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Multi-Sector General Permit

Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity
Permit Documents
Application Documents
Reporting Forms
Assistance Documents

Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity

MSGP logo imageThe MSGP is a federally mandated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit that covers new and existing discharges of stormwater from industrial facilities.  Industrial facilities conduct activities and use materials that have the potential to impact the quality of Vermont’s waters. The permit requires facilities to examine potential sources of pollution, implement measures to reduce the risk of stormwater contamination, and test stormwater discharges for sources of pollution.

In Vermont, DEC is the permitting authority and administers the MSGP. Permit coverage is required by private and municipal industries identified on the MSGP Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code list.

On August 4, 2011 the Agency issued the 2011 MSGP, which will expire August 4, 2016. This permit replaced the 2006 MSGP.

**Draft Permit Public Notice**
The Department has issued the Draft Multi-Sector General Permit for public comment from Tuesday, February 21, 2017 through the close of business (4:30pm) on Monday, April 3, 2017. A public information meeting was held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The department will reissue the general permit once there is a set protocol for the new eDMR Rule. Please see below for the Draft Permit and associated documents.. 

** Permit Renewal Information**
The 2011 MSGP will be administratively continued. As such, all current authorizations will remain in full force and effect until a replacement permit is issued.

If you are currently authorized, there is nothing you can do to renew your permit at this time. Our office will notify you as soon as action is required. You do not need to contact us. A timeline to re-authorization is unknown. Visit our contacts page if you have inquiries about the MSGP.

For reference, the language regarding continuation of permit coverage can be found in the MSGP, Sections 1.4.3 and B.2 (excerpts are below):

1.4.3 Continuation of this Permit. If this permit is not reissued or replaced prior to the expiration date, it will be administratively continued in accordance with 40 CFR 122.6 and remain in force and effect. If you were authorized to discharge under this permit prior to the expiration date, any discharges authorized under this permit will automatically remain covered by this permit until the earliest of:

  • Your authorization for coverage under a reissuance or replacement of this permit following your timely and appropriate submittal of a complete NOI requesting authorization to discharge under the new permit and compliance with the requirements of the new permit; or
  • Your submittal of a Notice of Termination; or
  • Issuance or denial of an individual permit for the facility’s discharges; or
  • A formal permit decision by the Secretary not to reissue this general permit, at which time the permittee must seek coverage under an alternative general permit or an individual permit.

B.2 Duty to Reapply. If you wish to continue an activity regulated by this permit after the expiration date of this permit, you must apply for and obtain authorization as required by the new permit once the Secretary issues it.

A current list of all authorizations under the MSGP is available by clicking the link below:

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination system (NPDES) Permits: Authorizations under the MSGP (3-9003)

Permit Documents

Final 2011 MSGP

Final Permit Factsheet - The MSGP Factsheet summarizes the major changes between the 2006 MSGP and the new 2011 MSGP.

Response to Comments received during the public comment period.

Application Documents

The public comment period for the 2017 MSGP ended on Monday, April 2017.

The MSGP will be reissued once the department has a set protocol for the eDMR Rule. 
Once reissued, the department will notify all existing MSGP facilities with directions on how to reapply. We thank you for your patience.

The department is not accepting reapplications at this time, so please do not reapply until the new 2017 MSGP is reissued.

If you are a new facility or currently unpermitted and need coverage as soon as possible, then you may apply with the current MSGP application materials below. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Environmental Analyst at 


Applications must be submitted via ANR online through Watershed Managment Division's generic intake form.

  • NOI - Notice of Intent (NOI) Application form for new and unpermitted facilities that do not qualify for the No Exposure Conditional Exclusion. For assistance with completing the NOI, see the NOI Instruction Sheet.
  • 2006 SWPPP Template and Instruction Booklet - The SWPPP Template and Instruction Booklet were designed for the 2006 MSGP but may be used for the 2011 MSGP, along with the SWPPP Update Factsheet
  • NOX - If your facility qualifies for the No Exposure Conditional Exclusion, please use this form. To determine if your facility qualifies for this exclusion, please see the EPA No Exposure Guidance Manual.
  • MSGP Change in Operator Instructions - MSGP authorizations cannot be transferred.  When there is a change in operators or operations at a facility you must submit the following:
    • Notice of Termination (NOT) from previous operator
    • Notice of Intent (NOI) from the new/current operator
    • Updated SWPPP for the new operator
    • Payment of complete application review fees of $680.00 ($240.00 admin processing fee and $440.00 application review fee)

Reporting Forms

  • Discharge Monitoring Report Form for Quarterly Benchmark, Impaired Waters, and Effluent Limitation monitoring
  • Annual Report - Permittees are now required to submit annual reports summarizing their annual comprehensive site inspection and corrective actions taken during the year for the MSGP.  Annual reports are due no later than October 15th of every year. *NEW* Annual Reports can now be submitted via ANRonline.  Please refer to MSGP Annual Inpsection Report Instructions for more information.  Please note this document contains all the questions that are required to answer on your report.  Once you are able to answer all the questions, follow MSGP ANR Online Account Setup to set up your account.  A fillable PDF is available by request.
  • Notice of Termination Form

Assistance Documents

        Guidance for Monitoring and Reporting at Mineral Mining Facilities - This guidance is intended to assist facility operators understand the seperate and distinct requirements of the MSGP authorizations and Wastewater authorizations

EPA Industrial Sector Fact Sheets - These fact sheets summarize the types of facilities included in each of the 29 sectors regulated under the 2011 MSGP, the pollutants associated with this sector, and the types of stormwater control measures generally used.

How to determine that Latitude and Longitude for your facility:

  • To complete the NOI and NOX forms, facility operators must determine the latitude and longitude of the approximate center of the facility in decimal degrees (for example, latitude: 44.260059, longitude: -72.575386).
  • You may use the VTANR Natural Resource Atlas to determine the latitude and longitude for your facility
  • Click on "Find Tools" then "Find by Address". Enter the address for your facility.  When you find your location, click on "Find Tools" then "Click for XY".  Click on your facility to get the Lat/Long. 

Impaired Waterbody Status

  • To complete the NOI form, facility operators must determine if their facility discharges stormwater to an impaired waterbody. Impaired waters are listed in the 303(d) List and Part D of the List of Priority Surface Waters. Search these 2 documents for the receiving water for your facility.
  • EPA-approved 303d List of Impaired Waters (Part A) (For impaired waters without a TMDL)
  • List of Priority Surface Waters (Part D) (For impaired waters with a TMDL)
  • Outstanding Resource Waters (ORWs) - To complete the NOI, facility operators must determine if their facility discharges into an Outstanding Resource Water.

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