What is Senate Bill 205?

Senate Bill 205 (SB 205) is a new California State law (effective January 1, 2020), which addresses the issues of stormwater pollution that remain unregulated by California’s clean water laws.  SB 205, requires a business or person applying to the City for a new/initial business license or a renewal business license to provide their Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code.  Businesses with a regulated SIC Code, processes and/or activities that have the potential to pollute stormwater, will be required to demonstrate compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP).

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1. What is Senate Bill 205?
2. How do I find the SIC Code for my business?
3. How does SB 205 apply to all new/initial and renewal business license applicants?
4. Where can I find additional information about SB 205?
5. Why has the City updated the business license application?
6. Where can I find the City’s updated business license application?
7. Why does the City need to review all new/initial business license and renewal business license applications?
8. How do I know if my business has a Regulated SIC Code as determined by the California SWRCB?
9. How do I know if my business needs to enroll in the NPDES Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP) Program to comply with SB 205?
10. What do I need to provide if my business has a Regulated SIC Code?
11. If my business has a Regulated SIC Code and does not have one of the required documents (WDID, NONA, or NEC) to verify enrollment in the NPDES Stormwater IGP, who should I contact?