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Virginia Stormwater Management Permits
The Virginia Stormwater Management Permit (VSMP) is required under
any of the following circumstances.
When a land disturbing activity is regulated by §10.1-603.8 of the Code of
Virginia and:
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When the area of land disturbance exceeds one (1) acre.
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When the location of the land disturbance is on a lot, which is part of a
subdivision or is part of common development, regardless of the
amount of area being disturbed.
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Generally, the number of VSMP in a subdivision will equal the
number of lots plus one for the developer’s work creating the
subdivision.
 The developer’s VSMP would not be required if no land is being
disturbed when creating the subdivision, i.e. – no roads or
common areas.
 If a contractor/developer purchases or applies for building
permits for multiple, contiguous lots in the same subdivision,
DCR will allow that contractor/developer to obtain one (1)
VSMP for all of the combined lots.
A VSMP does not replace or negate the requirement for either a Land
Disturbing Permit or an Agreement in Lieu waiver.
Applicant’s must submit at a minimum their application to DCR
for the VSMP along with a copy of their check and proof of
mailing. Building Permits can be issued without the VSMP
Permit. You may get additional information from DCR on their
website at www.dcr.virginia.gov/sw/vsmp or you may contact
them at 804-786-1712.
SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION
Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permits
General Information
DCR is responsible for the issuance, denial, revocation, termination and enforcement of individual and
general VSMP permits for the control of stormwater discharges from MS4s and construction activities.
DCR administers these program through Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit
(VSMP) Regulations (PDF), authorized by the Virginia Stormwater Management Act (PDF).
Forms for the General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities
To apply for permit coverage a registration statement form DCR199-146 must be completed and
submitted to DCR. If a fee is required the application fee form DCR 199-145 must be completed and
submitted to DCR along with the appropriate fee. (Forms attached)
The VSMP General Permit Registration Statement for Discharges from Construction Activities must
be completed and mailed to:
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Stormwater Permitting
203 Governor Street, Suite 206
Richmond, VA 23219
The Application Fee form must be completed and submitted with payment to:
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Finance, Accounts Payable
ATTN: Stormwater Permits
203 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Who Must Apply for Permit Coverage to Discharge Stormwater from a Construction Activity?
Operators of construction activities resulting in land disturbance equal to or greater than one acre.
Operators of construction activities resulting in land disturbance equal to or greater than 2,500 square
feet and less than one acre within areas designated as subject to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.
Construction activities with land disturbance less than one acre that are part of a larger common plan
of development or sale that disturb one or more acres. A larger common plan of development or sale is
a contiguous area where separate and distinct construction may be taking place at different times on
different schedules. A permit is required if one or more acres, or 2,500 square feet or more in all areas
designated as subject to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, of land will be disturbed, regardless of
the size of the individually owned or developed sites. For example, if a developer buys a 20-acre lot
and builds roads with the intention of building homes or other structures in the future, or if the land is
parceled off or sold, and construction occurs on plots that are less than an acre by separate,
independent builders, these activities would still be subject to stormwater permitting requirements. A
larger common plan of development or sale applies to various types of land development including but
not limited to residential, commercial or industrial use.
Fees for the General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities
The permit fee for a construction activity with land disturbance of at least one acre and less than five
acres is $300.
The permit fee for a construction activity with land disturbance of at least five acres is $500.
Permit fees for construction activities that are part of a larger common plan of development or sale is
determined by the entire land disturbance area of the common plan of development or sale, not the land
disturbance area of the parcel contained within the common plan of development or sale. For example,
the permit fee for a construction activity that is part of a common plan of development or sale where
the total land disturbance of all parcels in the development is at least five acres is $500.
There is no fee for construction activity resulting in land disturbance of at least 2,500 square feet and
less than one acre in all areas designated as subject to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act if it is not
part of a common plan of development or sale.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)
The construction general permit requires the construction site operator to develop and implement a site
specific SWPPP. Those seeking the permit must thoroughly read and understand its requirements. The
SWPPP must be prepared prior to submitting a registration statement for permit coverage to DCR. The
SWPPP is to be retained at the construction site along with a copy of the permit and permit coverage
letter. The operator has the lead in developing, implementing and maintaining the SWPPP and
committing the resources necessary to prevent pollution. Random site inspections for compliance with
the general permit, including SWPPP review, are conducted by DCR and EPA staffs.
The SWPPP outlines the steps and techniques the operator will take to comply with the terms and
conditions of the permit, including water quality and quantity requirements that are consistent with the
VSMP permit regulations, to reduce pollutants in the stormwater runoff from the construction site. The
SWPPP also specifies all potential pollutant sources that could enter stormwater leaving the
construction site and covers methods used to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff during and after
construction. A complete list of SWPPP requirements is contained in the permit.
The following are major components of a SWPPP:
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A cover or title page that has the project name and location, operators name and contact
information, and SWPPP contacts;
A list of parties responsible for implementing each pollution control measure in the SWPPP
including contact information;
A site and activity description, including the function of the project, area to be disturbed,
potential pollutant sources, schedule of grading and nearest receiving waters;
A site map indicating drainage patterns, location of structural and nonstructural pollution
controls measures identified in the SWPPP, surface waters, stormwater discharges to surface
water, locations of off-site support activities (e.g. borrow area, disposal area, concrete or
asphalt batch plants, equipment or material storage areas) covered by the SWPPP, location of
sanitary waste facilities, and location of potential pollutant sources such as fuel, fertilizer and
chemical storage;
Erosion and sediment control (ESC) practices with design calculations (this may be fulfilled by
referencing an approved state or local ESC plan);
A description of post development stormwater management (SWM) measures, including design
calculations, to be installed (this may be fulfilled by referencing an approved state or local
SWM plan);
Description and schedule of procedures to maintain controls; and
Written records of site inspections performed by a professional engineer or DCR-certified
RLD, inspector or combined administrator, and the follow-up maintenance that is required and
performed.
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