Storm Water Quality (SWQ) Permit

Engineering Services - Utilities - HPWOCE1030
Contact
Houston Public Works
Engineering Services - Utilities

1002 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

832.394.9138
8 am to 3 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$355.73 (see Conditions & Exceptions)
Admin fee
$29.64
Inspection fee
$79.82 ( re inspection only)
Renewal fee
177.83
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
2-10 business days

About

SWQ Permit is a permit that is required as part of the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) from the State of Texas. A development is required to have this permit when it meets the definition of "new development" or "significant redevelopment" specified in Sec. 47-601 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances. Once issued, this permit is for the life of the site and must be renewed annually.

After Approval

A copy of the approved SWQMP shall be given to the owner for his/her use after the initial permit issuance by the consulting engineer that developed the report. The owner of the site is responsible for keeping a record of the internal inspections, permits issued by COH and making sure that the permit is renewed annually.

Conditions & Exceptions

Condition: SWQ permit is for the life of the site and must be renewed annually. The owner of the site is responsible for this permit. If there's a change in ownership or a change in the design, the permit must be amended to reflect the change. There is a fee of $207.47 for amendments. Exception: If the site is covered under TCEQ Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP), then a SWQ permit is not required.

 

Statutory Authority
What You Need

1. New permit application fee 2. Storm Water Quality Permit Application Form 3. Owner's Affidavit - Original Certification Form 4. Engineer's Certification Form 5. Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) document

Apply in Person

City of Houston Storm Water Quality Permitting 1002 Washington Avenue, 2nd FL Houston, TX 77002

Apply by Mail

City of Houston Storm Water Quality Permitting 1002 Washington Avenue, 2nd FL Houston, TX 77002

Apply by Fax

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Conditions & Exceptions

Refer to Sec 47-631 and 47-632 of the Code of Ordinances: https://library.municode.com/tx/houston/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId…

What You Need

Once the project (SWQ portion) is complete, the engineer shall submit the Post Construction Certification - Original Certification Form. This will initiate our inspection process. Inspection will be unannounced. Additional inspections might be conducted as needed.

Conditions & Exceptions

Compliance, Inspections and Investigation is referred on Sec 47-613 of the Code of Ordinances: https://library.municode.com/tx/houston/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId… It is the responsibility of the owner to regularly inspect the site per the SWQMP document created for the site.

What You Need

For renewal, submit the following: 1. Renewal fee 2. Storm Water Quality Permit Application Form. 3. Storm Water Quality Management Plan Owner’s Affidavit – Annual Renewal Form. 4. Storm Water Quality Management Plan Post Construction Certification – Annual Renewal Form. 5. If feature is a hydrodynamic separator, include a copy of the waste manifest for cleaning the feature or the inspection form showing that the feature is within the manufacturer’s specifications 6. Include several (time and date stamped if possible) pictures of the permitted feature: a. At least one location-establishing picture that shows the feature and something identifiable in the back ground. b. Additional pictures that demonstrate that the storm water quality feature is in good repair; these pictures should show: • the erosion control around inlets to a detention pond • the side slopes of a detention pond • the trash rack and the flow restriction outlet for a detention pond, or • the insides of any hydrodynamic separator For Amendment, submit the following: 1. Amendment fee 2. Storm Water Quality Permit Application Form. 3. Storm Water Quality Management Plan Owner’s Affidavit – Original Certification Form. 4. Engineer's Certification Form (if needed) 5. Amended Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) document (if needed)

Renew Online

Email completed renewal application packet to [email protected]. A sales order will be generated and the fees can be paid online via iPermits Portal.

Renew in Person

City of Houston Storm Water Quality Permitting 1002 Washington Avenue, 2nd FL Houston, TX 77002

Renew by Mail

City of Houston Storm Water Quality Permitting 1002 Washington Avenue, 2nd FL Houston, TX 77002

Conditions & Exceptions

For Renewal: Submit the renewal package at least 30 days prior to permit expiration. For Amendment: 1. For ownership change: Submit the amendment package within 30 days of transfer of ownership 2. For design change: Submit the amendment package along with other submission of permitting/plan review with the City For Renewal: If the permit is delinquent, the missing renewal fees must be paid in addition to the current renewal fee. For Amendment: The permit must be current (renewed) in order for the permit to be amended.