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The Industrial General Permit is an NPDES permit that regulates discharges associated with 10 broad categories of industrial activities. The Industrial General Permit requires the implementation of Best Available Technology Economically Achievable (BAT) and Best Conventional Pollutant Control Technology (BCT) to achieve performance standards. The Industrial General Permit also requires the development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and monitoring plan. The SWPPP will identify the site specific sources of pollutants and describe the measures at the facility applied to reduce storm water pollution.

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The Statewide Storm Water Industrial General Permit (IGP) requires the development of a new statewide training program for professionals to assist industrial storm water dischargers with permit compliance and onsite compliance actions. Professionals conducting this work must obtain a Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP) training certificate through the newly developed QISP Training Program. The purpose of the QISP Training Program is to: (1) standardize statewide knowledge regarding permit compliance, and (2) assure statewide application of required data quality assurance protocols and sampling methods for storm water monitoring.

The QISP Training Program has been under development for the past three years by the IGP Training Team, a team of volunteer professionals led by the Office of Water Programs, Sacramento State University, the State Water Board storm water staff, and the California Stormwater Quality Association. On May 1, 2016 QISP candidates will be able to access the online system and register for the online QISP Training Program. Once completing the training, QISPs will assist industrial facility dischargers with the appropriate onsite best management practice (BMP) implementation and monitoring and reporting to address: (1) storm water monitoring results that exceeds the Numeric Action Levels in the IGP, and (2) discharges to impaired water bodies.

Steps to Becoming a QISP (part online and part in-person)

  • Register and pay a fee with the Office of Water Programs, Sacramento State University/the California Stormwater Quality Association;
  • Complete the online training;
  • Take an online midterm exam;
  • Attend a one-day in-person training with an Industrial General Permit Trainer of Record(s) (IGP ToR); and,
  • Take an online final exam

The candidate will obtain their QISP training certificate after passing the final exam.

QISPs are required to renew their training certificate; the renewal process will be similar to the Construction General Permit Training Program renewal process.

For More information, please review the California Stormwater Quality Association QISP Fact Sheet:

Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) Fact Sheet

Sign up for the QISP Training Program by going to the California State University, Sacramento Office of Water Programs (OWP) website at: www.owp.csus.edu.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (CBPELSG) provides the licensure and regulation of professional civil, industrial, chemical, and mechanical engineers and professional geologists in California. The State Water Board developed a specialized self-guided State Water Board-sponsored registration and training program specifically for these CPBELSG licensed engineers and geologists in good standing with CBPELSG.

To complete the training and self-certification, create an account on the Office of Water Programs website at www.owp.csus.edu  Click Stormwater Certificates then click IGP CBPELSG.

Proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Language for the Industrial General Permit

The State and Regional Water Boards are proposing an amendment to the statewide Industrial General Permit (2014-0057-DWQ) to implement TMDL implementation language for TMDLs listed in Attachment E of the permit. The Regional Water Boards are providing a 30-day public comment period for draft implementation language for each TMDL listed below; no action will be taken by the Regional Water Boards at this time.

After the Regional Water Boards receive public comments regarding the draft TMDL implementation language below, the State Water Board will issue the complete proposed amendment to the Industrial General Permit, containing all proposed TMDL implementation language, for a subsequent 30-day public comment period. State Water Board staff plans to issue the proposed package of TMDL implementation language for public comments in the summer of 2016. The State Water Board will consider all public comments in its consideration of the proposed amendment to the Industrial General Permit later this calendar year or in early 2017.

The following table will be updated as each Regional Water Board continues to issue draft TMDL implementation language for public review.

Region Program Page TMDL Public Notice Comments
San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board (Region 2) Program Page Napa River Sediment Public Notice March 31, 2016
Sonoma Creek Sediment
Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Region 4) Program Page Santa Clara River Reach 3 Chloride Public Notice April 1, 2016
Santa Clara River Nutrients

Santa Clara River Bacteria

Los Angeles River Nutrients Public Notice March 31, 2016
Los Angeles River Metals
Long Beach City Beaches and Los Angeles River Estuary Indicator Bacteria
Machado Lake Nutrients Public Notice April 17, 2016
Machado Lake Toxics Public Notice April 17, 2016
Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors Toxic and Metals Public Notice April 25, 2016
Los Angeles Harbor Bacteria Public Notice April 25, 2016
Los Angeles Area Lakes Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Trash, Organochlorine Pesticides and PCBs Public Notice  
Colorado Lagoon Pesticides, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PCBs, and Metals Public Notice
April 14, 2016
San Gabriel River Metals and Selenium Public Notice March 31, 2016
Ballona Creek Estuary Toxic Pollutants Public Notice April 14, 2016
Ballona Creek, Ballona Estuary, and Sepulveda Channel Bacteria
Ballona Creek Metals
Marina del Rey Back Basins Bacteria
Marina Del Rey Harbor-Back Basins Copper, Lead, Zinc, and Chlordane, and Total PCBs
Santa Monica Bay Nearshore Debris Public Notice  
Santa Monica Bay DDTs and PCBs
Calleguas Creek Watershed Salts Public Notice April 7, 2016
Calleguas Creek Watershed Metals and Selenium
Oxnard Drain No. 3 Pesticides, PCBs and Sediment Toxicity
Ventura County Harbor Beaches Public Notice April 7, 2016
Los Cerritos Channel Metals Public Notice March 31, 2016
Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (Region 8) Program Page San Diego Creek and Newport Bay Toxic Pollutants Public Notice March 24, 2016
San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (Region 9) Program Page Chollas Creek Diazinon Public Notice March 31, 2016
Chollas Creek Copper, Lead, and Zinc
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Sediment
Rainbow Creek Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus
Shelter Island Yacht Basin Dissolved Copper
Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor and Shelter Island Shoreline Park in SD Bay Indicator Bacteria
Twenty Beaches and Creeks Indicator Bacteria

Amendment to Order 2014-0057-DWQ

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment and Notice of Public Hearing and Consideration of Adoption on the Proposed Amendment to General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (Order 2014-0057-DWQ) Extending Deadline for Electronic Submittals of Permit Registration Documents.

The Adoption Hearing was August 4, 2015.

Comment Deadline was August 3, 2015 by 12 noon.


Industrial General Permit 2014-0057-DWQ (EFFECTIVE July 1, 2015)

The new Industrial General Permit (IGP) adopted April 1, 2014 which became effective on July 1, 2015 replaces the previous 1997 statewide permit for industrial storm water. The IGP requires electronic applications and reporting.

Order 2014-0057-DWQ – Effective July 1, 2015

The red text in the rows has been corrected to include all the cells in that row. For the purposes of appendix 3, if the text in a row is red, and no parameter is listed in the spreadsheet column labeled "parameter", then the potential monitoring for that impaired water body is only required if requested by the Regional Water Board.


How to apply for the Industrial General Permit

Does this permit apply to you? See Frequently Asked Questions

  • Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987
  • See Attachment A of the permit for a complete list of facilities covered by the Industrial General Permit. Industrial facilities such as manufacturers, landfills, mining, steam generating electricity, hazardous waste facilities, transportation with vehicle maintenance, larger sewage and wastewater plants, recycling facilities, and oil and gas facilities are required to obtain Industrial General Permit coverage.
    • Regulated Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes:

Types of Coverages:

If your facility operations are categorized by a Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code regulated by this permit, you must review the permit documents to determine which type of permit coverage you must obtain and which permit registration documents are required.

  1. Notice of Intent (NOI) - Industrial activities are exposed to storm water:
    • SMARTS Registration for a new Industrial General Permit NOI
    • LRP must Sign Upfor a SMARTS account
    • Certify and submit the Industrial NOI application
    • Upload a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (See Section X of the IGP)
    • Upload a separate Site Map (See Section X.E of the IGP)
    • Verify that your eAuthorization form has been mailed in for this Organization
    • Mail $1,282 check (or pay online via SMARTS), and the SMARTS fee statement to the State Water Board

    To Do List (English) | To Do List (Spanish)

    This 2-page summary of the key components of the Industrial General Permit is intended to introduce the permit to individuals new to the program.(Note: Individuals are responsible for understanding the requirements set forth in the permit. This document does not provide an exhaustive summary of the permit requirements).


  2. No Exposure Certification (NEC) - Industrial Activities are not exposed to storm water per Section XVII of the permit:
    • SMARTS Registration for a new No Exposure Certification (NEC)
    • LRP must Sign Up for a SMARTS account
    • Certify and submit the Industrial NEC application (includes checklist)
    • Upload a Site Map (See Section X.E of the IGP)
    • Verify that your eAuthorization form has been mailed in for this Organization
    • Mail $200 check (or pay online via SMARTS), fee statement to the State Water Board
  3. No-Exposure Certification (NEC) Brochure (English) | No-Exposure Certification (NEC) Brochure (Spanish)

    If a facility does not have industrial materials outdoors, does not conduct industrial activities outdoors and there is no exposure to storm water (in accordance with Section XVII of the Industrial General Permit) the facility may qualify for the No Exposure Certification (NEC). The NEC allows for a reduction in monitoring storm water permit requirements, and the annual fee. This brochure summarizes the NEC requirements that can be found in the Industrial General Permit.

- All permit registration documents and reporting are required to be submitted electronically through the SMARTS database as described in the next section-

Electronic Reporting - Storm Water Multiple Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS) Database

List of Qualified California Industrial General Permit Trainers of Record/QISPs (IGP ToRs/QISPs)

The California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) has approved the first California Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP) Trainers of Record (ToR) for the new IGP. ToRs will be conducting in-person trainings for the Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP) beginning in early 2016. The IGP ToRs/QISPs listed below are eligible to assist New Dischargers with the 303(d) listed impaired water body requirements in Section VII.B. For more information see the following link: Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP)

The listing of qualified IGP ToRs/QISPs is now posted on the CASQA website.





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