General Stormwater NPDES Permits

When stormwater from rain or snow melt flows, it carries dirt, litter, chemicals, or other pollutants that could harm water quality. Stormwater discharges are considered point sources, and stormwater permitting is administered under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

ADEQ issues individual and general stormwater permits. The permit conditions for an individual permit are specific for each facility. General permits are used for those facilities with similar operations. Facilities seek coverage with a Notice of Intent (NOI) document to obtain coverage under a general permit.

Find notices of a specific general permit:

  • DMR - Discharge Monitoring Report
  • NOC - Notice of Coverage
  • NOI - Notice of Intent
  • NOT - Notice of Termination
  • SWPPP - Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
  • SWAR - Stormwater Annual Report

How to Receive Coverage through a General Stormwater Permit

ADEQ considers issuing a Notice of Coverage (NOC) to facilities seeking coverage only after payment has been received. When applicable, send a completed and signed NOI, a completed Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), and permit fee to:

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Water Discharge Permits Section
5301 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118-5317

Or email documents in PDF format to Water Permits Application.

Most General NPDES Permits may be completed and submitted online through the ADEQ ePortal site.

  • Select Organization. A drop-down menu will appear.
  • Scroll to Water Division, General NPDES 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.

Why use ePortal?

The ADEQ ePortal system has all the conveniences of online submission while also allowing you to track your submission’s progress.

General Stormwater Permits

The following general stormwater permits are available in Arkansas and are listed with coverage forms and information. Select the appropriate category below.

Construction Stormwater

Information on ARR150000 Permit

Required Documents

Submit the following documents to apply for a construction stormwater for large sites permit:

  • Notice of Intent (NOI)
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP) template
  • Inspection Form

Submit the following documents only as needed:

Industrial Stormwater

Information on ARR000000 Permit

Required Documents

Submit following documents to apply for an industrial stormwater permit:

  • Notice of Intent
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP) template
  • Inspection Form (provided by facility)
  • Stormwater Annual Report (SWAR) Form
  • SWAR Appendix
    NOTE: This form can be used only as an attachment to the SWAR Form, not as a sole reporting form.

Submit the following form to request modifications of outfalls covered under this permit.

  • Outfall Modification Form

Submit the following documents only as needed:

Receive reminders about upcoming deadlines

Receive notifications of upcoming permitting activities and requirements such as permit renewals, comment periods, recertification requirements, and other important news regarding the Stormwater Industrial General Permit ARR000000.

Information on ARR000000 Permit

Required Documents

Submit following documents to apply for an industrial stormwater no-exposure certification:

  • No-Exposure Certification

Submit the following documents only as needed:

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)

Information on ARR040000 Permit

Required Documents

Submit following documents to apply for a MS4 permit:

  • Notice of Intent
  • Stormwater Management Program (SWMP)
    • Refer to Part 3 of the Current Permit for SWMP requirements
  • Application fee ($200)

Submit the following each year of permit term:

  • Annual Report Form
  • Annual fee ($200)

Notices of facilities that have submitted a recent NOI for coverage:

Submit the following documents only as needed: