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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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Due to  the COVID-19 pandemic, Watershed Management has implemented changes to our office hours and transaction processes for inspection-related requests, site plans (lot grading plans, as-builts, formal/informal plan submissions), VSMP-related items and more.

Effective July 1, 2020, everyone needing to conduct in-person transactions at Watershed will be required to get a ticket at the Early Assistance Desk, no exceptions!  Customers are asked to remain in the lobby until their ticket is called as the Suite 170 door will remain locked.

Many of the fees that we take can now be processed over the phone with the completed forms sent to us; we do not accept American Express. 

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 703-792-7070.


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:


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: 

  • Floodplains and FloodwaysChesapeake Bay Resource Management Areas (RMA)
  • Shorelines, Streams, Creeks, and Waterways
  • Wetlands
  • Other environmentally sensitive areas

Stormwater Management Easements AND MAINTENANCE


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