Maintenance Inspection Program
Stormwater management facilities, also known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), are critical components of Stafford County's stormwater drainage system. BMPs help protect streams and properties from flooding and erosion and can improve water quality. To ensure that BMPs perform as expected, they must be properly maintained.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, under the authority of the Federal Clean Water Act, has issued Stafford County a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit that requires all BMPs in Stafford County to be regularly inspected and adequately maintained. In addition to the MS4 permit requirements, BMP maintenance inspections are required per County Code Sec. 21.5-5 and/or a maintenance agreement recorded in the Stafford County Clerk's office. Failure by Stafford County to comply with BMP inspection requirements could result in a violation of the conditions of this permit.
Most BMPs are subject to a legally binding maintenance agreement between the property owner and Stafford County. These maintenance agreements require the property owner to perform inspections regularly, and the property owner maintain their BMPs in conformance with certain standards. Routine inspections performed by Stafford County will confirm that the requirements of the maintenance agreement are being met.
Prior to any scheduled BMP inspection, Stafford County will notify the BMP owner by mail. After such time, the Stafford County Department of Public Works will perform the required inspection and provide a written report to the property owner detailing any requirements and/or recommendations for maintenance. In lieu of the County inspection, however, the property owner has the option to perform a self-inspection under certain criteria. It is strongly recommended that a property owner obtain the services of a Registered Design Professional or similar. A written report must be provided to the Stafford County Department of Public Works detailing the condition of the BMP and requirements and/or recommendations for maintenance.
Biennial Inspection Schedule** For Inspection Schedules & Results Please Call (540) 658-8830 or email Stormwater**
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors has authorized a fee for County-performed inspections of stormwater BMPs. You will be charged a fee of $50 - $300 for each BMP inspected in accordance with the Fee Schedule.
*Please note: A 2.75% technology fee has been assessed and is required for all fees pertaining to BMP maintenance inspections.
For additional information on Stormwater BMP Maintenance, please contact the Environmental Division (540) 658-8830.