Permitting Time Frames


Applications for the following permits are subject to Permitting (Licensing) Time Frames (State Law A.R.S. § 9-835), which limits the number of business days the City of Phoenix has to review your project. The Permitting (Licensing) Time Frames are summarized in the table below.

Users of the City of Phoenix Sanitary Sewer

Permit Type Administrative Completeness Review Substantive Review Overall Time Frame
Manhole Entry/Temporary Discharge to Sanitary Sewer 3 7 10
New Wastewater Discharge Permit - Simple 30 60 90
New Wastewater Discharge Permit - Complex 45 135 180
Renewed Wastewater Discharge Permit 30 60 90
Alternative designs, installations, or operational features to a Wastewater Discharge Permit (see Note 4) - 10 (see Note 4) -

NOTES:

1. Definitions

The terms “Licensing” (Permitting) and “Working Day” are defined in State Law A.R.S. § 9-831. These are the number of days (business days excluding Sat, Sun, and all legal holidays) that the City of Phoenix has to process the application and come to a final decision following receipt by the appropriate Section within the Environmental Services Division. The counting of days may be stopped to request additional information from the applicant.

2. Information Request – Mutual Agreement Application.

State Law A.R.S. § 9-835(G) allows the City of Phoenix and the applicant to mutually agree in writing to allow the City of Phoenix to submit supplemental requests for additional information. The substantive review time frame and the overall time frame will be suspended from the date the request is issued until the date the City of Phoenix receives the additional information from the applicant. The Information Request – Mutual Agreement Application is a voluntary agreement designed to allow flexibility in the permitting (licensing) process and to avoid unnecessary delays, fees, and/or denial of the application due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.

3. Time Frame Extension – Mutual Agreement Application.

State Law A.R.S. § 9-835(H) allows the City of Phoenix and the applicant to mutually agree in writing to extend the substantive review time frame and the overall time frame of a permitting (licensing) process by up to 25% of the overall time frame. The Time Frame Extension – Mutual Agreement Application is a voluntary agreement designed to allow flexibility in the permitting (licensing) process and to avoid unnecessary delays, fees, and/or denial of the application due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.

4. Alternative Requests.

Each request for an alternative design, installation, or operational feature adds ten (10) business days to the substantive review time-frame.

5. 3rd Review Denial.

Applications found to be incomplete following the third (3rd) Administrative and/or Substantive Review will be denied for permitting (licensing) and required to reapply.

6. No Action Denial – Incomplete Application.

Applications returned for incompleteness following Administrative and/or Substantive Review must be completed and resubmitted within the time frame specified. No action by an applicant within 45-days of a returned application will result in denial for permitting (licensing).

7. Licensing time frames for Construction Permits.

Licensing time frames for Construction Permits necessary for the installation of Pretreatment Devices and Compliance Sampling Point Vaults are published and maintained by the City of Phoenix Planning Development Department.

8. Preemption.

To the extent that compliance with the licensing time frame provisions in A.R.S. § 9-831 through 9-840 conflicts with the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq., the federal Pretreatment Program regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 403, or permits issued to and by the City pursuant to that authority, the requirements of the federal law or permit are presumed to control.


Document Directory

Forms
Wastewater Discharge Permit Application
Temporary Discharge Permit Application
Permitting Timeframe Extension - Mutual Agreement Application
Permitting Information Request - Mutual Agreement Application
Application to Review Public Records

Codes and Policies
Phoenix City Code Chapter 28 - Sewers
Code of Federal Regulations Title 40 - Protection of Environment
2006 Uniform Plumbing Code - July 2, 2008 Phoenix Amendment
Phoenix City Code Chapter 32C - Stormwater Quality Protection
Stormwater Management Plan Substantive Policy