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 and inspection phases of your project.


Effective July 1, 2014- the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has required the implementation of new stormwater regulations related to the VSMP permit required for land disturbing activities. 

The new stormwater regulations require the collection of an additional fee when submitting lot grading plans to Watershed Management Branch, which are dependent upon site specific criteria.   In addition to the additional per lot fees, we will need the current VSMP permit number for your project.

Any plans which were submitted prior to July 1, 2014, and did not apply for a building permit will be required to pay a fee prior to plan release.


Please contact Watershed Management Branch at 703-792-7070 and ask to speak with your plan reviewer to determine these new fees and whether they apply to your project. 

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 review to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.  County staff will review plans for compliance in: 

  • Floodplains and Floodways
  • Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Areas (RPA)
  • Chesapeake Bay Resource Management Areas (RMA)
  • Shorelines. Streams, Creeks, and Waterways
  • Wetlands
  • Other environmentally sensitive areas

Stormwater Management Easements

  • Easements in your yard
  • Easements alongside roadways
  • Stormwater management ponds
  • Other stormwater management facilities