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Under the existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Boards) prescribe waste discharge requirements for the discharge of stormwater by municipalities and industries in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. The existing law requires regulated municipalities and industries to obtain a stormwater permit.
SB 205 would require a person or entity who conducts a business operation that is a regulated industry to demonstrate enrollment with the NPDES permit program by providing specified information, under penalty of perjury, on their application when applying to a city or a county for an initial business license or business license renewal.
To address the health and safety of drinking water sources statewide, the regulated industry is required to provide proof of enrollment with the NPDES permit program.
SB 205 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 2, 2019. It takes effect January 1, 2020.
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SB 205 requires specific types of businesses to demonstrate they have a stormwater permit when applying for an initial business license or when renewing its business license with the city or county of jurisdiction.
No. Only those businesses with primary Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes that are identified in or are applicable to the General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (Excluding Construction Activities), also known as Stormwater Industrial General Permit.
Establishments with one or more primary SIC codes that are regulated require stormwater permit coverage. See also Questions 2 and 3 above.
SB 205 only applies to cities and counties that issue business licenses.
Contact the State Water Board or local Regional Board to inquire about stormwater permit requirements or regulations, as you may still be required to enroll in the Stormwater Industrial General Permit based on your SIC code(s).
State Water Resources Control Board Industrial Storm Water Tool Box: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/toolbox.html
State Water Resources Control Board Storm Water Multiple Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS) help guides: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/smarts/industrial/indst_help_guides.html
The California Storm Water Quality Association (https://www.casqa.org/) and Metals Industry Storm Water Group (https://www.stormwatergroup.org/) are good resources.
Contact the State Water Board to apply for a stormwater permit, or visit the State Water Board: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterboards_map.html
Toll Free: 1-(866)-563-3107
State and Regional Stormwater contacts: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/contact.html
Types of Stormwater Industrial Permit Coverage: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/docs/industrial/types_of_coverages.pdf
Contact the local Regional Board or visit their website for contact information: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/contact.html