Permitting Applications

NPDES Individual Permit Applications

Renewing your existing permit?

Federal [40 CFR 122] and State [15A NCAC 02H .0105(3)] regulations require that permit renewal application be submitted at least 180 days prior to expiration of the current permit. To find out when your permit renewal application is due, check this table: Click Here

List of Individual Permits

Applying for a NEW permit or expansion?

All new and expanding facilities MUST submit an Engineering Alternatives Analysis (EAA) with any required application(s).

Major Municipal: Any permit with a permitted flow > 1.0 MGD, a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) that administers a POTW pretreatment program, or a publicly-owned industrial waste treatment works that has a high toxic pollutant potential (see EPA Ratings Sheet).

Major Non-Municipal: Any permit with a score of 80 or higher on the EPA Ratings Sheet.

If you are not sure whether your facility is a major or minor, please contact the NPDES Permitting Units.


* Please send 1 original and 2 copies of your application. Checks may be made payable to NC DEQ. *

Please note: All EPA applications below have been updated. As of February 1, 2020, please discard any previous versions and use the updated forms below. Tips for filling out the new application forms can be found here. If you completed an application prior to Feburary 1, 2020, please complete this form and attach it as an addendum to your application.

As required by Session Law 2018-5, Senate Bill 99, Section 13.1(r)), every applicant shall submit documentation of any additional pollutants for which there are certified methods with the permit application if their discharge is anticipated. These pollutants may be found in 40 CFR Part 136, which is incorporated by reference. If there are additional pollutants with certified methods to be reported, please submit the Chemical Addendum to NPDES Application table with your application and, if applicable, list the selected certified analytical method used. If there are no additional pollutants to report, this form is not required to be included with your application.

Chemical Addendum to NPDES Application

Municipal POTW 

  • Application Check List
  • EPA Form 1: Municipal POTW (for reference only)
  • One (1) of the following:
    • NC Form A: Municipal POTW with Design Flow < 0.1 MGD and NO Pretreatment
    • EPA Form 2A: Municipal POTW with Design Flow > 0.1 MGD -OR- having pretreatment programs

100% Domestic

  • NC Form D: Privately Owned, 100% Domestic Facilities with Design Flow < 1.0 MGD

Industrial, Manufacturing and Commercial Facilities

  • EPA Form 1: Major and Minor Industrial Facilities, plus one (1) of the following:

    • EPA Form 2C: Existing facilities that discharge process wastewater

    • EPA Form 2D: New facilities that discharge process wastewater

    • EPA Form 2E: New and existing facilities that discharge non-process wastewater

  • EPA Form 2F: Major industrial facilities with stormwater outfalls MUST fill this out for each stormwater outall covered by an NPDES permit

Water Treatment Plants and Other Facilities

  • NC Form C-WTP: Water Treatment Plants (Reverse Osmosis and Ion Exchange discharging < 0.030 MGD, and all Greensand and Conventional)

  • EPA Form 1: Water Treatment Plants (Reverse Osmosis and Ion Exchange discharging ≥ 0.030 MGD), plus one (1) of the following:

  • NC Form C-GW: Groundwater Remediation (For Solvents) *

  • NC Form C-Seafood: Seafood Processors

  • EPA Form 1 and EPA Form 2B: Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production Facilities (CAAP facilities are required to complete EPA Form 1 and Sections 1, 7, and 8 of EPA Form 2B)

* Note: Refer to general permits for petroleum-based groundwater remediation.