Non-Storm Water Discharge Licenses

Lake in Madison with buildings in background

To prevent pollution, we track non-storm water (wastewater) going into Madison storm sewers, lakes, and streams. We do this work under Ordinance 7.47. of the Madison General Ordinances.

You need a permit to discharge any non-storm wastewater.

Wastewater includes:

  • Noncontact cooling water
  • Process wastewater
  • Swimming pool backflush and draining
  • Any combination of these

You should fill out a permit application if you:

  • Are a new discharger and don’t have a permit
  • Have a permit, but need to make changes to your application

Getting a Discharge Permit

  1. Fill out an application

    Describe the location, source, and description of wastewater discharge. Use the best available information.

  2. Send your application to us

    Send your application with a $75 initial application fee* (check made out to City Treasurer) to:

    Public Health Madison & Dane County
    Attn: Discharge Permit
    210 MLK Jr. Blvd, Rm 507
    Madison, WI 53703

    *This Initial Application Fee ($75) is a non-refundable fee paid once for each permit and covers application, handling, and inspections.

  3. Once your application is approved

    When your application is approved by us and the City of Madison Engineering Division, you will get further instructions.

    If you have any questions, email us, or call (608) 243-0351.

    Annual Discharge Permit Fee

    You will need to pay this fee once a year. It covers the cost of monitoring the wastewater quality. It is based on the annual volume of wastewater discharge. The permit year begins July 1st.

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