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The State of Texas Stormwater Permit Expired for All Construction Projects
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

On March 5, 2018, all stormwater permits filed under the general permit TXR150000 with the
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have expired. All construction sites now must refile
permit applications (Notice of Intent) to obtain stormwater permit coverage. The State of
Texas has given a 90 day time frame to get the new application filed with the TCEQ with NO
permits grandfathered. Each project that will be active or have stormwater exposure must be
covered with this new permit by June 3, 2018. If your project is going to be completed and
stabilized with vegetation before June 3, 2018 then no permit renewal is needed.


This new set of regulations will require your Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to be modified and the language changes appropriately addressed. Also the new Notice of Intent (permit
application) must be resubmitted to the municipal operator. The permitting submittal process
will also be modified. The State of Texas will no longer accept paper Notice of Intent submittals
as of September 1, 2018. The only way to file permits after the September deadline is via the
TCEQ online submittal system called STEERS.


The last modification of this permit is that construction companies must minimize the exposure of waste materials by closing the waste container lid at the end of each work day. If the waste container does not have a lid then a temporary lid must be applied to minimize exposure to waste from precipitation. If you would like additional information on the permit/regulation changes, please contact Merit Professional
Services for assistance.

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Shawn Patterson
CalAtlantic homes

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With multiple communities in the DFW Metroplex, and a growing list of new properties, we require diligent assistance keeping up with TCEQ required Stormwater Permits, and appropriate Amendments and Notices for each successive Phase in a development. That seems simple enough on the surface, but it is a moving target that requires constant follow up.

Recorded Plats and Address Plats often arrive just days prior to the start of a community, and if your team wasn’t on top of things, always watching and reporting progress in the field, we could have been in violation of TCEQ rules many times over. SWPPP books are delivered and distributed in quick fashion once we provide your team with the necessary documentation.

It is obvious Merit has our back, and it is a great comfort to know you are there for us. We appreciate you very much!

Charlene Planz
David Weekley Homes

I began working with Merit Professional Services in 2011. This firm has become our go-to vendor, for all of our storm water compliance, permitting, SWPPP and inspection needs. In a world where customer service and attention to detail appear to have become less of a priority, for most companies, Merit is the exception to that rule. I have no hesitation in recommending them. They have never failed to deliver on the high expectations that we have set and not only meet our expectations, but never cease to exceed them!

Chip G Boyd
CalAtlantic Homes, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas