Stormwater Management

The Stormwater Management Program promotes effective storm water drainage and informs and educates residents on storm water issues. 


The Stormwater Management Program's responsibilities include;

  • Daily site inspection of multiple construction projects to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal codes and standards
  • Performs site construction, erosion and sediment control (E&S), and Best Management Practice inspections in support of the City’s E&S, MS4 and VSMP Permit
  • The review of site and development plans

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program

The City manages the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit that implements six Minimum Control Measures to ensure pollutants are not being transported in stormwater runoff. 


To provide input on the City's Program Plan, please contact the City's Stormwater Program Manager.

-VPDES General Permit and Approval Letter

-Program Plan with Appendices 

-2022 Annual Report

-2021 Annual Report

-2020 Annual Report

-2019 Annual Report

-2018 Annual Report

-Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan

-Local TMDL Action Plan

Stormwater Fact Sheets

-Fertilizer Tips

-Pet Care Fact Sheet

-How to Maintain Stormwater Management Systems at Home

Stormwater Utility 

The stormwater utility is used to ensure the compliance of the City of Petersburg stormwater programs and helps keep local waterways clean.  

-Stormwater Utility Frequently Asked Questions

-Stormwater Utility Ordinance

-Stormwater Utility Rate Resolution

-Stormwater Advisory Committee Presentation

-Residential Fee Credit Manual (with Application)

- Non-residential/Multi-family Fee Credit Manual (with Application)


Construction or land disturbing activities may need to be reviewed and permitted through the City's Planning and Development Department. Stormwater related permits: 

-Land Disturbance Permit Application

-Stormwater Guidelines and Maintenance Agreement

-Agreement in Lieu of Plan

-SWM BMP Certification Form

Ways to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering in the City Events, please check out our Volunteer Programs Page

The City provides the following programs to city residents:

-Citywide Cleanup Days

-Watershed Cleanup Days

-Leaf Collection Services

-Recycling Services (offered through CFS)

-Adopt-A-Street & Adopt-A-Spot Program 

Report a Concern

To report potential illicit discharges, improper disposal, or spills, or complaints regarding land disturbing activities or other potential stormwater pollution concerns, use the Citizen Complaint tool listed below:

Report a Concern 


Related Ordinances

-Stormwater Management Ordinance

-Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance

-Floodplain Management Ordinance

-Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas Ordinance

-Illicit Discharge Ordinance 

Additional Information

Additional information related to important stormwater topics or the City of Petersburg MS4 Permit can be found at the links provided below.

-EPA Animal Waste Initiative 

-James River Pet Waste Coalition 

-Central Virginia Waste Management Authority 

-James River Association 

-Friends of the Lower Appomattox River 

Old Links

June 2013 Public Meeting Presentation (Stormwater Utility Fee Program)  

MS4 Annual Report

MS4 Program Plan

2018 Public Notice for MS4 Outfall Inspection and Mapping

2015 Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan

Stormwater Map