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Water Quality Permits - NPDES Permit Template


The purpose of the NPDES permit templates is to improve permit consistency, and provide a transparent snapshot of DEQ's permit development process.

DEQ permit writers use the appropriate permit templates for all individual NPDES permits. The templates are available on DEQ’s website so permit holders and the public can have a detailed and informative overview of the permit development process followed by DEQ permit writers.

Features of the permit template:

  • Highlighted instructions. These call attention to language that may need to be tailored for particular permits.
  • Endnotes. These are designed to provide the legal basis and additional background on specific permit language.
  • Links to various documents developed to inform the permit development process.

DEQ revises the template on a regular basis.

Additional Information

Links to the various documents referred to in the Permit Template are listed below.

Contact Information

Questions and comments on the permit template may be submitted to William Knight, 503-229-6442


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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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