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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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How Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit Fees Are Determined


For more detail on how the fee for your business will be assessed, please contact Dan Parnell, Industrial Permitting Manager, 503-823-7568.

Permit Fee Methodology

The Permit Fee methodology consists of the following components:

  • BASE FEE—This fee is based on permit type: Categorical Industrial User, Significant Industrial User, Non-Significant Industrial User, or Non-Discharging Categorical Industrial User.
  • COMPLIANCE MONITORING COSTS—These are the actual costs for Environmental Services staff to sample and analyze an industrial user’s wastewater for permit compliance.
  • ENFORCEMENT COSTS—This fee will be based on Environmental Services’ costs to administer each enforcement action.
  • DEQ-PERMIT FEE (if applicable)—The annual DEQ-permit fee will be added for categorical and significant industrial users.

The base fee will change each year. Compliance monitoring costs should remain consistent during an industry’s 5-year permit cycle. Enforcement costs will depend on each permittee’s compliance history in the previous year. Fewer violations could mean lower costs.

 Updated: September 19, 2017