See the Regulations of Harris County for stormwater Quality for specific requirements.
Generally, a SWQMP is required for new development of a 5-acre or larger parcel of land regardless of the amount actually being disturbed. A SWQMP is required for re-development of a 5-acre or larger parcel where 1 acre or more of impervious surface is being added.
Two common exemptions from developing a SWQMP are grandfathering by an existing storm sewer line (pipe) or by filing an Industrial Activities Certificate.
The Harris County stormwater Quality program was established in compliance with federal (NPDES), and state (TPDES) permitting requirements. The program is responsible for minimizing the impact of potential pollutants to stormwater by comprehensive plan review, followed by inspections of projects before, during, and at completion. Permits are issued, and sites are monitored for compliance within the regulations.
All pertinent controls must be properly installed before you begin soil-disturbing activities. Consult the SWPPP for the project for additional information.
If your site is five acres or larger or part of a larger common plan of development or sale that could potentially disturb five acres or more, you will need an NOI.
Post the documents at each entrance to the construction site so that the public can readily view the notice: either at every lot or every entrance (for residential subdivisions). Post the NOI in a conspicuous location near the construction entrance for other construction projects.
These are both booklets that will accompany the drawings at plan submittal. The SWPPP (stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan) is designed to address the pollutants that result from construction phase activities. The SWQMP (stormwater Quality Management Plan) is designed to address the treatment of storm-water run-off after construction is complete.
When applicable, the drawing set should include a SWPPP site plan sheet and associated details. When applicable, the drawing set should include a SWQMP site plan sheet and associated details and calculations. Example SWPPP and SWQMP formats can be found at cleanwaterclearchoice.com
All deficiencies must be collected within 72 hours.
For permit/plan review questions: 713-274-3855. For stormwater inspections: 713-274-3861.
An NOI can be obtained from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). A copy of an NOI can be downloaded from their website at www.tceq.texas.gov.
If a SWQMP is required, a Harris County stormwater Quality Permit must be obtained prior to beginning construction activities.
Harris County requires a SWPPP for all projects that disturb a parcel 5 acres or larger in size. However, please note that TCEQ requires a SWPPP be prepared and be on-site for all projects of one-acre or larger.
The average draw down time should be 24 hours. As an example, the first drop of stormwater run-off should leave immediately and the last drop 48 hours later.
After October 1, 2003, a project can only be grandfathered if there is an existing storm sewer line (trunk line) sized to serve the development. For this exemption, there can be no detention requirement and the following documentation is required:
Once construction of the permitted feature is complete, an engineer licensed in the state of Texas must submit an As-Built Certificate. We will then conduct a final inspection of the feature and issue the COC. A COC will not be issued until the feature has been cleaned of all sediment and debris that may have accumulated during construction and is completely stabilized. It is a violation of the regulations to operate the feature prior to receiving a COC.
You must obtain your NOI within 48 hours of beginning construction activities.
A Notice of Inspection should be posted until a Notice of Termination (NOT) is filed. A Notice of Termination should be filed with the TCEQ when either:
After the County Engineer has approved your plans you may submit an application. You will be required to provide the application, two (2) copies of the approved plans, an Affidavit from the property owner, a letter from the Municipal Utility District (MUD) or Homeowner’s Association (HOA) (where applicable), a copy of the signed NOI, and two (2) checks. (See the "Guide to Obtaining a Harris County stormwater Quality Permit" for complete instructions.)
The one-year period begins on the date the Certificate of Compliance is issued.