What is the Stormwater Management Permit process? What can I expect?
The SWP process involves both Goochland County and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
1. Submit plans with application and appropriate fees
2. Plans will be routed to agencies for review and completeness
3. Agencies will comment on plans
4. Stormwater Engineer will compile agency comments and mail a letter to the engineer and owner/developer
5. Engineer will resubmit plans based on comments received
6. Plans are resubmitted & routed for review by agencies
7. If plans are in approvable state, Stormwater Engineer will inform owner/developer of any required paperwork
8. The registration statement is submitted to DEQ.
9. The owner/developer will receive fee information from DEQ.
10. Once DEQ fees are paid, DEQ will issue a coverage letter. Please note that this is not authorization to begin work.
11. Stormwater Engineer will determine if all paperwork is complete.
12. Stormwater Permit will be issued. Please note that a Stormwater Permit is not authorization to begin site work. A Land Disturbance Permit is required before any clearing can begin.

The entire process can take as long as six months, depending on multiple variables. Please plan your development accordingly. Please see the flowchart for more information.
Stormwater Management Permit process

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1. What is a Plan of Development (POD)?
2. When is a Plan of Development required?
3. What do I need in order to apply for a POD?
4. What is the POD review procedure? What can I expect?
5. Who do I contact to find the status of my POD review?
6. What is a Land Disturbing Permit (LDP)?
7. When is a Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) required?
8. What do I need in order to apply for a LDP?
9. What is the LDP review procedure? What can I expect?
10. Can my POD & LDP be reviewed together?
11. What is a Stormwater Management Permit?
12. Do I have to get a Stormwater permit for Single-Family Detached Residential Structures?
13. Who do I contact if I want to install a culvert for a driveway?
14. I am a developer and want to build a road. What permits do I need?
15. Who do I contact if I want to clear my land for pasture or other agricultural activity?
16. How can I determine if there is Floodplain or Wetlands on my property?
17. Who do I contact if I want to build a bridge or install a culvert across a creek?
18. Who do I contact if I want to create a pond? build a dam?
19. My well needs to be replaced. Who do I contact?
20. I need to find the location of my septic tank. Who do I contact?
21. The County has issued my Plan of Development (POD) or my Land Disturbance Permit (LDP). Who do I need to contact for my pre-construction meeting?
22. The County informed me that I need to post a Bond for site improvements. What paperwork do I need?
23. What is a Responsible Land Disturber (RLD)? Is there a required RLD form?
24. My building and site is complete. How can I get my bond released?
25. When can apply for my Stormwater Management Permit?
26. What is the Stormwater Management Permit process? What can I expect?