Application Fees. There are no application fees for ND Permits. However, there are annual operating fees. For new (first time) permits, the first year's fee must be paid in full before the permit can be issued. The first year's fee is not prorated.
Annual Fees. SC Regulation R.61-30, Environmental Protection Fees, allows the Bureau to charge an annual fee for persons holding a valid ND Permit on July 1 of each year. This annual operating fee is collected by DHEC through direct billing, usually in early fall of each year. For new ND permits, in accordance with R.61-30, the fee is paid up front without consideration for prorating the bill. The annual operating fees are as follows:
Facilities with five or less application sites:
Flow (gpd) *
|Greater than 4,999,999||$2,660|
|2,000,000 to 4,999,999||$2,130|
|1,000,000 to 1,999,999||$1,600|
|500,000 to 999,999||$1,330|
|100,000 to 499,999||$1,065|
|50,000 to 99,999||$800|
|0 to 49,999||$530|
* For domestic facilities, flow is based on permit flow. For industrial facilities, flow is based on actual maximum flow (i.e., greatest daily max. flow - cumulative of all pipes) during the previous fiscal year.
A base charge of $1,600, plus $800/site for the number of sites greater than five. The fee is not a function of flow.
For example, a facility with eight land application sites means the cost would be: $1,600 + 3($800) = $4,000
Once an ND permit is issued, fees are assessed annually to persons who hold effective permits on July 1st of each year. This includes non-operational facilities even if the facility has not been built and continues until the permit is canceled. Therefore, any facility with an active operating permit on July 1st is subject to the fee for the state Fiscal Year (July 1-June 30) with no proration of fees.
On existing facilities, inspection for closure by DHEC personnel does not automatically cancel a permit. Cancellation of a permit does not dismiss outstanding permit fees. It is a permittee's responsibility to advise DHEC in writing of any change and/or cancellation of a permit. If possible, for facilities that close toward the end of the Fiscal Year, it is recommended that requests for cancellation be submitted to the Bureau at least ninety (90) days prior to July 1. This will ensure the permit is canceled before July 1 so the facility will not be billed the next Fiscal Year for an active permit on a facility that has closed.