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Exception Request

Outlines when it is appropriate to request an exception from provisions of the Edwards Aquifer rules and the forms that are required.

Under what circumstances is an exception request appropriate?

You may request an exception from any or all of the substantive provisions of the Edwards Aquifer rules. Two examples include:

  • an activity that does not involve construction, but does include minor soil disturbance and stabilization.
  • an exception from submitting a water pollution abatement plan because your site has been developed before, and you plan on adding a negligible increase in impervious cover.

As part of your request, you must provide evidence that water quality will be protected.

We cannot grant an exception for a prohibited activity (30 TAC 213.8 Exit the TCEQ) such as new feedlots or waste disposal wells on the recharge zone.

Under what circumstances is an exception request not necessary?

Some types of exception requests are appropriate elements of the plan application, so you do not need to make a separate exception request for things such as:

  • a request to use innovative technology as your permanent best management practice;
  • to use an existing geologic assessment for your application; or
  • a variance from the minimum or maximum flow rate for sewage lines for your organized sewage collection system plan.

When should an exception request be submitted?

The request must go through the application submission and review process and be approved prior to the commencement construction or other regulated activities.

How much is the fee?

The fee for each exception request is $500. For additional information on fees, view the Application Fee Form (TCEQ-0574), which includes a complete fee schedule.

How do I know what forms to complete?

The forms listed below are grouped by Recharge and Transition Zones or Contributing Zone. Use the applicable forms to prepare your exception request.

Are there any tips for completing this request?

Do not leave any questions unanswered. If a question does not apply to your site, enter “N/A” in the blank and briefly explain why the question does not apply.

 

Forms - Recharge and Transition Zone

The following forms are required when requesting an exception in the Recharge or Transition Zones of the Edwards Aquifer.

General Information

Geologic Assessment (if applicable)

Recharge and Transition Zone Exception Request

Temporary Stormwater Section (if applicable)

Permanent Stormwater Section (if applicable)

Agent Authorization

  • Form (TCEQ-0599), if application submitted by agent

Application Fee

  • Form (TCEQ-0574)
  • Check payable to the “Texas Commission on Environmental Quality”

Core Data Form

 

Forms - Contributing Zone

The following forms are required when requesting an exception in the Contributing Zone of the Edwards Aquifer.

Contributing Zone Exception Request

Agent Authorization

  • Form (TCEQ-0599), if application submitted by agent

Application Fee

  • Form (TCEQ-0574)
  • Check payable to the “Texas Commission on Environmental Quality”

Core Data Form

Who can I contact if I need help?

If you have any questions about whether you need an exception request, contact the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program staff in your local regional office.

If you are located in Williamson, Travis, or Hays County, call the TCEQ’s Austin Regional Office at 512-339-2929. For help in Comal, Bexar, Medina, Uvalde, or Kinney County, call TCEQ’s San Antonio Regional Office at 210-490-3096.

Program Updates

Change to the Administrative Review Process
Beginning Nov. 1, 2014, the Application Submission and Review process will change for EAPP applications. Important information

Public Meetings

The TCEQ is holding its annual public hearings to receive comments about protecting the Edwards Aquifer from pollution. There will be a meeting in Austin and one in San Antonio:

Dec. 16, 2014, Austin
Dec. 17, 2014, San Antonio

Important information