The management of stormwater runoff is at once a simple concept and a complex problem. Precipitation runs off impervious surfaces rather than infiltrating into the soil. The cumulative impact resulting from the increased frequency, volume, and flow rate of stormwater runoff can lead to destabilization of downstream channels and can also result in increased pollutant loading to waterways.
The Stormwater Management Program provides regulatory oversight and technical assistance to ensure proper design and construction of stormwater treatment and control practices as well as construction-related erosion prevention and sediment control practices, necessary to minimize the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff to surface waters throughout Vermont.
The Stormwater Management Program administers several permit programs. Program staff review projects based on geographic area. If you have questions regarding a current or proposed project, you may look up the technical reviewer for your project area.
Environmental Research Tool: Stormwater Permit Information
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are pleased to announce that the agency’s interactive Environmental Research Tool (ERT) now includes Stormwater Permit information. This web-based tool enables the public to access up-to-date environmental information compiled and monitored by DEC daily.
Information concerning specific Vermont stormwater permits, such as compliance status, project name, location, permittee information and permit inquiries as part of property TITLE SEARCHES can now be accessed through the ERT. Users can tailor their search by entering one or more search criteria to narrow down results or produce a copy of the issued stormwater permit. See the FAQ for Title Attorneys for information on using the ERT.
- DRAFT Construction General Permit 3-9020 (2019) is on public notice March 26, 2019 through May 3, 2019. Written public comments on the proposed permit are invited and must be recieved on or before Friday May 3, 2019. A public hearing is scheduled for April 25, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm in the Montpelier Room at the National Life Campus in Montpelier, Vermont. To review the DRAFT document and related materials please visit the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB)
- The 2018 MS4 General Permit has been issued. See the MS4 page for more information.
- The Muncipal Road General Permit has been issued. Learn about the Stormwater Municipal Roads Program. Check back for more training opportunities.
- See the Training Page for past trainings and design examples for the 2017 VSMM.
- DEC is revising the Stormwater Rule for all permit programs. See the Stormwater Permitting Rule Update page for more information.
- The 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual Rule and Design Guidance went into effect on July 1, 2017. All applications received after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30th, 2017 must comply with the new manual and use the forms available on the Application Materials page. Applications received on old forms may be returned to the applicant. The program appreciates your patience, as permits may require additional processing time during the transition.
- Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL issued by EPA. Phosphorus offsets are no longer required for projects within the Lake Champlain basin.
- MSGP renewal information
- All Applications MUST use new forms for both Construction Permits and State Stormwater Permits
- FAQ for Title Attorneys