Is the sewer permit program new?

The requirement for FOG dischargers to obtain a Waste Discharge permit is new, however, Prior to 2018, staff from Sewer Authority Mid-Coast (SAM) performed random FOG inspections at restaurants and auto repair shops to ensure businesses were complying with Best Management Practices (BMPs) to prevent FOG from entering the City’s sewer collection system. In 2018, the City assumed responsibility to perform the FOG inspections annually.

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1. Who Needs a Waste Discharge Permit?
2. Why these facilities?
3. Why a permit?
4. What does the permit cover?
5. How do I know if I need to install or upgrade a pretreatment system?
6. When can I anticipate an inspection?
7. Doesn’t the county health department already inspect for compliance with sewer discharge requirements?
8. Will the permit change the way inspection and enforcement is conducted?
9. What are the penalties for noncompliance?
10. Is the sewer permit program new?
11. Are there fees associated with the permit?
12. How do I apply for the permit?
13. Who do I talk to for information and assistance with this program?