Food Service Establishments - Discharge Permits
Grease Trap/Interceptor Discharge Permits
Food service establishments are a major source of grease in the City’s wastewater collection and treatment system. Grease, if not properly managed, can increase system maintenance costs and contribute to flooding and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). Accordingly, the City has determined that is appropriate to regulate the discharges from Food Service Establishments through a wastewater discharge permit, also known as a “grease trap/interceptor discharge permit”. These permits establish legally binding requirements for the regulated entities, ensuring that owners or managers:
- Install appropriately sized and designed treatment equipment
- Maintain grease traps at prescribed frequencies
- Use permitted transportation and disposal companies
- Maintain all required documentation
- Do not exceed wastewater quality discharge limits
- Do not discharge hazardous wastes
- Inspect for seepage or overflow
- Clean up and report spills or overflows
In order to obtain a grease trap/interceptor discharge permit you must first fill out and submit a food service permit application. The City also provides additional information on grease abatement requirements.
The annual cost of a “grease trap/interceptor discharge permit” is $136.00
Who must obtain a grease trap/interceptor discharge permit?
Any establishment where food is manufactured, packaged, produced, processed, transported, stored, sold, commercially prepared, vended, or otherwise handled.This includes any such place regardless, whether there is a charge for the food.
In addition to restaurants, this includes facilities operating as a caterer, a commissary, a food processing establishment, a mobile food unit, a retail food store or a temporary food service establishment. Private homes where food is prepared or served for guests and individual family consumption are excluded.
Oil & Grease Information
Pretreatment Services has developed an Oil & Grease Poster that has important information for restaurants and other food establishment facilities.
Please contact Pretreatment Services if you have any questions regarding restaurant’s responsibilities.
920 Fournier Street Fort Worth, TX 76102