Permits

To protect people’s health and Virginia’s natural resources, DEQ issues environmental permits to businesses, local governments, and state and federal facilities. Permits establish safe limits for pollution and protect our air, water and land.

DEQ inspects permitted facilities or operations to ensure that regulations are being followed and permit conditions are being met.  DEQ performs thousands of inspections each year.  In 2013, approximately 7,372 inspections were conducted.

Air

  • In 2015, DEQ’s Air Division conducted 586 full compliance evaluations (FCEs), and 249 partial compliance evaluations (PCEs) for a total of 835 total onsite air inspections. 

Water

  • In the Water Division, the agency performed 542 inspections for Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) and Concentrated Animal Feeing Operations (CAFOs), 1,594 for biosolids, 11 for groundwater withdrawal inspections, as well as 952 Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (VPDES) and Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) inspections in the industrial sector -- for a total of 3,099 water inspections.

Land Protection and Revitalization

  • The Land Division was responsible for inspections for solid/hazardous waste, Underground Storage Tanks (UST), and Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST), for a total of 3,400.

Partnerships and public participation are essential for the successful management of Virginia's natural resources. To accomplish its mission and to ensure appropriate management of Virginia's environmental permit programs, DEQ maintains a consistent and cooperative working relationship with the citizens of the Commonwealth. Connect with DEQ for more information.

    

Recent Permits Issued by DEQ

 Year

Water 

Air

Waste

 

VPDES
IP/GP

VWP
IP/GP

 NSR

SOP

TV

Major

Minor

PBR

 2010

 144/580

36/225

333

65

43

 

 

 

 2011

176/2894 

27/209 

340

52

51

 

 

 

 2012

205/242 

33/217

310

57

62

 

 

 

 2013

189/250 

28/238

 271

50

40 

 

 

 

 Totals

714/3966 

124/889 

 1254

 224

196

 44

283 

34 

VPDES = Virginia Pollution Elimination System (point source permits)
VWP = Virginia Water Protection Permit (wetlands)
NSR = New Source Review
SOP = State Operating Permit
TV = Title Five
Major = Solid Waste Major Amendment
Minor = Solid Waste Minor Amendment
PBR = Permit By Rule

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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