Forms, Permits and Applications

Regional Water Quality Control Plant - Industrial Waste Permitting
2501 Embarcadero Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Watershed Protection Group (650) 329-2122
Main Plant (650) 329-2598
Fax (650) 494-3531

Industrial Waste Permitting Department reviews plans for the following:
New facilities
"Spec" buildings
Buildings with elevators with discharge lines
Facilities with hazardous waste materials storage or use
Commercial facilities with discharges
Food service facilities
Buildings with loading docks
Buildings with cooling towers
Buildings with proposed high water use
Auto service 
Dry cleaners
Medical offices
Dental offices
Photo shops
Large multi-use residential projects
Projects with underground parking
Projects with swimming pools (other than single-use)                
Last Updated: Dec 4, 2014
Forms and Permit Applications
This section contains forms to print from your computer. You cannot submit the data online at this time.
Brief description on filling out Industrial Waste or Septic Hauler forms
Revision Date: 12/4/2014
Building Plan Submissions
Water Quality Questionnaire (Sewer Use Questionnaire) for new and remodel projects
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Common Review Comments And Corrections
Dental Practice Requirements and Information
Amalgam waste reduction requirements and other information
Requirements for dental facilities that remove or place amalgam fillings excerpted from the city of Palo Alto ordinance.
Revision Date: 6/5/2006
Dental office inspection checklist regarding amalgam waste management practices
Revision Date: 6/2/2006
Dental amalgam recovery program overview
Revision Date: 6/2/2006
Permit Issuance
A discharge permit is required for the discharge of any process water from the facilities or activities below.
Industrial waste discharge permit application (for discharge to the sanitary sewer system) for vehicle service facilities
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Application guidelines for dischargers of contaminated groundwater to the regional water quality control plant
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Discharge Application For Exceptional Wastewater form, Sampling Instructions and Designation of Authorized Representative Form used for: One Time Discharge<2000 gallons, One Time Discharge>2000 gallons, and other exceptions.
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
FAQs from Utilities Dept.
Revision Date: 7/2/2015
Industrial waste discharge permit application (for discharge to the sanitary sewer system) for machine shop facilities
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Silver Reduction Ordinance Treatment Compliance Plan And Permit Application for, Commercial Photoprocessing, Medical Practice, Professional Photography, Dental Practice, Printing Graphic Arts, and other
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Instructions for preparing a Toxic Organic Management Plan
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Revision Date: 3/31/2016
Revision Date: 7/1/2015
Revision Date: 12/4/2014
A list of topics that must be addressed in a Spill Control Plan
Revision Date: 7/2/2009
Report Forms
Various reports require the signature of a principal executive officer of at least the level of vice-president if the permittee is a corporation OR a general partner or proprietor if the permittee is a partnership or sole proprietorship.
Revision Date: 7/2/2009
Emergency shutdown groundwater discharger contact information and emergency shutdown procedures
Revision Date: 6/4/2007
Ground Water PRCC/GSAR - Groundwater semi-annual report
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Sampling Instructions and Guidelines
Sampling is required from all dischargers to the Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP)
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Industrial wastewater sampling instructions
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Industrial users self-monitoring log
Revision Date: 6/6/2006
Sewer Use Ordinance - Chapter 16.09
Chapter 16.09 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code regulates discharges to the sanitary sewer, storm drain system, creeks and the Bay.
The Palo Alto Sewer Use Ordinance regulates discharges to to sanitary sewer system, the storm drain system, creeks and the Bay.
Revision Date: 7/14/2010