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Environmental Permit Requirements Guide

» Work that Occurs in or Near Water
» Projects for Public Water Supply
» Projects involving Water Use
» Projects that produce a Discharge To Ground or Surface Water
» Projects that could impact Air Quality
» Projects dealing with Radioactive Materials
» Projects dealing with Solid/Hazardous Waste
» Projects impacting Natural Resources
» Projects impacting Land Resources

 

Work in or Near Water

If you will You may need this permit/license
Divert, obstruct or change the natural flow or bed of any waters of the state (e.g. debris removal, bank stabilization or culverting) Water Resources Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP)
Construct within navigable waters Water Resources Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP)
Dredge or place fill into waters of the state and/or wetlands Water Resources Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP)
Clear, grade, or excavate an area of 1 or more acres Water Resources Construction Stormwater General Permit
Perform a dye trace study in streams or groundwater systems of the state Water Resources Dye Trace Registration

 

Water Use

If you will You may need this permit/license
Transfer water out of one major river basin and into another Inter-Basin Transfer Permit
Withdraw ground water in excess of 50,000 gallons per day Water Resources notification
Divert surface water Water Resources Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP)
Construct a barrier across a stream, channel, or watercourse that will create a reservoir Water Resources Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit (ARAP)

Water Resources Certificate of Dam Approval and Safety
Construct, modify, or repair any dam or controlling works for storage of 30 or more acre-feet of water, waste, or mine tailings Water Resources Certificate of Dam Approval and Safety
Operate a public water system or bottle and sell spring water Water Resources Plans Review and Approval for Public Water Systems

Water Resources Water/Wastewater Operator Certification

Water Resources Wellhead Protection Program Approval

Water Resources General NPDES Permit for Discharge of Filter Backwash and Sedimentation Basin Washwater from Water Treatment Plants
Drill a drinking water well and/or install well pumps or filtration devices. Water Resources Well Driller or Installer License

 

Discharge to Ground or Surface Water

If you will You may need this permit/license
Discharge wastewater to a publicly owned treatment facility Coordinate w/Water Resources Pretreatment program and municipality
Discharge wastewater to surface water Water Resources NPDES Permit

Water Resources Non-Stormwater General Permits


for discharges of Hydrostatic Test Water

for Discharges of Stormwater Runoff and Process Wastewater Associated with Ready Mixed Concrete Facilities

for Discharge of Filter Backwash and Sedimentation Basin Washwater from Water Treatment Plants
Construct a subsurface sewage disposal system Water Resources Subsurface Sewage Disposal System Installer Permit
Discharge wastewater into a subsurface system Water Resources Septic System Construction Permit [Local program permits in eight counties : Blount, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Sevier, Shelby and Williamson]
Discharge stormwater runoff from an industrial facility Water Resources NPDES General Permit for Industrial Stormwater (TMSP)
Discharges from industrial or commercial facility into a subsurface system Water Resources Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permit
Collect or treat wastewater that does not discharge to any surface or subsurface waters Water Resources State Operation Permit
Remove and/or dispose of domestic septage from septic tanks, holding tanks, portable toilets, etc. Water Resources Septic Tank Pumping Contractor

Water Resources Domestic Septage Disposal Site Permit
Operate a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Water Resources Class II CAFO General Permit

Water Resources NPDES Discharge Permit (for Class I operations)
Discharge hydrostatic test water to the waters of Tennessee Water Resources General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Hydrostatic Test Water
Operate a ready mix concrete facility with discharges of washwater, stormwater, or a no-discharge recycle system Water Resources NPDES Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Runoff and Process Waste Water Associated with Ready Mix Concrete Facilities
Discharge groundwater associated with remediation of contaminated groundwater at an underground storage tank (Underground Storage Tanks) Water Resources General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Treated Groundwater Associated with Underground Storage Tank Remediation
Discharge filter backwash and sedimentation basin washwater from water treatment plants to the waters of Tennessee General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Filter Backwash and Sedimentation Basin Washwater from Water Treatment Plants
Clear, grade, or excavate an area of 1 or more acres Water Resources Construction Stormwater General Permit

 

Air

If you will You may need this permit/license
Construct a new or modify an existing source of air pollution, e.g. paint booths, printing, degreasing Air Pollution Control Construction Permit

Air Pollution Control Operating Permit
Emit more than 100 tons/year of air pollutant or 10-tons/year hazardous air pollutant, or 25 tons/years combination to the air Air Pollution Control Title V Operating Permit
Remove regulated asbestos containing material (RACM) during facility renovation or demolition Air Pollution Control Notification of Asbestos Demolition or Renovation
Operate a gasoline pumping facility in Sumner, Wilson, Rutherford or Williamson counties Air Pollution Control Gasoline Dispensing Facility Permit
Contact the Division of Air Pollution Control
Install and operate an above ground petroleum storage tank with volume greater than 40,000 gallons Air Pollution Control Construction Permit

Air Pollution Control Operating Permit

 

Waste

If you will You may need this permit/license
Generate more than 100 kg of hazardous waste or more than 1 kg of acutely hazardous waste in any calendar month Solid Waste Management Notification of Hazardous Waste Activity/EPA identification number
Treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste Solid Waste Management Hazardous Waste Permit

Air Pollution Control Construction Permit

Air Pollution Control Operating Permit
Transport hazardous waste Solid Waste Management Hazardous Waste Transporter Permit
Design, construct and/or operate a solid waste landfill to take household, indUnderground Storage Tanksrial, land clearing, landscaping, and/or construction and demolition waste. Solid Waste Management Landfill Permit
Collect, transport, process, and/or refine used oil Solid Waste Management Notification for Used Oil Management
Dispose of special wastes such as sludge, metal finishing residual, incinerator ash, process filters, medical wastes, paint chips, or sandblast grind media Solid Waste Management Special Waste Approval
Operate a solid waste processing, collections, and/or recycling facility including convenience center, tire storage, or coal ash fill disposal Solid Waste Management Permit-by-Rule for Non-hazardous Solid Waste

 


Land dispose of domestic septage from septic tanks or other sewage treatment or disposal facilities Water Resources Domestic Septage Disposal Site Permit
Install or permanently close an underground storage tank Underground Storage Tanks Notification

General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Treated Ground Water Associated with Underground Storage Tanks Remediation
Own or operate a drycleaning facilities or instate wholesale distribution facilities (IWDF). drycleaning solvents and supplies.
Division of Remediation Drycleaner Environmental Response Program Registration (DCERP)

 

Radioactive Material

If you will You may need this permit/license
Operate a X-ray machine or other radioactive devices Division of Radiological Health X-ray Registration

Division of Radiological Health Specific Radioactive Materials License
Transport radioactive wastes Division of Radiological Health License for Delivery Permit
Manufacture radiation sources, dispose of and/or process radioactive waste material or use nuclear medicine applications Division of Radiological Health Specific Radioactive Materials License

 

Land Resources

If you will You may need this permit/license
Own or operate a shale, barite, phosphate or clay surface mine Water Resources Surface Mining Permit

Water Resources NPDES Permit
Own or operate a coal mine Water Resources NPDES Permit
Own or operate a sand, limestone, gravel, dimension stone, chert or marble quarry Water Resources NPDES Permit

Water Resources Surface Mining Permit (if located in Shelby County)

Air Pollution Control Construction Permit (if processed on site)

Air Pollution Control Operating Permit (if processed on site)
Drill, deepen or reopen an oil and gas well Water Resources Oil and Gas Well Permit
Drill any hole in excess of one hundred (100) feet for the specific purpose of exploring for minerals, excluding oil and gas Water Resources Mineral Test Hole Permit
Do significant work affecting federally controlled properties (i.e. work in which federal funds are used, work requiring federally issued permits such as USA COE Section 10 and Section 404 permits or TVA Section 26a permits) Section 106 Review and Compliance
Clear, grade, or excavate an area of 1 or more acres Water Resources Construction Stormwater General Permit

 

Natural Resources

If you will You may need this permit/license
Purchase ginseng collected in Tennessee with the intent to resell Division of Natural Areas Ginseng Dealer Permit
Sell or export Tennessee listed endangered plant species
Division of Natural Areas Endangered Plant Dealer License
Take rare plant species from Department lands for scientific, educational, or propagative purposes Division of Natural Areas Endangered Plant Scientific Collection Permit
Conduct archeological work on state-owned or state-managed lands Tennessee Division of Archaeology State Archeological Permit
Collect biological or geological materials, or air or water samples, or install research equipment on State Park land Tennessee State Parks Scientific Research and Collecting Permit