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Industrial Facilities

This page contains steps for obtaining coverage under the Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000). This general permit authorizes the discharge of stormwater from certain industrial facilities.

How do I obtain authorization under this permit?

Before discharging regulated stormwater into any water in the state of Texas, you must:

  1. Review your facility's compliance history ranking:

    • If your facility has no compliance history ranking or has a ranking of "high" or "satisfactory," continue to Step 2.

    • If it is "unsatisfactory," then your facility is not eligible for coverage under a general permit. You must apply for an individual permit instead.

  2. Read General Permit TXR050000Adobe Acrobat PDF Document to make sure it applies to your situation. (Help with PDF.)

  3. Prepare and implement a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWP3) if you do not already have one. For more details, see Part III of the general permitAdobe Acrobat PDF Document.

  4. Submit an original completed Notice of Intent (NOI) form with an original signature and fee as noted on the NOI. You have three options:

    1. both the NOI and fee payment electronically through STEERS

    2. the NOI on paper Microsoft Word Document and the fee payment online via ePay

    Provisional coverage under this general permit begins:

    • Paper NOIs: seven (7) days after the completed NOI is postmarked for mail delivery to the TCEQ

    • Electronic NOIs: immediately upon receiving written confirmation of coverage from TCEQ after the completed NOI is submitted electronically using STEERS

    After TCEQ review of an NOI submitted via paper, you will receive one of the following:

    • A Notice of Deficiency, in which case you will have 30 days to respond.

    • An Acknowledgment Letter acknowledging your coverage under this general permit.

    • A Denial Letter informing you that coverage has been denied (usually the result of information requested in a Notice of Deficiency letter not being fully provided).

    If your NOI is submitted electronically you will receive one of the following:

    • An Acknowledgment Letter acknowledging immediately.

    • Notification that the NOI has been routed for additional review by the stormwater program and is pending approval.

    • A Denial Letter informing you that coverage has been denied (usually the result of not meeting applicability requirements).

    With the electronic NOI you typically will not receive a Notice of Deficiency (NOD) or denial letter because the system is automated and verifies your information as you fill out the form.

    Once I have authorization, what am I required to do?

    After obtaining coverage under this general permit, you must:

    • Adhere to the requirements of the Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000)Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

    • Monitor your stormwater discharges to determine compliance with the numeric effluent limitations included in the Multi-Sector General Permit (TXR050000)Adobe Acrobat PDF Document, record the results on an EPA Discharge Monitoring Report Form, a duplicate of that form, or a self-generated form that is comparable, and retain the form on site.

      NOTE: Effective December 21, 2016, analytical results for determining compliance with effluent limitations shall be submitted online using the NetDMR reporting system available through the TCEQ website unless the permittee requests and obtains an electronic reporting waiver. Permittees that are issued an electronic reporting waiver shall submit analytical results to the TCEQ Enforcement Division (MC-224) on an approved paper DMR form (EPA No. 3320-1).

      You may be eligible for a waiver from the hazardous metal monitoring requirements as described in the general permit. In order to obtain this waiver, you must fill out the Hazardous Metals Annual Monitoring ExclusionAdobe Acrobat PDF Document form, and either maintain the form on site or have it available for review upon request.

    • Perform quarterly visual monitoring at each outfall.

    • Perform periodic inspections of the controls and measures included in the SWP3 (at least quarterly unless otherwise specified in the permit) and an annual comprehensive site compliance inspection to determine the effectiveness of the SWP3.

    • Submit a Notice of TerminationMicrosoft Word Document (NOT) when all discharges authorized by the permit are eliminated or when the operator changes:

      • If the NOI was submitted via paper or electronically, you may submit the NOT either via paper or electronically.

      • If you submit your NOT electronically you will receive your NOT Confirmation letter immediately after submitting through eAuthorization.

      • If you submit your NOT via paper, the NOT will be reviewed and the NOT Confirmation letter will mailed.

    • If the operator changes, the new operator must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) and the present operator must submit a Notice of Termination (NOT). This NOI and this NOT must be submitted at least 10 days before the change.

    • If you are discharging to an MS4, you must submit a copy of each of these items to the operator of that system at the same time you submit the item to the TCEQ:

      • Notice of Intent (NOI)

      • Notice of Change (NOC)

      • Notice of Termination (NOT)

    • Pay the annual Water Quality Fee. As long as your coverage under the general permit is active on September 1st of each year, you will receive an invoice for this fee which is $200 each year.

    Even if this general permit applies to your situation, you may opt to request coverage under an individual permit.

    You can view some of the relevant Rules for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Facilities.

    Contact us if you have questions.