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DEQ Rulemaking – Water Quality Fees 2024 – DEQ is asking for Public Comment on the Proposed Rules


DEQ is proposing rule amendments to Chapter 340 of the Oregon Administrative Rules to increase water quality permit, license, and certification fees by up to 3% in 2024 for fiscal year 2025, as provided in ORS 468B.051. The amount of the increase may not exceed the anticipated increase in the cost of administering the program or 3%, whichever is lower.

In addition to the 3% fee increase, the Onsite Septic System Permitting Program will have an additional 14 percent fee increase (totaling a proposed 17 percent) to implement the Policy Option Package adopted by the 2023 Legislature that funds two positions.

Public Comment

DEQ is seeking public comment on the proposed rules. More information on this rulemaking, including the draft rules, can be found on the Water Quality Fees 2024 Rulemaking Home Page.

How to comment: DEQ will accept comments by email, postal mail or verbally at the public hearing. Anyone can submit comments and questions about this rulemaking.

  • Email: Send comments by email to 
  • Postal mail: Oregon DEQ, Attn: Jason Simpson, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97232-4100 
  • At the public hearing: 5 p.m., Wednesday May 15, 2024 (see below)

DEQ will only consider comments on the proposed rules that DEQ receives by 4 p.m., on May 23, 2024.

Rulemaking Hearing: DEQ will hold a public hearing, with details below:

Date: May 15, 2024
Start time: 5 p.m.

Register via Zoom

Join by Phone:
Call-in number: 888-475-4499 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 830 8660 5586
Passcode: 522711

Note for public university students:

ORS 192.345(29) allows Oregon public university and OHSU students to protect their university email addresses from disclosure under Oregon’s public records law. If you are an Oregon public university or OHSU student, notify DEQ that you wish to keep your email address confidential.

Additional Information

To view copies of the notice documents, learn more about this rulemaking, and how to submit comments, you can view the rulemaking web page at: Water Quality Fees 2024 Rulemaking Home Page.

If you want to receive future email notices about this rulemaking, you must sign up at: GovDelivery.

You can also obtain more information about this rulemaking by contacting:

Jason Simpson