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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 590. Waterworks Regulations
6/18/2024

12VAC5-590-300. Issuance of a general permit for construction of distribution mains.

A. Instead of obtaining a permit for each distribution main project, an owner may elect to obtain a general permit for the construction of distribution mains. These general permits are issued by the commissioner, but all requests for a general permit are directed initially to the department.

B. The following requirements shall be satisfied for the issuance of a general permit:

1. The owner shall develop, adopt, and have the department's approval of general specifications and plan details covering distribution main design and construction. The general specifications shall be at least as stringent as the requirements contained in this chapter.

2. The owner shall enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the department. The department will outline the waterworks-specific requirements, and the owner's method of compliance with the requirements. The waterworks-specific requirements include the following:

a. The maximum size of pipe to be covered by the general permit;

b. The means for modifying the department's approved general specifications and plan details;

c. The maintenance of engineering capabilities satisfactory to the department, either on-staff or through contractual arrangements;

d. The preparation of engineering plans and specifications for individual projects;

e. The maintenance of up-to-date distribution system maps and other appropriate records; and

f. The submission by the owner to the department of appropriate reports, including an annual report and summary, concerning all projects constructed under the terms of the MOU and information concerning changes to the distribution system.

C. Once the general specifications are approved and the MOU is agreed to by the department, the commissioner will issue a general permit for distribution mains with the MOU attached.

D. The general permit allows for the construction of distribution mains. The duration for the general permit is five years.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-170 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-18-003.25 § 1.31, eff. August 1, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 9, Issue 17, eff. June 23, 1993; Volume 37, Issue 20, eff. June 23, 2021.

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