Animal Waste Permit Renewal Information – Important

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Information provided by Christine B. Lawson, Engineer III with Division of Water Resources and the permit application packet.

Every 5 years, NC State Non-Discharge general permits for animal waste management systems are updated. There is a process to update the permits that involves stakeholder and farmer feedback which happened in 2023. The Animal Feeding Operations section of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) uses feedback to consider development of the new permits. The current permit expires on September 30, 2024. The new general permits will have an effective date of October 1, 2024 and remain effective until September 30, 2029. Each facility will be covered under an animal waste general permit by issuance of a certificate of coverage for the respective permit.

Applications were mailed around February 9th to farms. Applications are due by April 3rd. NC DEQ-DWR must RECEIVE the application by April 3rd, which is 180 days prior to the expiration of the current general permits.This is EXTREMELY important for two reasons:

  1. The current permit requires a farm to apply for renewal at least 180 days prior to expiration.
  2. If for any reason the new permits are not out by October 1 or if they are stayed by a court, etc., then only those who apply for renewal in a timely manner can continue to be covered under their existing permits until the new one is effective. To be considered to have applied in a timely manner, it must be 180 days prior to expiration.

Submit applications by email to or mail to NCDEQ-DWR, Animal Feeding Operations Program, 1636 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1636.

Look at your 2019 renewal information on Laserfiche. Go to On home page you will see a GREEN highlighted link that says Laserfiche Document Search. Search by entering your FACILITY NUMBER. Example: for permit number AWS090999 – the facility number is 090999.

What is needed?

Submit one (1) copy of the Certified Animal Waste Management Plan (CAWMP) with the completed and signed application as required by NC General Statutes 143-215.10C(d), either by mailing to the address or email listed.

The CAWMP must include the following components:

  1. The most recent Waste Utilization Plan (WUP), signed by the owner and a certified technical specialist, containing:
    a) The method by which waste is applied to the disposal fields (e.g. irrigation, injection, etc.)
  2. b)  A map of every field used for land application (for example: irrigation map)
    c)  The soil series present on every land application field
    d)  The crops grown on every land application field
    e)  The Realistic Yield Expectation (RYE) for every crop shown in the WUP
    f)  The maximum PAN to be applied to every land application field
    g)  The waste application windows for every crop utilized in the WUP
    h)  The required NRCS Standard specifications
  3. A site map/schematic
    3. Emergency Action Plan
    4. Insect Control Checklist with chosen best management practices noted
    5. Odor Control Checklist with chosen best management practices noted
    6. Mortality Control Checklist with selected method
  4. Lagoon/storage pond capacity documentation (design, calculations, etc.) Please be sure the table is accurate and complete. Also provide any site evaluations, wetland determinations, or hazard classifications that may be applicable to your facility.
  5. Operation and Maintenance Plan

If your CAWMP includes any components not shown on this list, please include the additional components with your submittal. (e.g. composting, digesters, solids separators, sludge drying system, waste transfers, etc.)

If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out and I will be happy to help you get the information together.