Enrollment Process Explained

What is the California Industrial General Stormwater Permit (IGP)?

The Industrial General Permit (IGP), effective July 1, 2015, regulates industrial stormwater and authorized non-stormwater discharges from 9 broad categories of industrial operations. The IGP requires certain businesses to implement specific measures to control pollutants in stormwater discharges.

Does my business require coverage?

The new IGP has been expanded to include a broad range of industrial establishments—now including all “light manufacturing” operations. You first need to know your  Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code to determine if your business is affected. You can then reference Attachment A for the list of regulated facilities by SIC code.

Which type of coverage do I need?

If your industrial activities and materials are not exposed to stormwater, you needed to file a No Exposure Certification (NEC) into the online Storm Water Multiple Application & Report Tracking System (SMARTS) platform by October 1, 2015. The State Water Board has provided instructions and a brochure for further information about NEC coverage.

If your industrial activities and materials are exposed to stormwater, you needed to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) into SMARTS by August 14, 2015. NOI coverage requires specific and costly measures in order to meet compliance.

How do I file for coverage?

You will first need to identify the business’ Legally Responsible Person (LRP). The LRP must create a SMARTS account, then electronically file and submit all Permit Registration Documents (PRDs) into SMARTS by the proper deadline. All PRDs must be electronically filed by the LRP into SMARTS.

NEC coverage requires the following PRDs: NEC Form, NEC Checklist, and Site Map. The $200 annual NEC fee must also be received by the State Water Board.

NOI coverage requires the following PRDs: NOI Form, Site Map, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The $1,791 annual NOI fee must also be received by the State Water Board.

What happens after I file for coverage?

Obtaining proper coverage is only the beginning. After the State Water Board accepts both the complete PRDs and the annual fee, you will receive an electronic registration confirmation. After confirmation, you should expect your establishment to be inspected by the Regional Water Board to evaluate compliance. Both NEC and NOI facilities require continual measures to be taken throughout the reporting year (July 1 to June 30) to remain in compliance with the IGP:

NEC compliance requires the following measures: maintaining the condition of “No Exposure” throughout the reporting year, timely electronic submittal of the Annual Evaluation, and making real-time revisions to PRDs. SMARTS account management is also strongly recommended in order to expedite compliance efforts.

NOI compliance requires the following measures: year-round implementation of the many comprehensive SWPPP elements (including the 7 mandatory minimum Best Management Practices (BMPs), advanced BMPs, and Monitoring Implementation Plan), revision of on-site SWPPP whenever necessary, electronic submittal of any SWPPP revisions within 30 days, monthly and event-based visual observations, stormwater sampling and analysis, potential Exceedance Response Actions (ERAs), the Annual Comprehensive Facility Compliance Evaluation (Annual Evaluation), timely electronic submittal of an Annual Report, and copious record keeping. Furthermore, the services of a Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) will likely be required to assist your business with compliance efforts.

Check out the To-Do List for more information and details regarding the compliance process.

What is this going to cost?

The total cost depends on a number of factors, beginning with the required coverage (NEC vs. NOI) and whether or not you have the capabilities to meet all of the corresponding requirements in-house. While we wish we could provide you with a simple estimate, we first would need to know more about your facility before an accurate quote can be provided. See current packages.

Is there a penalty if I do not to enroll?

YES. Failure to enroll can result in a mandatory minimum penalty of $5,000. Even if enrolled, failure to maintain compliance can result in penalties ranging up to $34,500 per violation, per day.


Documents and More Resources

General Resources

NEC Resources

NOI Resources

Regulatory Resources

SMARTS Resources

Workshop Documents


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