Applying for an Individual Permit
A facility typically starts the application process by requesting, in writing, a “Pre-Application Meeting” from the BNPC. The BNPC will then coordinate a meeting between BNPC, the facility representatives, as well as any other necessary staff of the Department that may need to address their program concerns. Typically, staff of Bureau of Watershed Management (Planning), Bureau of Ground Water, Residuals, and Permit Administration and the Treatment Works Approval Permits may be in attendance.
Once the facility representatives
have met with the Department, the facility may then
submit the necessary checklists, forms, technical
report, maps and for the Department’s review.
These documents may be downloaded from table below.
It is highly recommended those new to the application
process look at the Ground Water Permitting Checklist
for an overview of what materials are required for
Related Documents, Publications and Forms
The review is a two step process that includes an Administrative
Review and a Technical Review.Once an application
is deemed “Administratively Complete”
and “Technically Complete,” the assigned
case manager will craft the individual permit to
the needs of both the Department’s regulations,
as well as the specific needs of the facility.
Once a permit document is crafted, it undergoes
an internal review between the applicable programs
within the Department. Upon completion of
the internal review, the facility may receive a
“pre-draft” of the permit document to
The permit document is then published
in the DEP Bulletin, a publication available both
electronically and in hard copy for a thirty (30)
day public comment period. Once the public
comment period expires, any concerns, corrections,
or issues must be resolved prior to the permit document
being finalized. In some cases, if significant
comments are received on the draft document, the
Department may hold a public hearing for additional
Once all public comments have
been addressed as an attachment to the final permit,
the permit document is then released to the facility.
A facility may then be required to obtain a Treatment
Works Approval (TWA) from the Treatment Works Approval Permits in order to construct the proposed treatment works
prior to the start of operations.