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Environmental Issues Related to Site Development

There are a number of issues that you must consider during the development process. 

The information below will assist you in the planning, development,  and inspection phases of your project.

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​The State Water Control Board is considering the reissuance of a general permit through the amendment of regulations on water quality.

Changes to the existing regulation include new language to clarify applicable stormwater technical criteria; new requirement to submit nutrient credit purchase documentation with registration statement; revisions to SWPPP inspection frequency to require inspection once every ten (10) days and no later than twenty-four (24) hours after a rain event. 

Please contact Jaime Robb for comments, document requests and additional information at the following address:

Jaime Robb

Department of Environmental Quality

1111 East Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 804-698-4416




​Please find below a summary of the public participation process and anticipated schedule for the General VPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities (VAR10) reissuance.

General Info

  • The current Construction General Permit expires on June 30, 2019.
  • The general permit is part of a regulation and therefore a regulatory action is necessary to make any revisions for the next permit cycle.
  • Any operator of construction activities permitted under the July 1, 2014 Construction General Permit that intends to continue construction activities after June 30, 2019 is required to reapply for permit coverage by submitting a revised Construction General Permit Registration Statement.
    • A draft Registration Statement form will be available on DEQ's website sometime after January 1, 2019.
    • Draft Registration Statements are due to the appropriate VSMP authority by April 1, 2019 (Note that this date is subject to change).
    • Check DEQ's website for a list of VSMP authorities by locality.
    • Please note that failure to submit a registration statement by April 1st may jeopardize coverage under the Construction General Permit if the regulation effective date is delayed.
  • There is no fee collected for reissuance of coverage under the new permit. Fees are required for new permit coverage requests, modifications, or transfers.
  • For those projects for which DEQ is the VSMP, full payment of outstanding annual permit maintenance fees is required before permit coverage will be reissued.
  • DEQ will send out an reissuance reminder in January to ALL Construction General Permit operators by email; however, VSMP staff and DEQ compliance staff are encouraged to begin talking with operators about the reissuance process as they conduct site inspections.

Plan Review

As part of the development process, a plan must be created and reviewed for each parcel.  
County staff will review all site plans to ensure they conform to standards found in the following manuals:


The County reviews the following  types of plans:  

Site Inspections

Prince William County site inspectors will inspect and review your site for compliance with:


Building in Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Environmentally sensitive areas often require additional reviews to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.  County staff will review plans for compliance with: 

Stormwater Management Easements AND MAINTENANCE


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