Do I need a permit?
You need a permit if your facility discharges 30 days or more per year and at least one of the following:
- Produces more than 20,000 pounds of fish yearly.
- Feeds more than 5,000 pounds of fish food in any one month.
- We determine your facility contributes significantly to water pollution.
Application and forms
You must submit a permit application 180 days before new discharge or before your current permit expires.
Apply & change
Apply for coverage or change your coverage through your SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account.
Implement & comply
Why do we issue this permit?
Fish hatcheries play a vital role in Washington's economy, recreational industry, and wild species conservation. But, concentrated fish can produce pollution that is released by the hatchery's wastewater.
Contaminants can include:
We issue this permit to reduce these pollutants in state waters.
- Pathogens and parasites
- Medicine (like antibiotics)
- Organic waste (carcasses, fecal matter)
- Ammonia and nitrate
- Biochemical oxygen demand
- Disease control chemicals
- Sand, silt, and debris
Contact your permit administrator for assistance