Water Permits


  • NPDES Permits

    Permitting program which addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of Tennessee.

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  • Septic Systems Permits

    This includes Septic Tank Pumping Contractor, Domestic Septage Disposal Site, Septic System Installer and Septic System Construction Permits.

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  • Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP)

    Persons who wish to make an alteration to a stream, river, lake or wetland must first obtain a water quality permit from the Division of Water Resources.

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  • Biosolids State Operating Permit

    This general permit authorizes the land application of non-exceptional quality (non-EQ) biosolids within the State of Tennessee provided that the permittee complies with all conditions in this general permit.

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  • Certificate of Approval and Safety for Dams

    Persons who construct, alter, remove or operate a non-federal dam must obtain approval from the Tennessee Division of Water Resources, Dams Section.

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  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) General State Operating Permit

    Any individual who operates a concentrated animal feeding operation must have a Division of Water Resources issued CAFO Permit. Individuals who operate a Class I CAFO may need to apply for an individual NPDES permit.

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  • Dye Trace Registration

    Anyone who performs a dye trace study in streams or groundwater systems of the state.

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  • Inter-Basin Transfer Permit

    The Inter-basin permit is authorized by Rule 0400-40-13, that regulates water withdrawals from basins in Tennessee which discharges into basins different than the originating basins.

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  • Mineral Test Hole Permit

    Persons who drill any hole in excess of one hundred (100) feet for the specific purpose of exploring for minerals, excluding oil and gas, must obtain a permit from the Tennessee Division of Water Resources, Oil and Gas Section.

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  • Plans Review and Approval for Public Water Systems

    Persons who construct or modify a public water system are required to obtain an approval from the Tennessee Division of Water Resources. 

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  • Surface Mining Permit

    Persons who engage in mining and surface disturbances related to mining require a state mining permit which is obtained from the Tennessee Division of Water Resources, Mining Section. In all counties mining of the following minerals requires a permit: clay, stone, phosphate rock, metallic ore and any other solid material or substance of commercial value found in natural deposits on or in the earth. 

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  • Underground Injection Control Permit

    Anyone who discharges industrial/commercial wastes into a subsurface system other than city sewers or who modifies Karst features is required to submit an underground injection control application to the Division of Water Resources.

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  • Water and Wastewater Operator Certification

    Each person in direct charge at a water treatment plant, a wastewater treatment plant, a water distribution system, or a wastewater collection system must have a certificate in a grade equal to or higher than the grade of the treatment plant, distribution system, or collection system he/she operates.

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  • Water Quality State Operation Permit

    Persons engaged in the operation of a sewage treatment system, i.e., package plant; industrial waste or other waste treatment systems that do not have a direct discharge to any surface or subsurface waters must obtain a State Operation Permit from the Division of Water Resources.

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  • Well Driller or Installer License

    Anyone who manages or supervises the digging, drilling, or redrilling of a well or anyone who installs, or repairs well pumps or filters and treatment devices must obtain a license.

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  • Wellhead Protection Plan Approval

    All public water systems that use groundwater as a source are required to develop a Wellhead Protection Plan and obtain an approval for each phase of planning from the TDEC Division of Water Resources. 

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