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Municipal 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 municipal domestic wastewater and 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.

Municipal 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 Composting
Chapter 351Exit the TCEQ Regionalization

A guidance document can be found here which 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.

Contact the Water Quality Division if you have questions.