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Program for Industrial Activity - Permit Options & Requirements

Two types of NPDES industrial stormwater permits, generic and individual, are available to operators of regulated industrial facilities, as explained below.

Generic Permit

The majority of industrial activities requiring an NPDES stormwater permit will likely qualify for an NPDES general permit, known in Florida as a "generic" permit. A generic permit is a general permit issued by DEP under the authority of Section 403.0885, Florida Statutes (F.S.), which is the provision authorizing the State to implement the NPDES program.In October 2000, Florida adopted under Rule 62-621.300(5)(a), F.A.C. the Federal stormwater multi-sector general permit for industrial activities (comprising the original September 29, 1995 issuance and subsequent corrections/modifications) and operates the permit as the State of Florida Multi-Sector Generic Permit for Stormwater Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity (MSGP) (note: this link provides a downloadable version of the MSGP by sector).

The MSGP divides the regulated industrial activities into 30 sectors of related activity and specifies both general and sector-specific requirements for each. In brief, the MSGP requires:

To obtain NPDES stormwater permit coverage, a regulated industrial operator must complete the following steps:

  1. Read the applicable general and sector-specific permit language.
  2. Develop and implement a SWPPP.
  3. Complete an NOI online using iNOI, or with a paper form NOI (46.1KB) | Word (62.0KB)
  4. If you complete a paper NOI, submit it along with an application fee of $500 to the NPDES Stormwater Notices Center. The Notices Center will send an acknowledgement letter upon receiving and processing the complete NOI and fee.

Acknowledgement letters for permits resulting from iNOI will be issued by email.

The fee is required by Rule 62-4.050(4)(d)(2), F.A.C. (159KB), which should be referred to before fee submission to confirm that the fee has not changed. Make checks payable to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  1. Re-apply for coverage every five years.

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding generic permits and the MSGP, in particular.

Individual Permit

Stormwater discharges from industrial activities that are not eligible for a generic permit must be covered under an individual permit with requirements specific to the facility (as specified under Chapter 62-620, F.A.C. (142KB)) Applications for individual NPDES stormwater permits for industrial activities, excluding steam electric power plants, should be sent to the Industrial Wastewater Section of the appropriate DEP regulatory district office. Individual NPDES stormwater permit applications for steam electric power plants should be sent to DEP's Industrial Wastewater Section in Tallahassee. The individual NPDES permit applications require the submission of the following forms:

NPDES Stormwater Permitting Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3585
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
Phone: (850) 245-7522
Phone: (866) 336-6312 (toll-free)
Email: NPDES-stormwater@dep.state.fl.us

Last updated: November 17, 2016

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