A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

NPDES Industrial Storm Water General Permits

Industrial General Permit

This is the 2017 Industrial General Permit. Georgia EPD will begin accepting Notices of Intent and No Exposure Exclusion forms with permit reissuance on June 1, 2017. Georgia EPD is moving to online form submittal. Please register for the Georgia EPD Online System (GEOS; http://epd.georgia.gov/geos/) prior to June in preparation for renewal of coverage. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Loudermilk (404-651-8542; dan.loudermilk@dnr.ga.gov) or Anna Truszczynski (404-651-8548; anna.truszczynski@dnr.ga.gov).

Renewing Coverage Under the 2017 IGP

The 2017 NPDES General Permit No. GAR050000 for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (2017 IGP) will be effective June 1, 2017. This is the replacement permit for the 2012 IGP (GAR050000) which expires on May 31, 2017. The new general permit expires on May 31, 2022.

The 2017 forms (Notice of Intent, No Exposure Exclusion, Notice of Termination and Annual Report Forms) will available through the GEOS Portal starting June 1. Older versions of these forms will not be accepted.You will not be able to submit the 2017 NOI/NEE until June 1. If you have questions regarding GEOS, please review this help document: Industrial Stormwater GEOS Guide.

EXISTING Industrial General Permit

The 2012 NPDES General Permit No. GAR050000 for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (2012 IGP) was issued April 16, 2012. This is the replacement permit for the 2006 IGP (GAR000000) which expired on July 31, 2011. The new general permit became effective on June 1, 2012. This permit expires on May 31, 2017.

This 2-page trifold brochure presents a brief summary of permit requirements and is a good place for new permittees to start becoming familiar with the industrial stormwater permit, and a good reminder of the overall requirements in general.

EPD's Industrial Facility Inspection Form

EPD conducts between 50 and 100 inspections per year of facilities either permitted under the 2012 IGP through submission of a Notice of Intent or excluded from coverage through submittal of a No Exposure Exclusion.  Below is the form we used to inspect.  Please note that it generally follows the order of the permit and that permit citations are given for most items.


MS4 Contact List

Facilities covered under the IGP that discharge to a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) are required to send a copy of their Notice of Intent (NOI) to the MS4.  Please refer to the MS4 Stormwater Contact List below to determine the county where your facility is located.


Permittee Lists for NPDES Industrial Storm Water 2012 IGP

This is a list of the facilities that either have coverage under Notice of Intent (NOI) or exemption from No Exposure Exclusion (NEE) the 2012 IGP. Whether they have an NOI or NEE is indicated in the column entitled “NOI Type”:


Forms (with Instructions)

The 2012 forms (Notice of Intent, No Exposure Exclusion, Notice of Termination and Annual Report Form) are available for download in MS Word format.  These MS Word files also include instructions to assist permittees in completing the forms.  Older versions of these forms will not be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Based upon permittee feedback, GA EPD developed the Frequently Asked Questions documents to assist permittees in understanding the new IGP requirements.

Tools to Determine Impaired Waters from 2014 305(b)/303(d) List

The 2012 IGP GAR050000 requires permitted facilities to determine if they discharge into, or within one linear mile, upstream of, and in the same watershed as, any portion of an impaired water.
Impaired Waters are those waterbodies where the EVALUATION is listed as NOT SUPPORTING on Georgia’s 305(b)/303(d) List of Waters.
Below are some tools to assist permittees in making this determination.


Full lists of all impaired waterbodies, as well as listing methodology and key abbreviations, are available at http://epd.georgia.gov/georgia-305b303d-list-documents. Please use the 2014 List Documents and Integrated Report, since these are the most recent approved lists.

The GIS datasets are available at: http://epd.georgia.gov/geographic-information-systems-gis-databases-and-documentation.

SIC Code Reference Materials

If your facility has a primary Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code listed in Appendix D of the 2012 IGP and discharges stormwater associated with industrial activity, then the facility must file a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage under the 2012 IGP or a No Exposure Exclusion (NEE) for exemption from it. For more information about SIC codes please refer to www.osha.gov.

Previous Permit Information

*Note* This is the previous permit that was replaced by the 2012 IGP on June 1, 2012.