Individual No-Discharge Permits

An individual permit is tailored specifically for each application and allows ADEQ to put specific conditions on each permitted facility or activity depending on its unique conditions. Most individual permits take 180 days to issue after the application is deemed administratively complete.

Permitting Procedures for Specific Facility or Activity

Individual permits are developed for a specific facility or activity. ADEQ recommends reviewing the Permitting Procedures document and the relevant laws and regulations before getting started. Each Permitting Procedures document is specific to the individual permit application process.

Some individual permits require public notices or public review. Find public notices of a specific individual permit:

ADEQ considers issuing a permit to facilities seeking coverage only after payment has been received. Follow the permitting procedures under each individual no-discharge permit type.

When applicable, submit the completed application package, including all supporting information and materials, via ePortal, email or mail:

Do your permitting online

Most No-Discharge Permits may be completed and submitted online through the ADEQ ePortal site.

  • Select Organization. A drop-down menu will appear.
  • Scroll to Water Division and select No-Discharge Permits to find form selections.
  • Before using ePortal, register online then download and complete the ADEQ Electronic Signature Agreement form and mail it to the Electronic Signature Agreement Committee, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118.

Email

Submit application and all supporting information and materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF) to Water Permits Application.

Mail

Mail application and all supporting information and materials by U.S. Certified Mail (Return Receipt Requested), Federal Express, or hand-delivery to the address below. ADEQ's office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Water Division
Permits Branch, No-Discharge Section
5301 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118-5317

Individual No-Discharge Permits

Select the appropriate category below to find permit application forms and documents.

Guidance Documents

Permitting Procedures

This is a guidance document with general instructions, procedural information, and technical requirements for a liquid animal waste management system.

We have provided a brief description of some forms and required documents. For the full details of requirements, see the permitting procedures document.

Submit the following for new permit or transfer:

Documents required with application and disclosure forms:

Waste management plans must comply with the criteria listed in APC&EC Regulation 5 and in the Field Office Technical Guide and Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Waste management plans must be signed and approved by an NRCS area engineer, an Arkansas registered professional engineer, or an Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation District water quality technician.

Proof of ownership or control of land must be submitted to the department for all land to be permitted for waste utilization under the waste management plan. One the following is required:

  • a copy of the deed or other legal documentation of ownership
  • a copy of the lease agreement with the landowner granting control of the land for the purpose proposed in the application
  • a land use contract

Applicants for new facilities or permit modifications to add land applications sites must notify the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Division of Engineering that an application has been sent to ADEQ. This notice must include a complete set of area maps (pop up area maps description) indicating the facility location and all land application sites and description (type, size, etc.) of the operation. The notice should be mailed to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Engineering Division, Slot #37
4815 West Markham Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2623

A copy of the letter transmitting the above documents to ADH must be submitted to ADEQ with application.

Applicants for new permits or permit modifications are required to notify all adjacent landowners when a permit application is submitted to ADEQ. A written notice must be sent to each landowner adjacent to the facility and to the waste application sites. This notice must include the applicant's name and address; the facility type, size, and location; and the type of permit action requested. A list of all adjacent landowners and a copy of the notification letter must be submitted to ADEQ along with the permit application.

Submit the following:

An Annual Report Form must be completed, signed by responsible officials, dated and returned on or before May 30 yearly. Include with annual report form a copy of the analysis of the samples provided to the Cooperative Extension Service or an ADEQ-certified private lab, for the soil analysis and wastewater.

Keep document at facility:

The land application record is to be maintained and kept at the facility. DO NOT MAIL THIS DOCUMENT TO ADEQ.

Permit Application

Any applicant submitting this permit application shall comply with all of the General Information (Part I), Procedural Information (Part II), Technical Requirements (Part III), and a Complete Application provided in this document.

Documents required with application and disclosure forms:

Design and implementation of waste management plans shall be in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations and ADEQ guidelines and policies. All waste management plans, construction plans, specifications and design calculations must be signed and stamped by an Arkansas registered professional engineer or, where applicable, an authorized Natural Resources Conservation Service engineer or technician.

Proof of ownership or control of land must be submitted to the department for all land to be permitted for waste utilization under the waste management plan. One the following is required:

  • a copy of the deed or other legal documentation of ownership
  • a copy of the lease agreement with the landowner granting control of the land for the purpose proposed in the application
  • a land use contract

An approved land Use Contract Form is provided in the permit application above.

Applicants for new facilities or permit modifications to add land applications sites must notify the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Division of Engineering that an application has been sent to ADEQ. This notice must include a complete set of area maps (pop up area maps description) indicating the facility location and all land application sites and description (type, size, etc.) of the operation. The notice should be mailed to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Engineering Division, Slot #37
4815 West Markham Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2623

A copy of the letter transmitting the above documents to ADH must be submitted to ADEQ with application.

Guidance Documents

Permitting Procedures

This is a guidance document with general instructions, procedural information, and technical requirements for land application and/or waste storage of water-based drilling fluids.

We have provided a brief description of some forms and required documents. For the full details of requirements, see the permitting procedures document.

Submit the following for new permit or transfer:

Documents required with application and disclosure forms:

Submit a monitoring well work plan with any new or major modification application packages that include new land application sites. The design and construction of the wells must be completed in accordance with the EPA Handbook of Suggested Practices for the Design and Installation of Ground-Water Monitoring Wells.

All new and modification application packages are required to have a plan to close the permitted facility and make any site restoration deemed necessary by the department. A detailed cost estimate to close and restore the permitted facility is required, as well as a financial mechanism that demonstrates to the department’s satisfaction the permittee’s financial ability to ensure adequate closure and any necessary restoration of the permitted facility in accordance with the requirements of A.C.A. § 8-4-203. The amount of any financial assurance required under this section shall be equal to or greater than the detailed cost estimate for a third party to close the permitted facility in accordance with closure plans approved by the department.

Waste management plans must be signed and approved by an NRCS area engineer, an Arkansas registered professional engineer, or an Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation District water quality technician.

Proof of ownership or control of land must be submitted to the department for all land to be permitted for waste utilization under the waste management plan. One the following is required:

  • a copy of the deed or other legal documentation of ownership
  • a copy of the lease agreement with the landowner granting control of the land for the purpose proposed in the application
  • a land use contract

Applicants for new facilities or permit modifications to add land applications sites must notify the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Division of Engineering that an application has been sent to ADEQ. This notice must include a complete set of area maps (pop up area maps description) indicating the facility location and all land application sites and description (type, size, etc.) of the operation. The notice should be mailed to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Engineering Division, Slot #37
4815 West Markham Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2623

A copy of the letter transmitting the above documents to ADH must be submitted to ADEQ with application.

The No-Discharge Permits Section, in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Health, issues permits to facilities that utilize shallow subsurface wastewater disposal wells such as septic tanks and leach fields. Regulatory jurisdiction of a subsurface wastewater disposal system depends on the type and volume of waste.

Guidance Documents

Permitting Procedures

This is a guidance document with general instructions, procedural information, and technical requirements for subsurface disposal for domestic wastewater and industrial wastewater.

We have provided a brief description of some forms and required documents. For the full details of requirements, see the permitting procedures document.

Specific to Drip Irrigation System

Submit the following for new permit or transfer:

Documents required with application and disclosure forms:

To ensure proper installation and operation of the subsurface disposal and/or leachfield systems, ADEQ requires that the Waste Management Plan be signed and approved by either an Arkansas registered professional engineer or an Arkansas Department of Health designated representative.

Proof of ownership or control of land must be submitted to the department for all land to be permitted for waste utilization under the waste management plan. One the following is required:

  • a copy of the deed or other legal documentation of ownership
  • a copy of the lease agreement with the landowner granting control of the land for the purpose proposed in the application
  • a land use contract

Applicants for new facilities or permit modifications to add land applications sites must notify the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Division of Engineering that an application has been sent to ADEQ. This notice must include a complete set of area maps (pop up area maps description) indicating the facility location and all land application sites and description (type, size, etc.) of the operation. The notice should be mailed to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Engineering Division, Slot #37
4815 West Markham Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2623

A copy of the letter transmitting the above documents to ADH must be submitted to ADEQ with application.

Reporting Requirement

Submit the following document:

  • Monthly Monitoring Report
    The Monthly Monitoring Report (MMR) is similar to the DMR. MMRs are for no-discharge systems that need to be monitored on a monthly basis (e.g., drip irrigation systems). The subsurface wastewater disposal systems monthly monitoring changes based on the permit.


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