Construction sites of larger than 5 acres have been required to apply for a permit for several years now. While there will be some individuals who are not aware of the storm water regulations regarding large development sites, they are expected to be relatively few.
The County expects developers and individuals in this category to follow their permit requirements and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)s. One of the construction permit requirements is for the owner or operator of the site to submit a copy of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to any MS4 with boundaries to the site.
Small construction sites, those sites more than 1 acre but less than 5 acres in size, are now required by the State to follow certain procedures to ensure our waterways are protected and productive for years to come. It is important to note that the regulations are not directed at punishing anyone.
Instead, the regulations are in place to protect the people who use our waterways for recreation and as drinking water sources from harmful pollutants and to ensure our water resources are there for many generations.
It is important to note that these regulations do not exempt someone from filing a development permit with the County. The County is committed to working with individuals in the construction industry. And, with anyone who fits into this category, to assist in understanding and complying with the regulations. Any questions should be directed to Stephen Belknap.
There are many resources available on the internet with information and examples of documents.