NPDES Permit Information

The City of Daytona Beach Shores is an active participant and permit holder for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). According to the EPA's NPDES website, Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities.  As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National. Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.

Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters. In most cases, the NPDES permit program is administered by authorized states. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program is responsible for significant improvements to our nation's water quality."

Illicit Discharge

Ordinance Prohibiting Illicit Discharges

The City of Daytona Beach Shores adopted Ordinance 2010-21 which regulates stormwater and illicit discharge. This ordinance prohibits the intentional release of pollutants into a stormwater drainage system or waterway. The purpose of this program is to minimize the discharge of pollutants into our waterways and protect the quality of our ocean, river and other bodies of United States waters.

An illicit discharge is any discharge into a storm drainage system or waterway that is not composed entirely of stormwater. The City's stormwater facilities and waterways are not designed to accept or treat anything but stormwater. The Community Services Department administers the ordinance and has the authority to pursue violations. Activities such as firefighting, irrigation, and residential car washing are not considered illicit discharges.

Field Program to Detect & Address Illicit Discharges

The city has developed a program for the detection and elimination of illicit discharges. This program includes field inspection of grease traps, inlets, gutters and identification of any illicit discharges found.

Reporting an Illicit Discharge

Please report illicit discharges by filling out the Illicit Discharge Reporting Form or by contacting the Community Services Department at 386-763-5377.

How to Help

In addition to reporting illicit discharges, help protect Florida waters by doing the following: properly maintain septic systems and grease traps

  • Avoid blowing yard clippings into roadways
  • Do not drain or dump anything into swales, inlets, roadways or natural bodies of waters
  • Keep irrigation water on lawn/garden areas only
  • Participate in the annual Halifax River Cleanup
  • Safely store and avoid spillage of chemicals and toxic products
  • Service vehicles regularly
  • Use garden/lawn chemicals wisely

You can also help by participating in the Annual International Coastal & Halifax Clean Up. For more information visit: International Coastal & Halifax/Indian River Cleanup (

Brochures and Publications

For more information please call Community Services Director, Fred Hiatt, at 386-763-5377.