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General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


General Questions

I sent my Notice of Intent (NOI)/Notice of Termination (NOT) several weeks ago but have not heard anything back from DEP.  Will I receive a reply?

Yes, if we received your NOI/NOT our goal is to process it within 2 weeks and send you a confirmation letter or request additional information if necessary. 

For the status of your NOI/NOT, please call the NPDES Stormwater Notices Center at (866) 336-6312 (Toll Free).

If I choose to file using paper, where do I send my NOI/NOT?

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
NPDES Stormwater Notices Center, Mail Station #3585
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

Is there a fee?  What is the fee for coverage under generic permits?

Fees are set forth in Rule 62-4, F.A.C.

MSGP NOI = $500
CGP Large Construction = $400
CGP Small Construction = $250
NOT = $0
No Exposure Certification = $200
Phase II MS4GP - varies

How can I pay the fee?  Do you accept credit cards?

Visa or MasterCard are accepted if you use iNOI.

If you are submitting a paper NOI, fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to: Florida Department of Environmental Protection. We cannot accept credit card payments for paper applications at this time.

** Note: Special provisions are made for other State of Florida agencies for funds transfers. **

Can I file my notice electronically?

Yes, the Department’s Interactive Notice of Intent (iNOI) is a web-based application that allows you to complete, edit and submit NOTs, MSGP, CGP and NEX NOIs online.

How do I determine the “receiving waters” for my facility/site?

Refer to www.topozone.com to obtain a map with nearby water bodies identified.

What is a “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System”?

A Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System or MS4 is defined in Rule 62-624.200(8), F.A.C., as follows:

Municipal separate storm sewer or MS4 means a conveyance or system of conveyances like roads with stormwater systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, constructed channels, or storm drains:

  1. Owned or operated by a State, city, town, county, special district, association, or other public body (created by or pursuant to State Law) having jurisdiction over management and discharge of stormwater, or an Indian tribe or an authorized Indian tribal organization, that discharges to waters of the state;
  2. Designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater;
  3. Which is not a combined sewer; and
  4. Which is not part of a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).  POTW means any device or system used in the treatment of municipal sewage or industrial wastes of a liquid nature which is owned by a “State” or “municipality.”  This definition includes sewers, pipes, or other conveyances only if they convey wastewater to a POTW providing treatment.

Under the discharge information section of the NOI for the CGP and MSGP, what do I enter for “MS4 Operator Name” and “Receiving Water Name”?

If stormwater discharges to an MS4, indicate the name of the municipality, county, or other public body (e.g., Department of Transportation, etc.) that operates the MS4.  For instance, Duval County MS4, Tampa MS4, FDOT District VI MS4, Miami-Dade County MS4, Tallahassee MS4, etc.

If stormwater does not discharge to an MS4, but rather discharges to surface waters of the State, indicate the route and name of the first named waterbody that receives the discharge.  For instance, unnamed ditch to Catfish Creek, Redfish Bay, Gar Slough, unnamed canal to Sunfish Pond, etc.   

How long is my permit coverage valid?

Permit coverage, for generic permits, is valid for five years from your effective date of coverage or until you submit a Notice of Termination.

Can I use Senate Bill 360 to extend my NPDES Stormwater Permit for another two years?

No, Senate Bill 360 applies exclusively to certain permits issued under part IV of chapter 373, F.S. which governs the Environmental Resources Permitting (ERP) program. The law does not apply to any other part of chapter 373 or any other law governing DEP or water management district programs.

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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