Development of the Municipal Roads General Permit
Documents and Frequently Asked Questions
Permit Development Timeline
Permit Application and Implementation Dates
Municipal Development of a Road Stormwater Management Plan
Permit Requirements for Existing Roads
Permit Requirements for New Projects
This general permit is intended to achieve significant reductions in stormwater-related erosion from municipal roads, both paved and unpaved. Municipalities will implement a customized, multi-year plan to stabilize their road drainage system. The plan will include bringing road drainage systems up to basic maintenance standards, and additional corrective measure to reduce erosion as necessary to meet a TMDL or other water quality restoration effort. The permit is required by H.35/Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act, and the Lake Champlain Phase I TMDL.
For more information on the DEC Municipal Roads program and the development of the Municipal Roads General Permit, contact Jim Ryan by email or at (802) 490-6140.
Municipal Road Inventory and Evaluation Interim Guidance
Draft Inventory Planning Spreadsheet
Factsheet: Municipal Roads permit development process
Frequently Asked Questions
Water Quality Grants for Municipalities
**New** Presentation: Development and Components of the Municipal Roads General Permit (PDF version - please contact Jim Ryan for a PowerPoint version)
2018 - 2021
All municipal applications due (specific permit application deadlines TBD during permit development process)
Commencing with permit coverage
Municipal development and implementation of road stormwater management plan
20-year Implementation schedule prioritized by greatest benefit and municipality’s transportation capital plan
Assistance from DEC, VTrans, RPCs, others
As a first step municipalities will identify the sections of their road networks that are connected to surface waters through ditches, culverts or other drainage structures. Connected roads present substantially greater risks to water quality.
The second step will involve inventorying the connected portions of their road network to determine if the road and drainage systems meet the new standards. Standards will be consistent with Town Road and Bridge Standards, and will likely include measures such as:
- Ditch Slopes greater than 5% to be stone-lined or have stone check-dams
- Ditches: “U-shaped” and disconnected from surface waters where possible
- Upgrading road drainage culverts and installing outlet stabilization and/or headers where erosion is present
- Soils exposed by maintenance would be seeded and mulched or otherwise stabilized
Municipalities will develop and implement a long-term plan to bring all sections of connected roads up to standards.
Class 4 roads that are adversely affecting water quality may require the installation of best management practices to reduce erosion, but will not be required to be open to travel as part of this permit.
Identifying river-road conflict areas to increase flood resiliency
In-Culverts and bridges:
- No new requirements to replace stream crossings, but may require header or outlet stabilization measures
- Maintenance and construction activities would continue to conform to the ANR Stream Alteration General Permit.
Designed to Vermont Stormwater Manual if over permit threshold of 1 acre impervious surface, or greater than 5,000 square foot expansion