Erosion / Sediment Control

In accordance with the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law, Regulations, and Certification Regulations, DEQ implements the state Erosion and Sediment Control program (effective July 1, 2013) to help prevent destruction of property and natural resources caused by soil erosion, sedimentation and nonagricultural runoff from regulated "land-disturbing activities." Erosion caused by excessive water runoff is one of the most severe types of erosion in developing areas.

ESC regulations specify the "minimum standards" that must be followed on all regulated activities including: criteria, techniques and policies. State law explains the rights and responsibilities of local and state governments to administer erosion and sediment control programs, as well as those of property owners who must comply with them. Property owners are ultimately responsible for erosion and sediment control plan approval and implementation. Responsibility for ensuring compliance also extends to the developer, contractor, consultant and the public.

Problems associated with construction activities, like soil erosion, water pollution, flooding, stream channel damage, decreased ground water storage, slope failures, and damage to adjacent or downstream properties can be successfully minimized by implementing erosion and sediment control measures on construction sites. These measures help prevent soil movement or loss, enhance project aesthetics and eliminate appreciable damage to off-site receiving channels, property and natural resources.

For information or questions contact Brian Cooke.

The City’s new Citizen Access Portal (CAP) went live on October 23.  All permits should be submitted online at  Instructions to register are HERE.  Until further notice, please submit major site plans and final subdivision plats in paper as well.

Staff is continuing to upload documents to the CAP system and may reach out to you to supplement applications.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to tweak the new system to make it as efficient and customer friendly as possible.