A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

General Land Application System (LAS) Permit For Land Disposal of Domestic Septage GENERAL PERMIT NO. GAG620000

Tier 1 Operation

On July 1, 2014, EPD issued a General Land Application System Permit for Land Disposal of Domestic Septage General Permit (Permit No. GAG620000) for Tier 1 Operations which is required for any land disposal site that receives and land applies septic tank waste from a single permitted septic tank pumping and hauling business. This general permit does not authorize coverage to land application systems associated with biosolids and grease trap waste, covered by an individual land application system permit, or associated with or containing industrial, commercial, solid, hazardous, or non-biodegradable waste.  The links below contain the fact sheet, the permit, and related documents.


  • General Permit for Tier 1 Operation (Permit No. GAG620000) [July 2014]

    The Tier 1 Operation General Permit provides coverage for any land disposal site that receives septage and to any person who land applies septic tank waste for subsurface injection or incorporation into the soil from a single permitted septic tank pumping and hauling business.  Authorization to operate under this general permit shall be effective upon receipt of notification of inclusion from the Division, except for any site that as of June 30, 2007, operated under a valid permit issued on or before such date by the Department of Public Health under Code Section 31-2-8.  For such sites, initial coverage shall be effective upon submission of a Notice of Intent to the Division.


The Georgia Water Quality Control Act requires the EPD to regulate and permit any land disposal site that receives septic tank waste (domestic septage) under a permit issued by the Director of EPD.  The fact sheet contains the history rationale for the draft general septage permit.


Systems applying or proposing to land apply domestic septage must submit a SMP.  The permit contains provisions for owners of an existing septage land application system with a valid permit issued by the Department of Public Health under O.C.G.A. § 31-2-13 prior to June 30, 2007 to submit an SMP in accordance with a compliance schedule in the draft permit .  All other owners seeking coverage under this permit must have a SMP approved by EPD prior to receiving coverage to operate under this permit.  This checklist was developed to provide guidance as to what is required in the Septage Management Plan. 


NOI - To obtain coverage under this Tier 1 Operation permit, owners of existing and new systems shall submit an NOI.  The NOI is an acknowledgement that the conditions of the general permit apply to the land disposal site and that the applicant agrees to comply with the applicable conditions of the permit.

NOT - A permittee that has ceased the land application of septage for which permit coverage was obtained must submit a NOT to EPD within thirty (30) days after the activity has ceased.