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Obtain License to Discharge Treated Waste Water into the Environment

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Obtain License to Discharge Treated Waste Water into the Environment by Kenyans247(m): Sat Feb 2020 01:44pm
Provide information on site layout plan indicating sampling and discharge points
Effluent analysis report from a NEMA designated laboratory
Written confirmation of compliance with approval conditions within a month
Payment of prescribed fees
Prompt response to issues raised
Decision to issue license, reject application or request for more information is made within 51 days

Required Documents
Effluent Analysis report
Duly filled application form and fee
Site plan Layout indicating sampling points
Wastewater treatment plant design highlights
Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Office Locations & Contacts
National Environment Management Authority,
Popo Road, South C, off Mombasa Road

P.O. Box 67839-00200,


Fax: (+254)-020-6008997

Tel: 020-2101370, 020-2183718, 020-2307281, 020-2103696

Mobile: 0724 253398, 0735 013046

Incident line: 0786-101100, 0704 846019



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NEMA Fields Offices

Every local authority or person operating a sewage system or owner or operator of any trade or industry discharging wastewater into the environment

Application for discharge of effluent into the environment for all facilities is Ksh. 5000.00

Annual license fees for discharge of effluent into the environment: -

Sewerage service providers - Kshs.500, 000.00
Discharging facilities listed under fourth schedule Kshs.100,000.00
Institutions Ksh. 20,000.00

Others Ksh.10,000.00

Inspection of records/effluent register - Kshs.200.00
Variation of effluent discharge license - 10% of the annual license fee

1 Year

Documents to Use
Application for Effluent Discharge into the Environment

Processing Time
Maximum Processing Time: 51 days

An application for an effluent discharge licence should be accompanied by the prescribed fee as set out in the Regulations.

The decision of the Authority together is communicated to the applicant within thirty working days from the date of submission of the duly completed application.

Where the Authority approves an application for the grant of an effluent discharge licence it shall issue an effluent discharge licence within twenty-one days.

Required Information
Name of applicant
Personal Identification Number
Name of contact person:
Telephone No.
Fax No.
Previous Licence Number
Location of discharging facility
Activity of discharging facility (e.g. coffee factory, sewage plant, tea factory)
Nature and composition of effluent:
Whether the facility have effluent treatment plant
Maximum quantity of effluent that is proposed to discharge on any one day (in M3/day)
The highest rate at which it proposes to discharge the effluent (in M/hr.)
Source of processing water to the facility
Whether the facility has access to a Laboratory for monitoring the quality of discharged effluent.
Description of the activities of the facility
Point of discharge
Declaration by applicant

Need for the Document
The license is issued by the National Environment Management Authority allow local authority or person operating a sewage system or owner or operator of any trade or industry to discharge treated wastewater into the environment.

Information which might help
NEMA has an online tracking system on its website and one can log in to establish the status of their application/license. This can be done by going to the licensing portal and using a reference number one can check their application/license status.

Licensing Portal

Other uses of the Document/Certificate
Regulate the discharge of effluent into the environment

External Links
Environmental Management and Co-Ordination (Water Quality) Regulations, 2006

Effluent Discharge License

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Customer Service Charter

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), is mandated by the Environment Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA) 1999, to exercise general supervision and co-ordination over all matters relating to the environment. It is further mandated to be the principal instrument of government in the implementation of all policies relating to the environment.

The Authority serves various stakeholders and clients;

Private Sector (Investors, Developers, Industry etc),
Government Ministries and departments (Lead Agencies)
Environment Management & Coordination Act Institutions (Public Complaints Committee, National Environment Tribunal, National Environment Council, National Environment Trust Fund)
Provincial and County Environment Committees (PECs & CECs)
Parliamentary Committee on Lands and Natural resources
Office of the Government Spokesman
Mass Media
Civil Society Organizations (Non-Governmental Organizations and Community Based Organizations)
Development Partners/ Donors.
General Public


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