Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process?

Applications submitted to the Non-Discharge Branch are required by G.S. 143-215.1 to be reviewed within 90 calendar days upon receipt. If the application is not complete with all required information, the applicant shall be advised how the application or accompanying supporting information may be modified to make it acceptable or complete in an additional information request letter. If all required information is not submitted within 30 days, the project will be returned to the applicant as incomplete. If all required information is submitted per the additional information request letter, the 90-day processing period begins on the date the additional information is received.

How do I pay the annual fee?

Please go to the Fee page.

How do I rescind a permit?

If the non-discharge system has not been constructed, or if it is no longer active, you may request to rescind your permit. By rescinding your permit, all overdue annual fees will be waived; however, if in the future you wish again to operate the subject non-discharge system, you must first apply for and receive a new wastewater irrigation permit. Permits can be rescinded by sending an e-mail to Nathaniel Thornburg explaining the reason for rescinding. 

How do I change the Permittee and/or Billing address?

Contact Antoine Pope in the billing department. 

What application forms do I need?

Please see the Application Forms page


What is the timeline for receiving my permit?

        Application Review Process (15A NCAC 02T .0107):

  • Mail application (including fee if required) to Non-Discharge Branch

  • Staff acknowledges receipt of a complete application by mail

  • The 90-day processing period (G.S 143-215.1 and 15A NCAC 02T .0108) begins upon receipt of corrected or complete application with required suporting information.

  • If an application is found to be incomplete, the application is advised how the application or accompanying supporting information may be modified to make it acceptable or complete. The staff shall advise the applicant by mail that all required information is not submitted within 30 days, the project wil be returned as incomplete. Any resubmittal of returned application must be accompanied with new application fee.

  • Each time the application is resubmitted, the 90 day processing period rebegins.

  • Prior to final permit approval, draft permits are e-mailed to the regional staff and then to the applicant for comments.

  • Upon Approval, the signed permit (and one set of approved plans and specifications for new permits and permit modifications) are mailed to the applicant. A copy of the signed permit is e-mailed to the applicant and consultant engineer.

  • If any parts, requirements or limitations contained in this permit are unacceptable, the Permittee has the right to request and adjudicatory hearing upon written request within 30 days following receipt of this permit. This request shall be in the form of a written petition, conforming to Chapter 150B of the Noth Carolina General Statutes, and filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings at 6714 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-6714. Unless such demands are made, this permit shall be final and binding.   


What kind of permit do I need?

To find information regarding other types of wastewater permits (subsurface, discharge, waste management, etc.), contact the Environmental Assistance and Customer Service Division.

How do I renew my existing permit?

Please go to the Application Forms page. There is no additional fee for renewal applications- Only the yearly annual fee.

Please see Fee page for more information. 

Where do I mail the permit application?

By U.S. Postal Service:

Division of Water Resources- Non-Discharge Branch

1617 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1617

By Courier/Special Delivery:  

Division of Water Resources- Non-Discharge Branch

Att: Nathaniel Thornburg- 9th Floor, Office #942X

512 N. Salisbury St. Raleigh, NC 27604