Why do I need a Pesticide General Permit (PGP)?

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 >

Permit | View >
Fact Sheet | View >
Response to Comments | View >


Notice of Intent (NOI)* | Download >
NOI* Supplement for Areawide Discharge | Download >
NOT | Download >
Annual Report Form | Download >
Pesticide Discharge Management Plan (PDMP) Template | Download (Word) >



  • Single Source (Level 1A) is $2502
  • Areawide (Level 1B) is $5002

Pesticide Discharge Management Plan Review (PDMP)

  • PDMP Review is $1,0003
  • PDMP Re-Review is $5004

The correct fee amount must be submitted with the Notice of Intent (NOI) for processing. The permittee is assessed an annual fee in the same amount until the Notice of Termination (NOT) form is submitted to ADEQ to terminate permit coverage.

* 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 >