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Tips for Completing Water Quality Permit Applications

Helpful information about water quality and wastewater permits. Deficiencies we find frequently during administrative review.

All Applications

Applications with land application of Class B Sludge

Regardless of what type of application is being submitted, if a domestic wastewater permit authorizes the permittee to land apply Class B sewage sludge on their own property, and the applicant completes the sewage sludge technical report,

  • THEN the applicant must provide an adjacent landowner map which identifies all landowners within a quarter-mile distance from the boundaries of the sludge land application site,

  • AND an additional sludge application fee (determined by application of dry tons/acre/year) must be submitted along with the water quality permit application fee.

Applicant Information

  • For All Permits, the owner of the facility must be the name shown on the permit.

  • Item 1.a. on Page 2 of the Administrative Report, the correct mailing address for the applicant should be provided, as well as the Secretary of State filing number for partnerships and the charter and tax identification numbers for corporations.

  • We verify the mailing address with the U.S. Postal ServiceExit TCEQ. Please provide the correct mailing address as shown with the U.S. Postal Service. This is the address which will appear on the permit.

  • Charter numbers are verified with the Texas Secretary of StateExit TCEQ. We also verify that the applicant's name is correct and that the partnership or corporation is currently existing and authorized to conduct business in the State of Texas.

  • Tax identification numbers are verified with the Texas State ComptrollerExit TCEQ.

  • Signature Pages

Who can sign the application?

  • Municipalities or other government entities: Only a ranking elected official or principal executive officer. Signatory authority may not be delegated to anyone else.

  • Corporation: A principal executive officer of at least the level of vice president.

  • Partnerships: A general partner as identified in the partnership agreement or a principal executive officer of at least the level of vice president.

  • Independent School Districts: At least the level of Assistant Superintendent

  • State, federal, or other public facility: A principal executive officer

  • Municipal Utility Districts: A principal executive officer or board member

  • Sole proprietorships: The proprietor

  • Individual: Only the individual

Co-permittees must also submit a signature page.

Please use blue ink when signing signature pages. It is easier to verify that the signature page contains the original signature.

USGS Topographic Maps - For all applications the following is required:

  • Full-sized, original, colored, 7.5-minute USGS topographic maps

  • Coordinates around the map

  • Applicant's property boundaries delineated on the map

  • Location of the facility within the applicant's property boundaries

  • Location of effluent disposal areas

  • Location of the point(s) of discharge (or outfalls)

  • The discharge route highlighted for three stream miles downstream from the point of discharge (Because it is important that the highlight not cover the map, use a light-colored highlighter to show the discharge route. During technical review, the stream characteristics shown on the map need to be clearly identified.)

  • For assistance with USGS maps and well locations please see our Useful Links for Completing Water Quality Applications page.

TPDES vs. TLAP

When filling out the Administrative Report of a new application, you must check a box to indicate whether the permit is "TPDES" or "TLAP." Here is how to make that determination:

  • Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permits - effluent is discharged through an outfall, or point of discharge, to a waterway, or waters of the state.

  • Texas Land Application Permit (TLAP) - effluent is disposed via evaporation, irrigation, subsurface disposal, etc.

    Note: Some TPDES permits include provisions for the permittee to use a portion of treated effluent for irrigation.

Permit Renewals

TPDES Permits

TPDES Permits Which Also Authorize Land Application of Effluent - Items 5.b. through e. on pages 5 and 6 of Administrative Report

  • If your permit is a TPDES Permit, and you are also authorized to dispose of some effluent via irrigation or other type of land application, you will need to address all items related to TLAPs.

  • This includes describing the routing of effluent from the facility to the disposal site and identifying the nearest watercourse to the disposal site.

Supplemental Permit Information Form (SPIF) - Only applications for TPDES (discharge) Permits need to have a completed SPIF.

  • Although it is included as part of the Administrative Report, the SPIF is a separate document from the application. The TCEQ must send copies of the SPIF and any attachments to other state and federal agencies, as required by agreement between the TCEQ and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • Attachments to the SPIF must be submitted separately from the attachments to the application itself. If the same document is going to be used for the application and the SPIF, you must provide a copy for the application and one for the SPIF.

Brief Technical Report Reviews for Permit Renewals for Minor Facilities

Domestic minor facilities have a flow of less than 1,000,000 gallons per day in their final phase; all industrial facilities have the same review.

  • If renewing a permit, the application should include the same flow amounts and acreage for effluent disposal authorized in the current permit.

  • For domestic permit applications, effluent analysis should be provided for all parameters shown on page 2 of the technical report, regardless of what the current permit requires for effluent analysis.

  • For domestic permit applications, if your facility is publicly owned or both publicly and privately owned, you must provide complete responses to all applicable items of Worksheet 6.0-Industrial Waste Contribution of the technical report.

  • For all TPDES permit applications, complete Worksheet 2.0-Receiving Waters for domestic facilities and Worksheet 4.0 for industrial facilities.

  • For domestic and industrial TPDES permit applications with some effluent disposal authorized in the permit, complete Worksheets 2.0 and 3.0 for domestic facilities, and Worksheet 3.0 and 4.0 for industrial facilities.

TLAP Permits

Brief Technical Report Reviews for Permit Renewals

  • If renewing a permit, the application should include the same acreage for effluent disposal authorized in the current permit.
  • For domestic permit applications, effluent analysis should be provided for all parameters shown on page 2 of the technical report, regardless of what the current permit requires for effluent analysis.
  • For domestic permit applications, if your facility is publicly owned or both publicly and privately owned, you must provide complete responses to all applicable items of Worksheet 6.0-Industrial Waste Contribution of the technical report.
  • For domestic TLAP applications, complete Worksheet 2.0-Receiving Waters
  • For domestic and industrial TLAP applications, complete Worksheet 3.0-Land Disposal of Effluent.

Major Amendment Applications

  • On Page 2 of the Administrative Report, include a detailed description of the major amendment being requested.
  • Item 5.k. on page 6 of the Administrative Report - For TPDES Permits, if effluent is to be discharged to a city, county, or state highway right-of-way, or a flood control district drainage ditch, you must provide copies of letters from the applicant to the authority requesting authorization to discharge to the right-of-way or ditch.

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New Applications

  • Always provide a completed Core Data Form. For assistance in completing the Core Data Form, please contact TCEQ Permitting and Remediation Support (formerly Central Registry) at (512) 239-5175.

  • Items 5.a. through f. on pages 5 and 6 of the Administrative Report - Provide all applicable information. Because there is not a current permit for the proposed facility, we do not have location information. Provide a location description which includes directions and distances in feet or miles from road intersections. Do not provide driving directions to the facility. Also, provide a description of the effluent discharge route, from the point of discharge to the nearest major watercourse (a classified segment as defined in 30 TAC Chapter 307).

  • Item 5.k. on page 6 of the Administrative Report - For TPDES Permits, if effluent is to be discharged to a city, county, or state highway right-of-way, or a flood control district drainage ditch, you must provide copies of letters from the applicant to the authority requesting authorization to discharge to the right-of-way or ditch.

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Affected Landowner Maps

Property Boundaries

  • Only need to delineate applicant's property boundaries, property boundaries of landowners located adjacent to the applicant's property boundaries, and property boundaries of landowners located adjacent to the discharge route.

  • For domestic wastewater permits, show the buffer zone around the wastewater treatment units. All landowners located within the buffer zone must be identified.

TPDES Permits - Point Of Discharge Or Outfalls

  • Clearly label the point(s) of discharge or outfalls.

  • Provide a scale so it is evident that landowners located adjacent to the discharge route for one full mile downstream from the point of discharge have been identified.

  • Highlight the discharge route for one full mile downstream from the point of discharge.

TLAP - Effluent Disposal Areas

All landowners located adjacent to the land where the effluent disposal area is located need to be identified.

Identifying Adjacent Landowners

 

 

All landowners identified on the map should be identified with a separate, consecutive number. Do not use lot, block, or tract numbers.