Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit Regulation [9 VAC 25 ‑ 31]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Amend the regulation to correspond with federal NPDES regulations and corrections of technical and style language
Action 5552
General Information
Action Summary The primary reason for this action is to incorporate the June 12, 2019 NPDES Applications and Program Updates rule that applies to 40 CFR 122.21 and 124 into 9VAC25-31-100 (Application for a permit). The rule modernizes and clarifies permit applications by including items such as email information and NAICS codes. Some of the amendments of the NPDES Program Update Rule are not included in this final exempt action because they are inconsistent with state statute (web based public notice allowances for VPDES draft permits) or were specific to EPA and unnecessary in the VPDES Permit Regulation. In addition to other incorporations and clarifications, other items included in this final agency action are: amending the entire VPDES permit regulation to make “storm water” (two words) to “stormwater” (one word) to be consistent with the USEPA NPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity and also the VPDES ISWGP; updating two definitions in 9VAC25-31-10 (Definitions) to be consistent with 40 CFR 122.26 and the ISWGP; updating the 40 CFR reference to July 1, 2019 (9VAC25-31-25); including a reference to VELAP requirements in 9VAC25-31-190 J 5; updating reference to wastewater works operator requirements license regulations to 18VAC160-30 (Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators Licensing Regulations in 9VAC25-31-200 C; and, correcting several citations throughout the regulation.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006 A 3 and 2.2-4006 A 4 c of the Administrative Process Act
RIS Project Yes  [006247]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8998 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/01/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Elleanore Daub 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)698-4067    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-