Yes, you will need a Water Quality Certification before proceeding with any work. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act states,
“Any applicant for a Federal license or permit to conduct any activity including, but not limited to, the construction or operation of facilities, which may result in any discharge into the navigable waters, shall provide the licensing or permitting agency a certification from the State in which the discharge originates or will originate...”
You can help move the project along by paying your processing fee promptly and providing the following documentation as relevant to your project:
If your project requires Sanitary/Sewage:
All correspondence will be mailed to the party listed as “agent” on the joint application.
We are looking for a written assurance that to the best of your knowledge and belief all information is true, accurate, and complete. Please be aware that you are certifying this information under penalty of law and any falsification will nullify the certification, thus nullifying the permit it is certifying. See LAC 33: IX.2503.D.
Please respond in writing and mail us a hardcopy to ensure the document is properly filed in our Electronic Document Management System (EDMS).
Yes, you may request an extension for response to the request by simply emailing the environmental scientist handling your project.
The Louisiana State Legislature has currently set the processing fees at:
$33.00 per application for all non-commercial activities
$350.00 per application for all commercial activities
Yes, online payments can be processed using the DEQ Business Website. Please note that if paying online you must also make a copy of the receipt generated by the online payment system and mail the receipt in to the department.
You may also pay via check or money order. Mail the check, money order, or copy of receipt for online payment to:
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Water Permits Division
P. O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313
Attn: Water Quality Certification
If you require further assistance regarding payments please call Ashley Broom in Financial Services at (225) 219-3907.
If you are being charged a fee again it is likely that one of the following things has happened:
If you feel you have been charged a fee unnecessarily, contact the environmental scientist handling your file for review.
We store all official documents and correspondence from the certification process in our Electronic Document Management System (EDMS). EDMS can be accessed through the following link: http://edms.deq.louisiana.gov. The EDMS system is searchable by Agency Interest (AI) number, and the AI number is typically established by water quality certification project.
Information on BMPs is found on the Department’s website listed under Helpful Documents on the Construction Stormwater page.
For any questions regarding the Water Quality Certification process, please direct your questions to: