Water Quality Permits

Engineering plans and specifications for proposed construction, installation, or modification of wastewater disposal systems, treatment works, sewerage systems or common sewers must be submitted to DEQ for review and approval prior to construction, except where exempted. This is required by Oregon Revised Statute 468B.055. OAR 340-052-0015 details plan submittal requirements. OAR 340-052 Appendix A and Appendix B contain requirements for gravity sewerage systems and sewerage pumping stations, respectively.

Submitting wastewater reports and plans for approval

Please send the following to the DEQ engineer who is assigned to the area of your project: 
  • Plans and specifications. Note: electronic versions are acceptable. 
  • ​Land Use Compatibility Statement, or LUCS, signed by the local land use authority, along with payment, to the engineer who serves the region where the project will be built. See the list of engineers below. Note: electronic versions are acceptable. 
  • DEQ Technical Activities fee in OAR 340-045 Table 70 F. DEQ can invoice the system owner if that is the owner’s preference.

DEQ wastewater plan review engineers

Eastern Region

Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler counties

Wastewater contact: Justin Sterger
475 NE Bellevue Drive, Suite 110
Bend, OR 97701

Northwest Region

Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties

Wastewater Engineer: Michael Pinney, PE
700 NE Multnomah Ave. Suite 600
Portland OR 97232

Western Region

Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties

Wastewater Treatment Engineers:

Jonathan Gasik, MS, PE (Douglas County and south) 
221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201
Medford, OR 97501

Timothy C. McFetridge, PE (Lane County and north)
4026 Fairview Industrial Dr.
Salem, OR 97302

Wastewater Collection System / Pump Station Engineer:
Tim Caire, PE 
165 East 7th Ave., Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401

Plan review guidelines

DEQ wastewater engineers use the following guidelines to evaluate plans. DEQ advises that the appropriate DEQ wastewater engineer be consulted prior to plan submittal if a deviation is desired to avoid additional redesign expenses. Note: this updated (3/1/2021) list contains a revised guideline for pump station design standards; this newer guide incorporates four previous guidelines which are no longer listed below (“Design Notes for Air Injection Stations and Sewage Force Mains”, “Guidelines for Hydrogen Sulfide Tests”, “Guidelines for Writing Pump Station Operations and Maintenance Manuals”, and “Operations and Maintenance Notes for Gauges on Sewer Pumps”).