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The Department of Public Works administers State and Federal pollution prevention policies for stormwater runoff, verifying that appropriate stormwater permits, and plans are in place prior to the commencement of construction. Department staff is available to support applicants with determining which permits and plans are required and will oversee implementation of appropriate pollution control practices during construction.

Projects that disturb more than 1.0 acre must enroll for coverage under the California Construction General Permit. Projects that disturb less than 1.0 acre may be required to enroll in the Construction General Permit if they are determined to be part of a common plan of development. Projects that are less than one acre and not part of a larger plan of development are required to submit an erosion and sediment control plan. For more information about the stormwater requirements for construction projects in the City of Santa Maria contact the Department of Public Works Engineering Division at (805) 925-0951 extension 2225 or via email at  pw_encroachment_permits@cityofsantamaria.org.

Throughout the construction process, applicants are required to implement stormwater best management practices (BMPs) as outlined in the plan(s) required for the project. Review the City’s informational poster on the proper implementation of minimum Construction Site Stormwater BMPs. Stormwater BMPs are required year-round in the City of Santa Maria, and Public Works inspectors may issue a notice of correction and/or violation if these practices are not adhered to during construction. Failure to respond promptly with corrective action may subject the project to permit suspension, utilizing the developer’s deposit to implement proper BMPs, and/or a stop work order.