Stormwater Quality Permits & Plans
Stormwater Quality Permits (SWQ) can be a daunting task as the Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) is unique to each property. Here are a few things you must do in order to stay in compliance and avoid costly fines.
- A Stormwater Quality (SWQ) Permit, when required, is a prerequisite to obtaining a Building Permit.
- An SWQ Permit is required when a site meets guidelines for the need to install a permanent SWQ treatment system or SWQ pond.
- An SWQ Permit submission includes a Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) developed for the project including a narrative plan (and the SWQMP drawing) describing post-construction stormwater quality management and feature maintenance.
- Although similar in format, the SWPPP is not the SWQMP. The SWPPP deals with stormwater quality only during construction.
The Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP)
- The SWQMP commits the Owner(s) to inspections, maintenance and re-permitting obligations for as long as they own the property.
- Any changes in the SWQMP or SWQ feature installed must be re-submitted to and approved by the permitting agency (city/county).
- The SWQ Permit must be renewed annually.
- SWQ permitting/re-permitting requires a Professional Engineer (PE) Certification; both after construction of the stormwater quality feature is complete and as prerequisite to each annual renewal.
- Inspection/Maintenance/Documentation requirements indicated in the SWQMP for the SWQ feature must be strictly followed.
- For projects in the City of Houston, if the stormwater quality feature will not be completed prior to any vertical construction, the feature must be bonded.
- Post a copy of the owner’s SWQ permit along with your SWPPP posting and keep a copy of the Owners SWQMP on site.
- Install the SWQ feature according the specifications.
- Keep the SWQ feature clean during construction and ensure its functional integrity at completion of construction. This often means a clean-out will be required at project completion.
- Notify the owner’s engineer at close-out that the feature is available for As-Built Inspection and Certification.
- If the SWQ feature is a pond, ensure that the slopes meet the Texas General Permit ‘final stabilization’ requirements.
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