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State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit Program


New York is rich in surface and groundwater resources. Article 17 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) entitled "Water Pollution Control" was enacted to protect and maintain these valuable resources. Article 17 authorized creation of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) program to maintain New York's waters with reasonable standards of purity.

The SPDES program is designed to eliminate the pollution of New York waters and to maintain the highest quality of water possible-- consistent with:

  • public health
  • public enjoyment of the resource
  • protection and propagation of fish and wildlife
  • industrial development in the state

New York's SPDES program has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the control of surface wastewater and stormwater discharges in accordance with the Clean Water Act. However, the SPDES program is broader in scope than that required by the Clean Water Act as it controls point source discharges to groundwaters as well as surface waters.

2015 SPDES Priority Ranking List

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is providing the Environmental Benefit Permit Strategy (EBPS) priority rankings list (PDF) (569 KB) in conformance with section 17-0817(6) of the Environmental Conservation Law. The lists are based on a ranking system that prioritizes permits for full technical review and, when necessary, modification. For additional information on EBPS, please refer to TOGS 1.2.2.

Access to SPDES Permits

This website is intended to enable interested parties to view and print issued State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Individual and Multi-Sector General (MSGP) Permits (link leaves DEC website.) All permits are provided as PDFs.
The permits and other facility documents are public information that can be found in this website. The documents are filed in individual facility folders that are organized geographically according to the DEC Regions. There is a Readme file and two Index files to assist the users in locating the permits and documents that they are looking for. Please read the Readme file first before you begin your search.

Annual Fees For SPDES Permits

While no application fees are charged for review of permit applications, the Department assesses permittees for annual Environmental Regulatory Program Fees based on the type of facility, the type of authorization, and the discharge volume. In accordance with Article 72, Title 6 of the Environmental Conservation Law, fees for SPDES permits are:

Table 1 for SPDES General Permit Fees
Type Fees (per year)
MSGP $110
Aquatic Pesticides General Permit $110
PCI (to groundwater) $110
CAFO (Medium or Large) $50
Construction $110
Construction - one time initial authorization fee $110 per disturbed acre and
$675 per future impervious acre
Table 2 for SPDES Individual Permit Fees
Capacity Fee (per year)
Industrial Less than 10,000 gpd $675
10,000 - 99,999 gpd $2,300
100,000 - 499,999 gpd $6,700
500,000 - 999,999 gpd $22,500
1,000,000 - 9,999,999 gpd $33,500
10,000,000 gpd or more $56,000
Municipal Less than 200,000 gpd $425
200,000 - 999,999 gpd $2,000
1,000,000 - 4,999,999 gpd $8,000
5,000,000 - 39,999,999 gpd $15,500
40,000,000 gpd or more $38,500
Institutional (PCI)
Less than 100,000 gpd $330
100,000 gpd or more $675
Power Plant any size $56,000
Ballast Dischargers Less than 1,000,000 gals.
in any 24 hr. period
1,000,000 gals. or more
in any 24 hr. period

Disclaimer : When the fees indicated in the NYSDEC regulations or the above table are not consistent with those contained in the ECL, the annual fees indicated in the ECL shall prevail.

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