Stormwater Management Program


Effective July 1, 2014, The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) began implementing statewide nonpoint source pollution control programs to protect the Commonwealth's water quality and quantity. Nonpoint source pollution is water pollution caused by stormwater runoff that is not confined to a single source, such as a wastewater treatment plant or industrial discharge pipe. One of the main ways of controlling nonpoint source pollution is through stormwater management, which includes erosion and sediment control.

Stormwater runoff is water flowing overland into surface waters or water that is channeled into natural or constructed conveyance systems during and after precipitation. Unmanaged stormwater can cause erosion and flooding. It can also carry excess nutrients, sediment and other contaminants into our waters. Properly managed stormwater protects land and streams from erosion, flooding and pollutants.

A permit may be required to discharge stormwater from a construction activity. DEQ administers these permits under the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) regulations, authorized by the Virginia Stormwater Management Act (§ 62.1-44.15:24 et seq).

Localities, operating under the DEQ program, must make a determination as to whether or not a stormwater permit is required prior to issuing any local building, land disturbing or zoning permit

Any lot(s) created on or after July 1, 2004 is subject to the requirements of the Virginia Stormwater Management Act through the “common plan of development or sale” regulation. If your property is not within a “common plan of development or sale”, then the one acre of disturbed area rule applies. This includes, but is not limited to, construction of single family dwellings, manufactured homes, additions, or accessory buildings.

Keep in mind, DEQ is the stormwater authority for Appomattox County. The Department has final say over matters concerning stormwater in Appomattox County (including the towns). The determination by the County Department of Community Development is advisory and should not be considered binding. At any time during or after construction, DEQ retains the right to inspect your property for compliance with your VSMP permit and the Virginia Stormwater Act (§62.1-44.15:39).

For More Information

If you have any questions regarding the VSMP permit or any of its components, please contact the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional office at 434-582-5120, or refer to the DEQ website.