Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permitting Information FAQs

How do I know if I need an LPDES Permit?

In accordance with LAC 33:IX.2311.A.1, an LPDES discharge permit is required for the discharge of pollutants from any point source into waters of the state of Louisiana. A point source is any discernible, confined, and discrete conveyance, including but not limited to any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock, concentrated animal feeding operation, landfill leachate collection system, vessel, or other floating craft from which pollutants are or may be discharged.

How much will my permit cost?

Individual Permit Fees

Annual Fees are calculated by multiplying the rating points times the rate factor. The rating points are computed using the appropriate annual fee rating worksheet. This worksheet should accompany your draft permit. The current rate factor for municipal facilities is $148.00/rating point and for all other facilities is $271.96/rating point. The annual fee shall be paid each year a facility is subject to regulation. The year corresponds with the state's fiscal year of July 1 through June 30. For new facilities the annual fee may be prorated to correspond to the start-up date of the facility. The annual fee for inactive facilities that wish to retain permit coverage may be reduced by 50% any year in which the facility is inactive for the entire fiscal year. In no case will the fee be reduced below the minimum fee. The minimum annual fee is currently $345.00.

New, Modified and Reissued Permit Fees shall be 20% of the calculated annual fee, but not less than the minimum annual fee.

General Permit Fees

Permit Type Amount
Gen-LAG11-Concrete/Asphalt $322
Gen-LAG33-Coastal $2,640
Gen-LAG47-Auto Repair/Dealers $264
Gen-LAG119-Concrete/Asphalt (SW)  $387
Gen-LAG78-C & D Landfills $660
Gen-LAG42-Short-Term/Emergency $500
Gen-LAG75-Exterior Vehicle Wash $264
Gen-LAG87-Pesticides $0
Gen-LAR10-Construction $264
Gen-LAR20-Small Construction $0
Gen-LAG67-Hydrostatic Test  $300
Gen-LAG48-Light Commercial $345
Gen-LAR04-Small MS4 >1,000 <10,000  $100
Gen-LAR04-Small MS4 >10,000 <50,000 $500
Gen-LAR04-Small MS4 >50,000 <150,000 $1500
Gen-LAR05-Multi-Sector $99
Gen-LAG38-Potable Water  $345
Gen-LAG949-GW Remediation (SW)  $990
Gen-LAG49-Sand and Gravel  $660
Gen-LAG26-Territorial Seas $2,640
Gen-LAG30-UST Dewatering $99
Gen-LAG94-GW Remediation $990
Gen-LAG679-Hydrostatic Test (SW)  $792
Gen-LAG759-Mobile Vehicle/Equipment Wash $317
Gen-LAG83- Petroleum UST Remediation $990
Gen-LAG839-Petroleum UST (SW)  $2,640
Gen-LAG53-Sanitary Class I  $99
Gen-LAG54-Sanitary Class II $264
Gen-LAG56-Sanitary Class III  $495
Gen-LAG57-Sanitary Class IV $594
Gen-LAG309-UST Dewatering (SW)  $851


Due Dates/Late Payments

Fees shall be received by the Department by the due date indicated on the invoice. Payments not received within 15 days of the due date will be charged a late payment fee. Failure to pay the prescribed application fee or annual fee within 90 days after the due date, will constitute a violation of the regulations and shall subject the person to applicable enforcement action.

Can I get a listing of permits public noticed by the department?

Based on the media regulations, the material can also be available at different repositories. Check the public notice for specific locations associated with the draft permit 
If you would like to receive our Permit Public Notices by email, you can subscribe to the LDEQ Public Notice list servers at:http://louisiana.gov/Services/Email_Notifications_DEQ_PN/
Please note that you can also review the public notices on the DEQ Public Notice Web page at: http://deq.louisiana.gov/public-notices 
If you would like to be added to, or removed from our mailing list to receive the hard copies of our notices, please contact us by email at DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES@LA.GOV  or by mail to: 
Mr. Leonard Killmer
Public Participation Group
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821 
Copies of documents that are for public review can be requested through LDEQ Public Records Center at (225) 219-3167/68 or email publicrecords@la.gov

Why did my water permit fee increase?

The Louisiana State Legislature approved an "across the board" 10 % increase in LDEQ permit fees. This new rule affects all permitting fees, including air, water, and waste permit annual fees, as well as draft permit fees and water quality certification.  In addition, new fees were adopted for sewage sludge/biosolid permits, which previously did not have any associated fees.

The new water permit fees were adopted into LAC 33:IX, Chapter 13 and are effective as of July 1, 2017.  Applications and Notices of Intent received on or before June 30, 2017 will be processed under the old fee schedule.   Applications and Notices of Intent received on or after July 1, 2017 will be processed under the new fee schedule.

*For pre-paid fees, such as the large construction storm water general permit (LAR100000) and water quality certification fees:  Applicants who submit the old fee between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017 will be mailed an invoice for the additional 10%.  After August 1, 2017, Notices of Intent without the current fee will be deemed incomplete and will not be processed until the correct amount is received.