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- ARE YOU SURE YOU NEED AN INDIVIDUAL PERMIT? For eligible projects, the construction general permit is usually the preferred permitting option, especially from the standpoint of the length of time required to obtain permit coverage. However, if you are not eligible for the construction general permit, either because the permit does not cover your class of construction activity or you cannot meet the other eligibility conditions, there is an individual permit application option available.
- WHEN DO I APPLY? Apply for the permit at least 90 days
before you start earth disturbing activities. CAUTION: While 90
days is the regulatory requirement, permit issuance can take much
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- HOW LONG AFTER I APPLY WILL I GET MY PERMIT? Unlike the
construction general permit, which has already gone through the
general permit issuance process and can therefore provide coverage
in as little as 2 days, an individual permit application is the
first step in what can be a lengthy individual permit issuance process.
EPA will begin work on your permit as soon as Agency resources and priorities allow. The draft permit will be developed, sent out for public comment, any required consultations under the Endangered Spacious Act and/or National Historic Preservation Act initiated, certification from the State requested, and after all this, a final permit decision and response to comments will be prepared.
Please be aware that more complicated or controversial permits can take a substantial amount of time to issue. By filing your application 90 days prior to starting construction, you have met your obligation to apply for the permit. Since you do not actually have authorization to discharge until your permit is actually issued, you may wish to apply well in advance.
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- HOW DO I APPLY?
- Fill out Standard Form 1 (basic operator and facility information).
- Attach a narrative description of the following information
from 40 CFR §122.26(c)(1)(ii). Note that there is no "form"
for this information:
(A) The location (including a map) and the nature of the
(B) The total area of the site and the area of the site that is
expected to undergo excavation during the life of the permit;
(C) Proposed measures, including best management practices, to
control pollutants in storm water discharges during construction,
including a brief description of applicable State and local erosion and sediment control requirements;
(D) Proposed measures to control pollutants in storm water
discharges that will occur after construction operations have been
completed, including a brief description of applicable State or local
erosion and sediment control requirements;
(E) An estimate of the runoff coefficient of the site and the
increase in impervious area after the construction addressed in the
permit application is completed, the nature of fill material and
existing data describing the soil or the quality of the discharge; and
(F) The name of the receiving water.
- Submit your application to:
Water Quality Protection Division
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6
1445 Ross Ave., Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75202-2733
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