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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 25. State Water Control Board
Chapter 880. General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities
7/8/2020

9VAC25-880-50. Registration Statement.

A. Deadlines for submitting registration statement. Any operator seeking coverage under this general permit, and that is required to submit a registration statement, shall submit a complete and accurate general VPDES permit registration statement in accordance with this section, which shall serve as a notice of intent for coverage under the general VPDES permit for discharges of stormwater from construction activities.

1. New construction activities.

a. Any operator proposing a new stormwater discharge from construction activities shall submit a complete and accurate registration statement to the VSMP authority prior to the commencement of land disturbance.

b. Any operator proposing a new stormwater discharge from construction activities in response to a public emergency where the related work requires immediate authorization to avoid imminent endangerment to human health or the environment is authorized to discharge under this general permit, provided that:

(1) The operator submits a complete and accurate registration statement to the VSMP authority no later than 30 days after commencing land disturbance; and

(2) Documentation to substantiate the occurrence of the public emergency is provided with the registration statement.

c. Any operator proposing a new stormwater discharge associated with the construction of a single-family detached residential structure, within or outside a common plan of development or sale, is authorized to discharge under this general permit and is not required to submit a registration statement or the department portion of the permit fee.

2. Existing construction activities.

a. Any operator who was authorized to discharge under the expiring or expired general permit and who intends to continue coverage under this general permit shall:

(1) Submit a complete and accurate registration statement to the VSMP authority at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the existing permit or a later submittal date established by the board; and

(2) Update its stormwater pollution prevention plan to comply with the requirements of this general permit no later than 60 days after the date of coverage under this general permit.

b. Any operator with an existing stormwater discharge associated with the construction of a single-family detached residential structure, within or outside a common plan of development or sale that intends to continue coverage under this general permit, is authorized to discharge under this general permit and is not required to submit a registration statement or the department portion of the permit fee, provided that the operator updates its stormwater pollution prevention plan to comply with the requirements of this general permit no later than 60 days after the date of coverage under this general permit.

3. For stormwater discharges from construction activities where the operator changes, the new operator shall submit a complete and accurate registration statement or transfer agreement form and any other documents deemed necessary by the VSMP authority to the VSMP authority to demonstrate transfer of ownership and long-term maintenance responsibilities for stormwater management facilities, as required, has occurred prior to assuming operational control over site specifications or commencing work on-site.

4. Late notifications. Operators are not prohibited from submitting registration statements after commencing land disturbance. When a late registration statement is submitted, authorization for discharges shall not occur until coverage under the general permit is issued. The VSMP authority, department, board, and the EPA reserve the right to take enforcement action for any unpermitted discharges that occur between the commencement of land disturbance and discharge authorization.

5. Late registration statements. Registration statements for existing facilities covered under subdivision A 2 a of this section will be accepted after the expiration date of this permit, but authorization to discharge will not be retroactive. The VSMP authority, department, board, and the EPA reserve the right to take enforcement action for any unpermitted discharges that occur after existing permit coverage expires and prior to coverage under this permit is approved.

B. Registration statement. The operator shall submit a registration statement to the VSMP authority that contains the following information:

1. Name, contact, mailing address, telephone number, and email address if available of the construction activity operator. No more than one operator may receive coverage under each registration statement;

NOTE: General permit coverage will be issued to this operator, and the certification in subdivision 17 of this subsection shall be signed by the appropriate person associated with this operator as described in Part III K of 9VAC25-880-70.

2. Name and physical location address of the construction activity, when available, to be covered under this general permit, including city or county, and latitude and longitude in decimal degrees (six digits - ten-thousandths place);

3. A site map (in an 8.5 inch by 11 inch format) showing the location of the existing or proposed land-disturbing activities for which the operator is seeking permit coverage, the limits of land disturbance, construction entrances, on-site support activities, and all water bodies receiving stormwater discharges from the site;

4. If offsite support activities will be used, the name and physical location address, when available, of those offsite support activities, including city or county; latitude and longitude in decimal degrees (six digits - ten-thousandths place); and whether or not the offsite support activity will be covered under this general permit or a separate VPDES permit;

5. Status of the construction activity: federal, state, public, or private;

6. Nature of the construction activity (e.g., commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural, oil and gas, etc.);

7. If stormwater management plans for the construction activity have been approved by an entity with department approved annual standards and specifications, the name of the entity with the department approved annual standards and specifications. A copy of the annual standard and specification entity form shall be submitted with the registration statement;

8. If the construction activity was previously authorized to discharge under the general permit effective July 1, 2014, the date of erosion and sediment control plan approval for the estimated area to be disturbed by the construction activity during this permit term;

9. If the construction activity was previously authorized to discharge under the general permit effective July 1, 2014, whether land disturbance has commenced;

10. Name of the receiving waters and sixth order Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC);

11. If the discharge is through a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), the name of the MS4 operator;

12. Estimated project start date and completion date;

13. Total land area of development and estimated area to be disturbed by the construction activity during this permit term (to the nearest one-hundredth of an acre);

14. Whether the area to be disturbed by the construction activity is part of a larger common plan of development or sale;

15. If nutrient credits are to be used to demonstrate compliance with the water quality technical criteria as allowed in 9VAC25-870-65 F, a letter of availability from an appropriate nutrient bank that nonpoint source nutrient credits are available;

16. A stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) shall be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the General VPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities prior to submitting the registration statement. By signing the registration statement the operator certifies that the SWPPP has been prepared; and

17. The following certification: "I certify under penalty of law that I have read and understand this registration statement and that this document and all attachments were prepared in accordance with a system designed to assure that qualified personnel properly gathered and evaluated the information submitted. Based on my inquiry of the person or persons who manage the system or those persons directly responsible for gathering the information, the information submitted is to the best of my knowledge and belief true, accurate, and complete. I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information including the possibility of fine and imprisonment for knowing violations."

C. The registration statement shall be signed in accordance with 9VAC25-880-70, Part III K.

Statutory Authority

§ 62.1-44.15:25 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Former 4VAC50-60-1150 derived from Volume 21, Issue 03, eff. January 29, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 16, eff. May 13, 2009; Volume 29, Issue 04, eff. November 21, 2012; amended and renumbered, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 02, eff. October 23, 2013; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 13, eff. July 1, 2014; Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. July 1, 2014; Volume 35, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2019.

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