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NJPDES Permit Fees

The fee schedule is assessed in accordance with the current fee regulations found at N.J.A.C. 7:14A-3.1 (pdf) in order to cover the Department's costs to issue and manage the NJPDES program.

The Department first established a fee assessment program in 1981. Individual permit fees are based on the facility's potential environmental impact, the billing rate for the category of discharge, and the minimum fee for the category of discharge. The billing rate for each category of discharge is determined annually by subtracting the total minimum fees paid by the permittees in the category of discharge from the total budget for the category of discharge, and then dividing that value by the sum of the calculated environmental impact for all of the dischargers within the category.

The NJPDES program rules are set forth at N.J.A.C. 7:14A. All persons who wish to discharge wastewater in the state are required to obtain a NJPDES discharge permit from the Department. Pursuant to Section 9 of the State Act, the Department is authorized to "establish and charge reasonable annual administrative fees, which fees shall be based upon, and shall not exceed, the estimated cost of processing, monitoring and administering the NJPDES permits." Fees are assessed to cover the Department's costs to issue and manage NJPDES permits.

N.J.S.A. 58:10A-10 provides the Department with the authority to seek civil administrative penalties for failure to pay assessed NJPDES permit fees.

The NJPDES budget and fee schedule covers activities including:

  • the review of NJPDES permit applications;
  • the development of specific permit terms and conditions including wasteload allocations and water quality based effluent limitations;
  • stream monitoring and modeling;
  • conducting compliance and 24-hour sampling inspections;
  • ground water compliance sampling;
  • supervising the installation of ground water monitoring wells;
  • evaluating and approving ground water remediation alternatives;
  • evaluating compliance with the terms and conditions of each NJPDES permit; and
  • providing for the general administrative costs of the NJPDES program including regulatory support, data processing, and budgeting.

Questions or comments regarding NJPDES permitting fees should be directed to the Permit Administration Section.

Annual Fee Reports

Fiscal Year

Annual Fee Report (Proposed)
Notice of Annual Fee Report
Notice of Public Comment Period Extension
Notice of Adoption & Response to Comments
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