Step 1 - Application
Operator of proposed composting facility gathers information and submits “complete” application to DEQ.
Step 2 - Completeness review
Application received and reviewed for completeness; DEQ permit writers work with applicant to obtain complete application
Step 3 - Environmental risk screening
DEQ permit writer conducts environmental risk screening, makes a risk determination based on potential risk the site poses to pollute ground and surface water, soil or create nuisance odors that will negatively affect neighbors. DEQ contacts the applicant informing of the determination and sends an evaluation letter. If the site poses a risk, an individual permit and Site Operations Plan is required. If DEQ staff determine the site poses a low-risk, then a Registration permit will be required.
Step 4 - Draft permit and public notice
DEQ permit writer drafts permit, permit evaluation report, public notice document, cover letter and puts draft out for public notice/comment period.
- For Registration permit – 30-day comment period
- For Individual composting facility permit – 35-day comment period
Step 5 - Comment period ends
DEQ permit writer responds to comments, alters permit as necessary and issues the permit. Note: An Individual composting facility permit may require a public hearing if at least 10 people or someone representing 10 people request one. A public hearing usually prolongs the permit issuance timeframe.
Step 6 - Length of time to issue a composting facility permit
Once DEQ receives a complete application (all required application materials) it takes roughly four to six months to issue a composting facility permit. Complex permits may take longer to issue.