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Surface Water Discharges

Will you be discharging Municipal or Industrial wastewater to the surface water (ocean, river, stream, lake, etc.)? New discharges or expansions of existing discharges also require a Water Quality Management Plan Amendment. Please contact your regional watershed bureau to obtain further plan amendment information.

This activity requires a New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit. Find out what you need and who to contact by accessing the links below:


Ground Water Discharges

Will you be discharging more than 2,000 gallons per day of sanitary wastewater to ground water (discharges include subsurface disposal systems such as septic systems, injection/recharge wells, or by overland flow)?

Will you be discharging industrial wastewater to ground water in any quantity?

Will you be discharging to ground water using any of the following activities or structures? Spray irrigation, overland flow, infiltration/percolation lagoon, surface impoundment, subsurface disposal system, landfill, upland CDF (dredge spoils)?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will need a Ground Water Discharge NJPDES permit. Find out what you need and who to contact my accessing the links below:


Alternate Design Septic Systems

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Fifty or More Realty Improvements

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Stormwater Discharge Permits

Is your facility assigned one of the following standard industrial classification (SIC) codes? (click arrow below)

(To determine your SIC Code see the box "Industry Code" on your NJ Dept. of Labor Quarterly Contribution Report.) Click here to view an index of all SIC codes.

OR

Is your facility one of the following?

  • (a) Hazardous waste storage, treatment, or disposal facility (including those interim or permitted under Subtitle D of RCRA)
  • (b) Landfill, land application site, or open dump that receives or has received any industrial waste
  • (c) Steam electric power generating station
  • (d) Treatment works treating domestic sewage or sewage sludge for a population of greater than 100,000 people
  • (e) Construction activity including clearing, grading, and excavation which disturbs 5 acres or more of land, or is part of a single plan of development or sale that is greater than 5 acres
  • (f) Subject to stormwater effluent limitation guidelines, new source performance standards, or toxic pollutant effluent standards
OR

If you have one of the following SIC Codes, does stormwater come in contact, in any way, with material handling equipment or activities, raw materials, products, industrial machinery or waste products: (Click arrow below.)

(To determine your SIC Code see the box "Industry Code" on your NJ Dept. of Labor Quarterly Contribution Report.) Click here to view an index of all SIC codes.

If your facility meets any of the above conditions, you must apply for a permit to discharge stormwater to the surface waters of the state unless:

(i) All your stormwater from the site is discharged to a sanitary or combined sewer (one that carries sanitary wastewater and stormwater to a municipal treatment plant).

OR

(ii) All of your stormwater on or leaving the site, soaks into the ground.

OR

(iii) The facility has an existing NJPDES permit for all of its discharges of stormwater to surface water.

OR

(iv) All industrial activity has ceased and no "significant material" remains exposed to stormwater.

If exemptions (i) or (iv) above are met, or a SIC facility (identified in this section's drop down menu) has no exposure of industrial materials or activities to stormwater, then a non-applicability form (.pdf) must be submitted.

If a permit is required, find out what you need and who to contact by accessing the links below:


 Discharge to Sewage Treatment Plant

Will the project involve the discharge of industrial/commercial wastewater, either along or combined with sanitary sewage, to a sewage treatment plant?


If "Yes," go to the next question.

Is the sewage treatment plant publicly owned?


If "yes" continue with the following questions - If "no," contact the Bureau of Surface Water Permitting.

Is the sewage treatment plant operated by a delegated agency (DLA)?
(Click arrow below to view list)

  • If "Yes," contact the DLA to determine if a permit is required.
  • If "no," does your facility meet any criterion in the definition of SIU?
  • If "yes," you need a permit from the Division of Water Quality (Note: Some non-DLAs may have additional requirements and should also be contacted directly.)

If a permit is required, find out what you need and who to contact by accessing the links below:


 Wastewater Treatment Residuals

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, a NJPDES permit will be required.

Will the project involve land application of residuals in New Jersey?

Will the project involve processing of residuals and distribution of marketable residual product from processes such as composting, alkaline stabilization, heat drying, or pelletization in New Jersey?

Will the project involve the use of phragmites reed beds for residuals management?

Will the project involve the storage and/or transfer of customer residuals?

Will the project involve the distribution and land application of food processing residuals and/or food processing vegetative waste in New Jersey?

Will the project involve the distribution and land application of water treatment or other industrial residuals?

If a permit is required, find out what you need and who to contact by accessing the links below:


 Wastewater Treatment Plants

Will you be constructing a new wastewater treatment plant or upgrading an existing one?

New plant or upgrades to expand treatment capacity - these activities require both a Treatment Works Approval and a NJPDES permit. Find out what you need and who to contact by accessing the links below:

All new treatment plants or plant expansions require a determination by the Office of Environmental Planning to assure there are no conflicts with Statewide and Areawide Water Quality Plans. To find out more about these consistency determinations access the Division of Watershed Management web site.


Wastewater Conveyance Systems

If you answer "yes" to any of the following activities, you will need a Treatment Works Approval.

Does your project involve the construction or upgrade of wastewater conveyance facilities (sewer extensions, pumping stations, force mains, holding tanks, and various treatment plant components)?

Will your project involve any one of the following?

  • Gravity or pumped connection serving more than two buildings (See Plan A), or a design flow exceeding 8,000 gpd (See Plan B)
  • Construction of a sewer along an easement through more than two properties (See Plan C), a roadway, or Public Right-of-Way (See Plan D)
  • Operation of a municipal wastewater collection system (sanitary)
  • Construction/operation of a wastewater holding tank or a flow equalization tank

Find out what you need and who to contact by accessing the links below:

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