Direct Discharge Permit Section
National Discharge Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES)
The Discharge Permit Section administers the National Discharge Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES) permit program under federal delegation for discharges from individual, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities to state surface waters.
Total Nitrogen Form WR-43-TN PDF 1 page
Total Phosphorus Form WR-43-PO4 PDF 1 page
Federal Pretreatment Permit
The section also issues permits under the Federal Pretreatment Permit program for certain industrial and commercial discharges to municipal wastewater treatment facilities which may interfere with the operation of municipal treatment facilities.
General Permits for Discharges From Petroleum Related Remediation Activities
General permit 3-9004 for direct discharges to surface waters from petroleum related remediation activities first became effective October 15, 2002 and was renewed September 7, 2012.
A second general permit (3-9016) for discharges from petroleum related remediation activities into municipal wastewater treatment facilities first became effective July 1, 2009 and was renewed on April 15, 2014.
Applicants who need coverage under either general permit must apply on a special Notice of Intent (NOI) application and must satisfy a 10-day public comment requirement. The application forms and additional information may be obtained by calling 802-490-6106. The fee associated with either general permit is $120.00 per application.
General Permit 3-9004 (for direct discharges) 584 KB 11 pages PDF
This permit will expire September 30, 2017.
Question & Answer Sheet 92 KB 2 pages PDF
General Permit 3-9016 (for discharges to a wastewater treatment facility) was renewed on April 15, 2014.
519 KB 11 pages PDF
This permit will expire June 30, 2019.
Fact Sheet for General Permit 3-9016 March 2014 200 KB 3 pages
Current List of Authorizations to Discharge under General Permits 3-9004 and 3-9016
Question & Answer Sheet 85 KB 2 pages PDF
Download a Notice of Intent to apply for coverage under permit 3-9004
or this Notice of Intent to apply for coverage under permit 3-9016
Monitoring Report Form WR-43-3-9004, 31KB 1 page PDF. This form can be used for reporting under either general permit.
Submit completed report forms with original signatures to:
Administration & Compliance
Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Dr, Main Bldg, 2nd Fl
Montpelier VT 05620-3522
Note: e-mail submissions can not be accepted at this time - original signatures are required.
Application for Termination of Coverage, 20KB 1 page pdf . This form can be used to apply for termination of coverage under either general permit.
Stormwater Permit Program - Watershed Management Division
The Stormwater Permit Program, which was formerly within this section, has been moved to the Stormwater Section of the Watershed Management Division
. Permits are issued for the discharge of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots, roofs, and roads. Residential subdivisions, commercial/industrial parks and other large scale developments typically require stormwater permits depending on the size of the project and proximity to surface waters.
Rules and Regulations
Water Pollution Control Permit Regulations, Chapter 13 - Feb 1974 57KB, 35 pagesPDF
Amendment to Water Pollution Control Permit Regulations, Chapter 13.12 - October 1991 13KB, 7 pages PDF