A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Technical Design Review Process

EPD has established a technical design review process in addition to the permitting process for new or expanding facilities. A permitted facility that plans to modify a treatment component, furthermore, may be required to submit certain documentation to EPD.

Before submitting any documents or requesting a new or modified individual NPDES or LAS permit, facilities are encouraged to review the applicable process outlines and step descriptions as follows:

Please be advised that the Wastewater Regulatory Program may require additional information not listed below as necessary for individual projects. More specific information on the following submittals and general design guidance may be found here.


 

Domestic Wastewater Facilities

The following provides a framework for the technical review process for a new, expanding, or upgrading domestic wastewater facility. Facilities should note that some steps may only apply to either a POTW or a PID specifically. EPD may also require additional information not listed as necessary for individual projects. Please be advised that each step should be completed and approved as required before a subsequent step may be approved by EPD.

For some of the steps listed here, basic descriptions have been provided. Facilities may also review our guidance documents for more detailed information here.

Domestic wastewater facilities that wish to extend their sewer lines and/or install a pump station, but will remain under their current permitted flow limit, should submit Plans and Specifications to EPD along with the Sewer Extension Form. EPD will then make a determination if a review of the certified P&Ss is required.

Please note that above process is required for facilities seeking a new or modified individual permit. Requirements for a general permit will be specified in the instructions for that permit. Please view our general permits for more information.


 

Industrial Wastewater Facilities

The following provides a framework for the technical review process for a new, expanding, or upgrading industrial wastewater facility. Please note that EPD may also require additional information not listed as necessary for individual projects.

For some of the steps listed here, basic descriptions have been provided. Facilities may also review our guidance documents for more detailed information here.

Please note the above process is required for facilities seeking a new or modified individual permit. Requirements for a general permit will be specified in the instructions for that permit. Please view our general permits page for more information.


 

Review Step Details

Detailed information, such as guidance and common submittal errors, about some of the following process steps may be found here.

Wasteload Allocation Request

Facilities may request a new wasteload through a letter to EPD detailing the requested flow and discharge location or through the Georgia EPD Online System (GEOS).

Anti-degradation Analysis

Applicants must conduct a socioeconomic demonstration and alternatives analysis to justify the necessity of lowering local water quality to accommodate important economic or social development in the area in which the water is located.

Required forms can be found here.

Environmental Information Document (EID)

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Projects

An EID is only required for publically owned facilities.

Please be advised that prior to the approval of an EID the permittee must hold a public meeting that has been advertised for a minimum of 30 days.

The EID should be signed and stamped by a professional engineer in the State of Georgia.

In lieu of a traditional EID, projects funded through the CWSRF should review the corresponding environmental review process and required submittals here.

Design Development Report (DDR)

DDRs should be signed and stamped by a professional engineer in the State of Georgia.

Plans and Specifications (P&S)

P&Ss should both be signed and stamped by a professional engineer in the State of Georgia, as well as include EPD’s required certification language found here.

Permit Applications

Individual Permit Applications and Forms can be found here.

Watershed Assessment and Protection Plans

All new or expanding POTWs are required to complete a Watershed Assessment and Protection Plan. For more information, guidance can be found here.