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Surface Water Protection | Pesticide General Permit (PGP)

Surface Water Protection Permit

AZPDES Pesticide General Permit

Revised on: Aug 4, 2023 - 12:09 p.m.

An Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) authorizes point source discharges from the application of pesticides to Arizona's protected surface waters.

This permit is for operators who discharge biological pesticides or chemical pesticides that leave a residue and are used for:

  • mosquito and other flying insect control
  • weed, algae and vegetation (herbaceous and woody) control
  • animal pest control
  • forest canopy pest control

Coverage under the general permit is valid during the five-year term of the permit. Permittees must pay an annual fee.

The 2021 general permit is effective as of Oct. 8, 2021, and replaces the 2011 general permit. The 2021 general permit includes protections for non-WOTUS protected surface waters, incorporating Arizona’s new Surface Water Protection Program (SWPP)1 | Visit SWPP Page >


This/these form(s) is/are needed to apply for coverage under the PGP: 

* ADEQ's PGP does not require all pesticide dischargers to submit an NOI to obtain coverage. Only operators that propose to discharge to waters classified as aquatic and wildlife (warm or cold water), an impaired water, an Outstanding Arizona Water, an effluent dependent water, or as part of a specific approval must submit an NOI to obtain permit coverage | View Section 2.4 of the permit > 

Use this form to request termination of your coverage under the PGP. 

Use this form to submit your Annual Report. Refer to PGP for due dates and compliance information. 

Use this template to create your PDMP. 


Application fees are based on whether there will be a single source discharge or an areawide discharge. Annual fees will be invoiced each year that the permit is active, in the anniversary month that the NOI was issued.

More information about fees | View >

Water Quality Permit Liaisons
For: Surface Water
                  Ph: 602-771-1440
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