Post-Construction Stormwater Management

What is the process?

Step 1: Review Operation & Maintenance Plan Instructions

Private stormwater systems may use one of two mechanisms for recording an Operation and Maintenance Plan.  Most owners record an Agreement for their stormwater system. Instructions for recording each type of Operation and Maintenance Plan are provided:

Step 2: Complete Forms

Private stormwater system owners submit the following forms to the Department of Planning & Building for review prior to recording an operation and maintenance plan:

The components of the system may be Centralized or Decentralized depending on the size of drainage area. Applicants should reference the descriptions of system components to determine what type of structural control measures must be recorded. 

County staff must review the forms before they are notarized.

Step 3: Submit Draft Form For Review

Applicants will submit the draft operation and maintenance plan for staff review. Applicants should not sign or notarize documents prior to review. Approved plans will be returned to the system owner for signature and notarization.

Step 4: Pay Fees

Staff will assign a condition compliance monitoring permit to the property associated with the project. This permit will be used to track the long-term operation of the system.

Step 5: Return Notarized Documents

Applicants return the signed, notarized document for countersignature by County staff. Following counter signature, County staff will record the document with the Clerk Recorder.

Step 6: Construct Stormwater Structural Control Measures

Construct all features per approved Stormwater Control Plan. Structures will be inspected by County Public Works, and approved on completion.

Step 7: Submit Forms (Annually)

The private stormwater system owner/operator annually submits the appropriate completed self-inspection forms along with a completed stormwater inspection coversheet to verify that the system is operable and maintained in good condition. The appropriate self-inspection forms (listed below) should be included as an element of the plans and manuals provided to the owner/operator.

Who can use this service?

Owners of regulated projects within the County's Stormwater Management Area can use this service. Please review the Central Coast Post-Construction Requirements to determine whether or not a project is regulated and which performance requirements apply.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees (Minor Condition Compliance Monitoring with a Site Visit - L14).

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

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