Lake in Madison with buildings in background

To prevent pollution, we monitor non-storm water (wastewater) going into the City of Madison storm sewer system, lakes, streams and ground surface. This is done under Ordinance 7.47. of the Madison General Ordinances.

A permit is needed to discharge any non-storm wastewater. You should complete an application if you are:

  • A new (first time permit) discharger
  • A permit holder making changes from your previous 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 completed 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, contact Environmental Protection, or call (608) 243-0351.

    Annual Discharge Permit Fee

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