VSMP Construction General Permit

Who Must Apply for Construction General Permit Coverage
  • Operators of construction activities resulting in land disturbance equal to or greater than one acre.
  • Operators of construction activities resulting in land disturbance less than one acre that are part of a larger common plan of development or sale that ultimately disturbs one or more acres. A larger common plan of development or sale is a contiguous area where separate and distinct construction activities may be taking place at different times on different schedules. General permit coverage is required if one or more acres of land will be disturbed, regardless of the size of the individually owned or developed sites.

Single-Family Residences Not Part of a Common Plan of Development or Sale
Single-family residences separately built, that disturb less than one acre of land, and that are not part of a larger common plan of development or sale, including additions or modifications to existing single-family detached residential structures, are exempt activities. Registration for coverage under the general permit to discharge stormwater from construction activities is not required in accordance with § 62.1-44.15:34.C.3 of the Virginia Stormwater Management Act.

Permit Registration Statements and Fees
Completed VSMP Construction General Permit Registration Statements, fees and related documents are to be submitted to the Town of Ashland Department of Public Works.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)
The construction general permit requires the construction activity operator to develop and implement a site-specific SWPPP. The SWPPP must be prepared prior to submitting a registration statement for permit coverage to the Town of Ashland. The SWPPP is to be retained at the construction site along with a copy of the general permit and general permit coverage letter.

The Town of Ashland requires that the following template and plan sheets be used to develop a SWPPP:

For detailed information on the VSMP construction general permit, please visit the DEQ website.