The Environmental Division of the Department of Public Works is responsible for the implementation of the County's Erosion and Sediment Control Program. The County is required by the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations to implement a local erosion and sediment control program to help protect the environment from the impacts of erosion and sedimentation from construction related activities.
Stafford County Requirements
The County requires a grading (land disturbance) permit for all land disturbing activities equal to or greater than 2,500 square feet. In Stafford, erosion and sediment control plans are reviewed and approved by the Department of Planning and Zoning. Once an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (including early grading plans, site plans, infrastructure plans, and subdivision construction plans) is approved, the applicant will work with the Department of Public Works to post any required securities and to obtain a grading permit.
Many of the requirements in the County's Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance exceed the minimum criteria established by the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations.