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Standard Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit
Required by “Critical Users” or “Significant Industrial Users” and valid for a maximum of 5 years.
  • "Critical User" is a discharger whose wastewater contains priority pollutants, i.e., Pollutants of Concern or Corrosive Matter, or discharges in excess of one hundred thousand (100,000) gallons per day.
  • Significant Industrial User" refers to a facility that:
    • Has processes subject to categorical pretreatment standards from the Code of Federal Regulations Sections: 405-424 and 425-471. This also includes “Zero Discharge Categorical User,” an industrial facility that has any connection to the sanitary sewer system but does not discharge wastewater from the categorical process to the sanitary sewer.
    • Discharges an average of 25,000 gallons per day or more of process wastewater to the sanitary system (excluding sanitary, noncontact cooling and boiler blowdown wastewater)
    • Contributes a process waste stream which makes up five percent or more of the average dry weather hydraulic or organic capacity of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility; or has a reasonable potential for adversely affecting the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility’s operation or for violating any pretreatment standard or requirement.

To apply, download and complete a Wastewater Discharge Permit Application.

Please mail the permit application with the appropriate fee to:

City of San José, Environmental Services Department
Watershed Protection, Environmental Engineering
200 East Santa Clara Street, 7th Floor
San José, CA 95113