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Domestic Wastewater Permits

This page contains a brief description of activities requiring Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permits and Texas Land Application Permits (TLAP) for the disposal of domestic wastewater and its applicable rules.

The discharge of treated domestic wastewater into or adjacent to water in the state must be authorized by the TCEQ.

Domestic facilities that dispose of treated effluent by discharge into waters in the state are required to obtain a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit.

Domestic facilities that dispose of treated effluent by land application (surface irrigation, evaporation, drainfields or subsurface land application) are required to obtain a Texas Land Application Permit (TLAP) permit.

Domestic Wastewater Permits: Applicable Rules

To better understand the permitting process and how permit requirements are established in domestic wastewater permits, it helps to be familiar with the rules that govern the disposal of wastewater. The following links to the Texas Administrative Code may be helpful.

Chapter 21Exit the TCEQ
Water Quality Fees
Chapter 30Exit the TCEQ
Occupational Licenses and Registrations
Chapter 39Exit the TCEQ
Public Notice
Chapter 40Exit the TCEQ
Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedure
Chapter 50Exit the TCEQ
Action on Applications and Other Resolutions
Chapter 55Exit the TCEQ
Requests for Reconsideration and Contested Case Hearings; Public Comment
Chapter 60Exit the TCEQ
Compliance History
Chapter 80Exit the TCEQ
Contested Case Hearings
Chapter 210Exit the TCEQ
Use of Reclaimed Water
Chapter 213Exit the TCEQ
Edwards Aquifer
Chapter 217Exit the TCEQ
Design Criteria for Sewerage Systems
Chapter 222Exit the TCEQ
Subsurface Area Drip Dispersal Systems
Chapter 281Exit the TCEQ
Applications Processing
Chapter 305Exit the TCEQ
Consolidated Permits
Chapter 307Exit the TCEQ
Texas Surface Water Quality Standards
Chapter 308Exit the TCEQ
Criteria and Standards for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
Chapter 309Exit the TCEQ
Domestic Wastewater Effluent Limitation and Plant Siting
Chapter 311Exit the TCEQ
Watershed Protection
Chapter 312Exit the TCEQ
Sludge Use, Disposal and Transportation
Chapter 314Exit the TCEQ
Toxic Pollutant Effluent Standards
Chapter 315Exit the TCEQ
Pretreatment Regulations for Existing and New Sources of Pollution
Chapter 317Exit the TCEQ
Design Criteria Prior to 2008
Chapter 319Exit the TCEQ
General Regulations Incorporated into Permits
Chapter 332Exit the TCEQ
Chapter 351Exit the TCEQ

A guidance document, Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality StandardsAdobe Acrobat PDF Document (RG-194), describes how effluent limits and other requirements based on water quality standards are established in domestic wastewater discharge permits to protect surface water quality standards. (Help with PDF.)

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Forms and Documents

The document Pond Liner Frequently Asked Questions Adobe Acrobat PDF Document is now available.

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