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Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit

The Agency re-issued the MS4 General Permit on September 28, 2023.  Please review the Final MS4 GP, Response to Comments, and Factsheet for more information.

On July 27, 2018, Vermont's MS4 Permit was issued.  This MS4 permit is the third MS4 General Permit issued by the State of Vermont.  The first MS4 permit was issued in 2003 and amended in 2004 and the next was issued in 2012.  The 2018 permit authorizes stormwater discharges within the Urbanized Areas of the following small MS4s: Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski, the University of Vermont, and the Burlington International Airport.

Concurrent with the 2012 MS4 permit issuance, the Department has designated those portions of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems that discharge to the stormwater impaired waters. The designated small MS4s, within the stormwater impaired watersheds, are operated by the City of Rutland, the Town of Rutland, the City of St. Albans, the Town of St. Albans, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation within the geographic boundaries of the stormwater impaired watersheds in the municipalities listed above. 

For more information on the MS4 permit, contact Christy Witters at (802) 490-6173 or at, Emily Schelley at (802) 490-6172 or at, or Sam Hughes at (802) 261-1865 or at