Sand & Gravel General Permit

The Sand and Gravel General Permit regulates discharges of process water, stormwater, and water from mine dewatering into waters of the state associated with sand and gravel operations, rock quarries, and similar mining operations. The permit also covers concrete batch operations and hot mix asphalt operations.

Untreated water that discharges from sand and gravel operations may harm fish, aquatic life, and water quality.

The modified permit went into effect April 1, 2018 and expires March 31, 2021.

Sand & Gravel General Permit

Permit reissuance

The current permit expires on March 31, 2021. The permit reissuance process includes informal listening sessions, a formal public comment period on the draft permit, and formal public meetings and hearings. We plan to make a permit reissuance decision at the end of this process in February of 2021.

Changes to the permit that are being considered include:

  • Clarifying requirements for active / inactive facilities
  • Clarifying and streamlining permittee inspection requirements
  • Other issues that may be identified through informal listening sessions

Timeline

Spring 2020: Informal listening sessions took place April 1 and 2, 2020. View Listening Session Presentation (PDF)
Fall 2020: Formal Public Comment period on the draft permit
February 2021: Decision on reissuance
March 2021: Current permit expires

Do I need a permit?

You may need a Sand and Gravel General Permit if your facility:

  • Discharges process water, stormwater, or mine dewatering water into waters of the state.
  • Is associated with sand and gravel operations, concrete batch plants, or asphalt batch plants.

You may need a portable operation permit if you move from site to site to:

  • Crush rock
  • Make concrete
  • Make asphalt

Apply for a Sand & Gravel General Permit

Apply through SecureAccess Washington and use the WQWebPortal to submit your e-NOI.

Portable operation forms

Change your Sand & Gravel General Permit

Implement & comply

Information about past permit reissuance events, documents, presentations, and expired permits

For help, contact:

For facilities located in the following counties:

Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Stephanie Giesin
stephanie.giesin@ecy.wa.gov
509-454-7869

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Cindy Huwe
cynthia.huwe@ecy.wa.gov
509-457-7105

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009

For facilities located in the following counties:

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Annie Simpson

509-329-3565

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Annie Simpson
annie.simpson@ecy.wa.gov
509-329-3565

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Manager
Washington State Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 North Monroe Street, Suite 202
Spokane WA 99205-1295

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties
Stephanie Barney
stephanie.barney@ecy.wa.gov
360-255-4390

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Tricia Miller
tricia.miller@ecy.wa.gov
425-649-7201

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, or Wahkiakum counties

Jessica McConnell
jessica.mcconnell@ecy.wa.gov
360-690-4796

 

Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, or Pierce counties

Eli Newby
eli.newby@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6292

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Carey Cholski
carey.cholski@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6279

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
P.O. Box 47775
Olympia WA 98504-7775