What is the New State Industrial Permit?

This Permit (called 2014-0057-DWQ) is issued through the Clean Water Act by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). It goes into effect July 1, 2015 and applies to a range of industries including manufacturing, recycling, transportation and landfill activities.

Industrial Storm Water Compliance Workshop

Learn about the new Industrial General Permit. For more information click here.

Why Do We Have this Permit?

Storm water runoff from industrial facilities can carry harmful pollutants (oils, metals, chemicals, etc.) into our city’s storm drain network, where the runoff goes directly into creeks, rivers and the ocean without treatment. The goal of this permit is to ensure that measures are taken to prevent pollution. Compliance with the Permit can also provide protection against third party lawsuits.

Who Is Covered by the Permit?

Facilities that require Permit coverage fall under one of the categories listed in Attachment A of the Permit.

What are the types of coverage?

There are 2 main options. See the table below:

NEC-Notice of Exclusion Certification 

NOI- Notice of Intent

When your industrial activities and materials:

are NOT exposed to storm water

ARE exposed to storm water

Submit NEC form, checklist, site map

Submit NOI form, site map, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

Current annual fee $242

Current annual fee $1,791

Needs to be filed by October 1, 2015

Needs to be filed by August 14, 2015



What Do I Have to Do to Comply?

To begin, create an account on smarts.waterboards.ca.gov. Next, register your business, upload the Permit Registration Documents (PRDs) and pay the annual fee. Check the Water Board’s website for additional requirements.

How Can I Reduce the Costs Associated with Compliance?

Contact your trade organization to see if an applicable compliance group is being formed in your area. Compliance groups share resources, such as a qualified person overseeing the program and access to training, which could reduce costs to individual businesses.

What is the City’s Role in This?

The City of Escondido helps to make local business owners aware of this regulation. The City is required to notify state regulators of any business operating within its jurisdiction that it believes has not obtained the coverage required by the State Industrial Permit.

Where Can I Get More Information?
Helpful Tools.

Visit Water Board's Toolbox page for To-Do lists and brochures for No Exposure Certificates in English and in Spanish.