How to Apply for an NPDES permitPermit applications for discharges to surface water must be submitted to the Permits Section in Lansing at least 180 days before the permit is needed. The application then proceeds through the standard permit review and development process.
Antidegradation applies to any NPDES action that is anticipated to result in a new or increased loading of pollutants to the surface waters of the state. Information regarding Department requirements for antidegradation can be found in the following downloadable procedure.
General information regarding the NPDES permit process can be found in the following downloadable PowerPoint presentation.
The NPDES application form and instructions can be obtained from the district office in your area. In addition, these documents can be downloaded from this web page in Microsoft Word and PDF formats.
The electronic permit application should be completed, saved, printed, and signed. The original should be sent to the Department as directed in the application. Be sure to save a copy for your records. We are not accepting electronic submittals of the application at this time.
The issuance of an NPDES permit or certificate of coverage does not authorize violation of any federal, state or local laws or regulations, nor does it obviate the necessity of obtaining such permits, including any other DEQ permits, or approvals from other units of government as may be required by law.
- Permit Application for Surface Water Discharge - Word Format
- Permit Application for Surface Water Discharge - PDF Format
- Permit Application Appendix
- Recreational Dredging Dewatering Water Dischages - Notice of Intent - WORD Format
- Recreational Dredging Dewatering Water Dischages - Notice of Intent - PDF Format
- Wastewater Stabilization Lagoon - Application Form - WORD Format
- Wastewater Stabilization Lagoon - Application Form - PDF Format
- Abbreviated Reissuance Form for General Permits - WORD Format
- Abbreviated Reissuance Form for General Permits - PDF Format
The Permit Application for Discharges to Surface Water contains a limited amount of space for reporting general information (adjacent property owners, contract laboratories, and service area), biosolids land application information, and combined sewer overflow outfalls/bypasses. In addition, there is only enough space for information about one outfall. Applicants requiring additional pages can download these extra pages below.
Extra Page: No Exposure Certification Form
Extra Page: Acute Toxicity Test Report
Extra Page: Ceriodaphnia Chronic Toxicity Test Report
Extra Page: Fathead Minnow Chronic Toxicity Test Report
Extra Page: Contract Laboratory
Extra Page: Adjacent Property Owners
Extra Page: Collection System Information
Extra Page: Significant Industrial Users
Extra Page: Biosolids Data
Extra Page: Outfall Information Industrial Table
Extra Page: Service Area Information
Extra Page: NPDES Permit Application Section I
Extra Page: NPDES Permit Application Section II
Extra Page: NPDES Permit Application Section III
Extra Page: NPDES Permit Application Section IV
Extra Page: NPDES Permit Application Section V
Extra Page: NPDES Permit Application Section VI
If you encounter any difficulties regarding the downloadable NPDES permit forms, please contact Mr. Tarek Buckmaster at 517-284-5584. Electronic inquires may be submitted by clicking on his name.