
Looking for the No Exposure Self Re-Certification Information?  Click the No Exposure tab below.

In 1972, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program was established under authority of the federal Clean Water Act and delegated to the Division of Water Quality for implementation in North Carolina. Phase I of the NPDES stormwater program was established in 1990.  It focused on site and operations planning to reduce pollutant sources.  Phase I covered industrial activities in 10 categories, construction activities that disturbed five or more acres, and municipalities with populations of 100,000 or more that owned or operated a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) (North Carolina had six). Phase II of the program expanded permit requirements to construction disturbing an acre or more and smaller communities (< 100,000 population) and public entities that own or operate an MS4.  Phase II also expanded the option of the No Exposure Exclusion beyond the 'Light Industry' category.

NPDES Stormwater Application and Miscellaneous Forms

See the table below for various NPDES stormwater program application and other forms:

Title Forms
General Permit NOI Applications See 'General Permits' tab above
Individual Permit Application (Industrial Activities) EPA Form 1  and
Form 2F 
MS4 (Small) Individual Permit Application Phase II MS4 Application Flowchart
Application Instructions 
Small MS4 Permit Application 
Small MS4 Permit Application 
MS4 (Small) Permit by Rule Application Application Instructions 
Permit by Rule Application 
Permit by Rule Application 
MS4 Non-owner/Non-operation Certification MS4 Non-owner/Non-operation Form 
MS4 Stormwater Management Program Report Instructions for Completing Report 
No Exposure Certification No Exposure Certification Application 
No Exposure Certification Application 
Name or Ownership Change Name/Ownership Change Form
Name/Ownership Change Form
Renewal Supplement Form (Individual Permits) Renewal Supplement Form
Rescission Form Permit Rescission Form
Permit Rescission Form
Representative Outfall Status (ROS) Request ROS Request Form 
ROS Request Form
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
Certification Form (Individual Permit Renewals)
SP3 Certification Form

NPDES Stormwater General Permits

North Carolina has several different General Permits that cover stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities and construction (please note that some documents are not yet available in other formats but will be added):

General Permit Description Expiration/ Renewal Status Permit Document Notice of Intent (NOI) Application Additional Information

Contruction Activities

NCG010000
Construction Activities
for projects permitted on or after Aug. 3, 2011

Previous NCG010000 Permit    (Expired Aug. 2, 2011)

Expires
July 31, 2016
NCG010000
Permit Text
Automatic coverage if NCG010000 ground stabilization and basin designs are included in the E&SC Plan.

Technical Bulletin
Flocculent List
Construction-related 303(d) list 

NCG01 Combined Self-Monitoring Form
 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Activities
NCG020000
Mining Activities

**Instream mining activities covered by NCG520000 (NPDES)**
Expires
Dec. 31, 2014
Response to Comments
NCG020000
Permit Text

Session Law 2011-394 changes ATC requirements

NCG02 NOI
NCG02 NOI

Technical Bulletin
Flocc. List
Guidance on Monthly Monitoring Provision
Guidance on Mining & State SW Permit

NCG030000
Metal Fabrication, effective Nov 1, 2012

Prior NCG030000
expired

Expires
Oct. 31, 2017

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG030000
Permit Text

NCG03 NOI NCG03 NOI

NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

NCG050000
Apparel, Printing, Leather, Rubber
effective Jun 1, 2013

Prior NCG050000
expired

Expires
May 31, 2018

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft
NCG050000
Permit Text

Entire NCG05 Print Package with monitoring forms, etc.
NCG05 NOI NCG05 NOI

NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

 

NCG060000
Food and Kindred effective Dec 1, 2012

Prior NCG060000
expired

Expires
Oct 31, 2017

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG060000
Permit Text

NCG06 NOI
NCG06 NOI

NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

NCG070000
Stone, Clay, and Glass
effective Jun 1, 2013

Prior NCG070000
expired 

Expires
May 31, 2018

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG070000
Permit Text

Entire NCG07 Print Package with monitoring forms, etc.
NCG07 NOI NCG07 NOI NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

NCG080000
Transit and Transportation, effective Nov 1, 2012

Prior NCG080000
expired

Expires
Oct. 31, 2017

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG080000
Permit Text

NCG08 NOI NCG08 NOI

NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

Oil Spill Info.

NCG090000
Paints and Varnishes, effective Nov 1, 2012

Prior NCG090000
expired

Expires
Oct. 31, 2017

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG090000
Permit Text

NCG09 NOI NCG09 NOI

NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

NCG100000
Used Motor Vehicles, effective Nov 1, 2012

Prior NCG100000
expired

Expires
Oct. 31, 2017

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG100000
Permit Text

NCG10 NOI NCG10 NOI

NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

Oil Spill Info.

NCG110000
Treatment Works
effective Jun 1, 2013

Prior NCG110000
expired

Expires
May 31, 2018

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft
NCG110000
Permit Text

Entire NCG11 Print Package with monitoring forms, etc.
NCG11 NOI NCG11 NOI NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

NCG120000
Landfills, effective Nov 1, 2012

Prior NCG120000
expired

Expires
Oct 31, 2017

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG120000
Permit Text

NCG12 NOI NCG12 NOI

NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

NCG130000
Non-metal Waste and Scrap
effective Jun 1, 2013

Prior NCG130000
expired

Expires
May 31, 2018

Rsp to Comments/ Changes from Draft

NCG130000
Permit Text

Entire NCG13 Print Package with monitoring forms, etc.
NCG13 NOI NCG13 NOI NEW Technical Bulletin (renewal)

NCG140000
Ready-Mixed Concrete

Expires
June 30, 2016

NCG140000
Permit Text

Session Law 2011-394 changes ATC requirements

Old NCG140000
Expired June 30, 2011

NCG14 NOI NCG14 NOI

Technical Bulletin

Recycle System Permit Options & Advantages Flow Chart New!

Cover Letter to Renewal Permittees

NCG150000 Airports Expires Aug. 31, 2014 NCG150000
Permit Text
NCG15 NOI NCG15 NOI  Technical Bulletin
NCG160000
Asphalt Paving Mixtures, Blocks
Expires
Sep 30, 2014
Response to Comments
NCG160000
Permit Text
NCG16 NOI NCG16 NOI
Technical Bulletin
NCG170000
Textile Mills
Expires
Jul 31, 2014
NCG170000
Permit Text
NCG17 NOI NCG17 NOI Technical Bulletin
NCG180000
Furniture Manufacture
Expires
Aug 31, 2014
NCG180000
Permit Text
NCG18 NOI NCG18 NOI Technical Bulletin
NCG190000
Marinas and Shipbuilding
Expires
Sep. 30, 2014
Response to Comments
NCG190000
Permit Text
NCG19 NOI NCG19 NOI Technical Bulletin
NCG200000
Scrap Metal
Expires
Dec. 31, 2014
Response to Comments
NCG200000
Permit Text
NCG20 NOI NCG20 NOI Technical Bulletin
NCG210000
Timber Products

Expires
July 31, 2013
Modified effective April 1, 2011

NCG210000
Permit Text
NCG21 NOI NCG21 NOI Technical Bulletin
NCG220000
Chip Mills
Expired
Nov. 30, 2008
Will not be renewed
NCG220000
Permit Text
N/A This permit is permanently expired.  Wood Chip Mills are now covered under NCG210000.
NCG240000
Composting Operations
Expires
Sept. 30, 2016
NCG240000
Permit Text

Important Changes to ATC Requirements
NCG24 NOI
NCG24 NOI
Technical Bulletin
Pending
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
NCG230000
Small MS4 outside coastal counties
Expires
May 31, 2010
NCG230000
Permit Text
NCG23 NOI Director's Memo (2005)
Hearing Officers' Report (2005)

       

NPDES Stormwater Monitoring Forms and Documents

Below are various monitoring forms: 

Permit or Description Monitoring Form(s) Annual Summary Monitoring Report Form(s) Guidance Documents, etc.
Qualitative Monitoring
(NPDES Permits)

Qualitative Monitoring Form 
Qualitative Monitoring Form

N/A Qualitative Monitoring Guidance
Stormwater Data Monitoring Report (DMR) Form
(General Permit)
Generic DMR Form
Generic DMR Form
Generic Annual DMR Form
MS Word
Also check specific permit forms below.
Stormwater Data Monitoring Report (DMR) Form
(Individual Permit)

Generic DMR Form
Generic DMR Form

Generic Annual DMR Form
MS Word
Also check specific permit forms below.
NCG010000 Construction Permit Inspections

Example Logsheet

Combined DWQ-DEMLR Inspection Form
Combined DWQ-DEMLR Inspection Form

 

N/A Construction-related 303(d) list 
See Construction SW website
General Permits with Vehicle Maintenance SDO Monitoring Only (e.g., NCG05, NCG07, NCG11, & NCG13) SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form (Vehicle Maintenance)
Annual DMR for SPPP review only - no need to submit to DWQ.
Generic Annual DMR
Generic Annual DMR
N/A
NCG020000 Mining

**Annual reporting only, unless benchmark exceedances or limit violations.**
SW Tier 2/Exccedence DMR Form (send to RO)
SW Tier 2/Exccedence DMR Form (send to RO)
WW Limit Violation DMR Form (send to RO)
WW Limit Violation DMR Form (send to RO)
SW Annual DMR Form
SW Annual DMR Form
WW Annual DMR Form
WW Annual DMR Form
Outfall Monitoring Guidance
under development
NCG030000 Metal Fabrication

SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form

Annual DMR for SPPP review only - no need to submit to DWQ
Use Generic Annual DMR Form (MS Word)
N/A
NCG060000 Food and Kindred

SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form

Annual DMR for SPPP review only - no need to submit to DWQ
Use Generic Annual DMR Form (MS Word)
N/A
NCG080000 Transit & Transportation

SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form 

Annual DMR for SPPP review only - no need to submit to DWQ
Use Generic Annual DMR Form (MS Word)
N/A
NCG090000 Paints & Varnishes

SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form

Annual DMR for SPPP review only - no need to submit to DWQ
Use Generic Annual DMR Form (MS Word)
N/A
NCG100000 Used Motor Vehicles

SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form 

Annual DMR for SPPP review only - no need to submit to DWQ
Use Generic Annual DMR Form (MS Word)
N/A
NCG120000 Landfills

SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form 

N/A N/A
NCG140000 Ready-Mix Concrete Stormwater DMR
Stormwater DMR
Wastewater DMR
Wastewater DMR

N/A N/A
NCG150000 Airports Qualitative Monitoring
Only
N/A N/A
NCG160000 Asphalt Paving/Blocks SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form 
Annual Summary DMR Form
Annual Summary DMR Form
N/A

NCG170000 Textile Mills SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form
Annual Summary DMR Form N/A
NCG180000 Furniture Manufacture SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form
Annual Summary DMR Form N/A
NCG190000 Marinas SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form 
Annual Summary DMR Form
Annual Summary DMR Form 
N/A
NCG200000 Scrap Metal SDO DMR Form
SDO DMR Form
Annual Summary DMR Form
Annual Summary DMR Form
N/A
NCG210000 Timber SDO DMR Form N/A N/A
NCG220000 Chip Mills SDO DMR Form N/A N/A
NCG240000 Composting Operations Stormwater DMR
Stormwater DMR
Wastewater DMR
Wastewater DMR

N/A N/A

No Exposure Certification

Facilities with stormwater discharges "associated with industrial activity" may be excluded from permit coverage if industrial materials and operations are not exposed to stormwater. The facility must maintain this condition of no exposure to qualify for the permitting exclusion. If the condition changes, the facility must seek permit coverage for industrial stormwater discharge under a general or individual permit. Effective August 2010, the facility is responsible for self re-certifying annually that the no exposure condition is being maintained.

The no exposure exemption is not available for construction activities covered under the NPDES stormwater program.  See the following links for more detailed information on No Exposure:

N.C. No Exposure Application Form

No Exposure Self Re-Certification Form ♦ Self Re-Certification Information 

EPA Fact Sheet on No ExposureEPA Guidance Manual on No Exposure Exclusion

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Resources

EPA's SPPP templates and resources for the Multi-Sector General Permit (note the MSGP requirements differ from North Carolina NPDES permits, and permittees may need to modify the SPPP template accordingly.)

Oil Spill Information Sheet

Vehilce Washing Information Sheet

 

 

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