NGO News – Permission of discharging wastewater into water sources is one of important papers in an enterprise’s business and production operation.


1. Implementation process:

Step 1: Prepare all documents in accordance with Vietnamese environmental law:

– The Provincial level: Prepare 01 dossier set of wastewater discharge and 01 company capacity profile

– The ministerial level: Prepare 02 dossier sets of wastewater discharge and 02 company capacity profile.

 – 01 dossier set includes:

+ The application for permission (according to form No. 09 in Appendix 27/2014 / BTNMT)

+ The scheme on discharge of wastewater into receiving sources (applied for units who have not yet discharged wastewarter); or Report on the current wastewater-discharge situation (apply for units who are discharging) (Sample scheme and report according to form No. 35, 36 of Circular 27/2014 / BTNMT’s appendix)

+ Capacity profile of organizations/individuals applying for permission of wastewater discharge;

+ Other documents:

Data on the quality of feed wastewater and receiving source (if any);

Testing result of feed wastewater samples and quality of water after treatment (report on discharge)

Drawings of collection & drainage systems of wastewater and rain water

Explanatory report and design drawings of waste water treatment system


– Applying for wastewater discharge permission at Ministrial level:

+ Discharging capacity of 30.000 m3/ day and night or more for aquaculture

+ Discharging capacity of 3.000 m3/ day and night or more  for other activities

– Applying for wastewater discharge permission at Provincial environment & natural resources Department level:

+ Discharging capacity below 30.000 m3/ day and night for aquaculture

+ Discharging capacity below 3.000 m3/ day and night for other activities

– If the discharging capacity is less than 5 m3/day and night, organizations/individuals do not need to apply for discharge permission, insteads only need to register at district (except some industries stipulated in item 5, Article 3 of Circular 27/2014/BTNMT).

Step 2: Submit the dossier at one-door department of environment and natural resources Department or Ministry of natural resources and environment:

– When submiting documents, organizations/individuals have to submit one set of dossier for the provincial level and two sets of dossier for the ministerial level; The dossier and attached documents must be notarized.

– Profile capability

– The dossier-receiving official shall examine the legality and content of the dossier:

+ If the dossier is complete and valid, the officer shall proceed the next procedure.

+ If the dossier is incomplete and invalid, the official shall notify such to the applying organizations or individuals for dossier completion.

+ After receiving the valid dossier, the official shall write promisorry note and give it to applying organizations or individuals.

–  Dossier-receiving time: During working hours of the week.

Step 3: Get permission at one-door department of Environment and Natural resources  department:

-The organizations or individuals who come to take the permission must issue the promisorry note

– The applying organizations or individuals shall have to pay charges and fees according to regulations.

– The officer issues the permission and the recipient must sign to confirm that he/she received it.

– Time period to return result: During the office working time according to promisorry note.

2. Implementation method: Applying directly at Environment and Natural resources Department; or Ministry of Natural resources and environment 

3. Processing time: 30 to 48 working days from the date of receiving valid dossier.

4. Objects of application: Individuals and organizations.

5. Department implementing administrative procedures: Department of Water Resources

6. Result of implementation procedure: Wastewater discharge permission

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