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Division of Water

Division of Water
Wastewater Discharge

All discharges to waters of the Commonwealth require a permit through the Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES).  Such permits include effluent limitations that are developed from technology-based and water quality-based criteria.  The General Procedures for Limitations Development describes how the Division of Water determines what effluent limitations will be included in a KPDES permit and how those effluent limitations are developed.

PDES forms and information for permit applications for Individual Permits, General Permits, Kentucky Inter-System Operations Permits, Kentucky No Discharge Operational Permits, and the One-Time Discharge Program are available below.Click here to review the surface water permit fees as established in 401 KAR 5:310.

The various types of discharge permits are listed in the table below. Review and download permit applications or go to each site linked in the table for more information.

KPDES Individual Permit Forms and information

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 KPDES Individual Permits

Program/Permit Name
Program/Permit Description
Permit Application Form
Form 1 - Submit with all KPDES applications for individual permits
Operations that are defined as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) pursuant to 401 KAR 5:060, Section 10, are required to obtain a KPDES permit.
Form B  Form B - For concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that propose to have a point-source discharge
Municipalities with combined sewer systems must include all wet weather discharge points in the discharge permit applications for their respective publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).
Form A  Form A - For municipal wastewater discharges
DOW reviews and approves all permit applications for industries as well as all domestic or sanitary wastewater treatment facilities.
Form C  Form C - For process wastewater discharges associated with manufacturing establishments and mining operations
KPDES is responsible for reviewing and approving all industrial wastewater discharges, including coal facilities.
Form C  Form C - For process wastewater discharges associated with manufacturing establishments and mining operations
DOW reviews and approves all permit applications for municipalities as well as all domestic or sanitary wastewater treatment facilities.
Form A  Form A - For municipal wastewater discharges
DOW coordinates the registration of oil and gas tank batteries, transport off-site of produced water (TOS) and holding pit construction permits.
DOW reviews, approves and oversees pretreatment programs for industrial discharges to publicly owned wastewater treatment works.
(see Pretreatment page for report forms)
DOW reviews and approves all domestic or sanitary wastewater treatment facilities.
Form SC  Form SC - For services, wholesale and retail trade, and all other establishments that have sanitary and/or non-process discharges
DOW reviews and approves permit applications for stormwater point source discharges. This includes stormwater runoff associated with industrial activity, construction activities and stormwater runoff from municipal storm separate sewer systems (MS4s).
Form F  Form F - For individual permit coverage for stormwater associated industrial activity

 General Permits


No Discharge Operational Permit - Closed loop and spray irrigation systems


​No Discharge Operational Permit - Small and Medium Animal Feeding Operations (AFO)​


Coal Mining Operations (Renewal 2014 - permit splits Kentucky east and west - KYGE4 and KYGW4 )

Inactive Mine Lands

​Construction Material Manufacturing Operations (concrete and asphalt plants) New General Permit


​Orphan Landfills with Leachate Discharges


​General Aviation Airports


​KYG20 – Phase II small MS4


​On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems Serving Individual Family Residences


​Highway Maintenance and Equipment Facilities​


​Drinking Water Production


​Public Swimming and Bathing Facilities - New GP


​Noncoal (Mineral) Mining Operations


​Pesticide Application


​Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities​


​Stormwater Construction1,2


Change in Ownership Certification​


​No Discharge Certification


​Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities - No Exposure

Note 1

Notice of Termination (Terminate coverage for any KPDES General Permit)1

Antidegradation (Additional information for some general and individual permits)

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan / Best Management Practices Plan (Additional information for some permits)


*A facility covered by an expired General Permit (GP) continues to be covered until the GP is reissued and in the interim shall comply with the expired GP.  This GP is currently not available for new coverage.  If a new KPDES permit is required, apply for an Individual Permit.

The Notice of Termination form has changed

The KYR10 Notice of Intent has changed


 Kentucky Inter-System Operations Permits (formerly KIMOP)

Form KISOP  Form KISOP - DOW reviews and authorizes publicly or privately owned sewer systems that discharge to a WWTP or a sewer system that is owned by another person.

 Kentucky No Discharge Operational Permits (KNDOP)

For facilities that do not have a point source discharge but use other means of disposal such as land application, subsurface injection, closed circuit, etc.
For agricultural waste handling systems that do not have a point source discharge (also used for obtaining a construction permit).
Kentucky No Discharge Operational Permit for Agricultural Wastes Handling System - For facilities that handle agricultural wastes.

 One-Time Discharge Program


​For off-permit authorization for a one-time or temporary discharge of pollutants to the waters of the Commonwealth.  Examples of OTDs potentially covered by this One-Time Discharge program include maintenance or repair of systems, hydrostatic tests of pipelines or of field-built, above-ground tanks, farm pond drainage, construction excavation de-watering, oil and gas pit close out, and fire system testing.