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Water Programs

Non-Domestic Wastewater/NPDES

Non-Domestic Wastewater/National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program

The Non-Domestic Wastewater/NPDES Program's Mission: To Protect Broward County's Water Resources by Reducing Storm water/Nonpoint Source Pollution.

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Program Description: 

The Program is responsible for licensing all facilities with non-domestic direct discharges entering Broward County's ground and surface waters. Additionally, program staff coordinate the County's NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit with 26 municipalities, FDOT, and Broward Municipal Service District (BMSD). This storm water program is designed to identify urban non-point source pollution and abate sources through Best Management Practices. 

The MS4 permit was first issued December 1996 and summarizes the program activities for the next five years.  The current Broward County MS4 Permit (cycle 4) was issued on January 5, 2017.


Development and Environmental Review Approval

This county-wide activity takes place prior to the issuance of a building permit by the County or any municipal building department. Plans are reviewed for compliance with all environmental requirements and plat approval conditions. Additionally, impact/concurrency fees may be assessed if required. 

Details on submitting a plan review.   

Cooling Towers

Property owners shall obtain a cooling tower license to operate a new cooling tower including tower replacement after May 31st, 2012. Licenses shall be renewed annually on or before March 31st each year.  
Broward County’s licensing requirements


Outreach and Public Engagement

The Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department engages in numerous outreach activities.  A list of activities/events can be viewed by visiting the webpage www.broward.org/Environment.  This year, as part of our MS4 permit, we are focusing on pet waste or “Scoop the Poop” campaigns.
Pet Waste
Did you know there are bacteria, viruses and parasites in dog poop?  One (1) gram of dog feces contains about 2.3 million fecal coliform bacteria.  Help protect our waterways by remembering that it's your DOO-TY to pick it up.  
Help us learn about pet waste practices in your neighborhood by filling out the Dog Waste Survey below. Your responses provide valuable feedback on environmental stewardship in your neighborhood and may help drive where our pet waste outreach efforts are concentrated.  
 City of Hallandale Beach resident and her "furever friend" pledging to always Scoop the Poop at the Pet Palooza. 
Pet Waste Emblem/Slogan for Residents
Broward County residents are invited to participate in the Pet Waste Emblem/Slogan Contest by creating a poster that shows the importance of why pet owners should clean up after their pets.  Pet waste that is left in yards, on the street or dumped into storm drains, goes straight into our waterways when it rains.  Scooping your pet’s poop is not just a courtesy, it is the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do: also, IT IS THE LAW!
This contest is free and open to all students from Broward County.  
Contest Rules:
  • The logo shall be one scene and the slogan shall be no more than 9 words.  
  • Entries shall be received by the Broward County Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division, NPDES & Non-Domestic no later than October 25, 2019.   The mailing address is 1 North University Drive, Mailbox 201, Plantation, Florida 33324.  High quality PDF will also be acceptable and must be emailed to NDDLicense@broward.org.
  • Entries must be mailed flat and must not be folded, matted or mounted.
  • Poster size shall be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches.  Logo size shall not be smaller than 3 x 3 inches.  
  • Only original work will be considered.
  • On a separate sheet of paper, provide the following information and attach it to the poster:   Name, Email address and Paragraph explaining your logo/slogan (no more than 75 words).  
  • Parent Release form is required and must be submitted along with artwork for residents under the age of 18. Email NDDLicense@broward.org to receive the form. 
Judging: 
  • Effectiveness and relevance to the theme (70%):  Does the emblem/slogan effectively illustrate the intent of the contest and does it express the environmental message?
  • Creativity and neatness (30%):  Does the submitter use creative forms of expression and is the poster neat and easily understood?
Winners:
The winning entry will be featured on our outreach webpage.   Up to three (3) honorable mentions will also be selected. Posters submitted for the contest may be used for educational purposes and will become the property of Broward County.  


Reporting Environmental Concerns in the County

Environmental complaints can be reported 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to 954-519-1499 or online using the Online Complaint Form. Regular business hours are from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please call the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000 during regular business hours.

Prohibitions

No new non-domestic discharges have been allowed in Broward County since 1984 except for a limited number of facilities who have successfully petitioned for a variance from the Broward County Code of Ordinances. A variance is required to receive a license for any new non-domestic direct discharge. Following the successful petition for a variance, the business owner may apply for a license.  

Renewal applications for previously issued licenses must be submitted annually. 

Non-domestic (industrial) activity forms can be found on the forms section of the Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division's site.