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Reducing Stormwater Pollution | City Stormwater Management Plan |
Utility Fee | Stormwater Management for Site Development
Stormwater runoff is a leading source of water pollution. Stormwater runoff can
harm surface waters such as rivers, lakes, and streams which in turn cause or contribute
to water quality standards being exceeded. Stormwater runoff can change natural
hydrologic patterns, accelerate stream flows, destroy aquatic habitats, and elevate
pollutant concentrations and loadings. Development substantially increases runoff
from city streets, driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks, on which pollutants from
human activities settle.
Stormwater runoff within the City of Greenville flows through a
storm sewer system (MS4) and ultimately discharges into local rivers and streams,
not the wastewater treatment plant. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
regulates these stormwater discharges through the
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination
System (NPDES) Stormwater Program. This program requires that the City of Greenville
implement an MS4 stormwater management program with the intent to improve the Nation’s
waterways by reducing the pollutants that stormwater runoff picks up and carries
into the stormwater systems during storm events.
Through the MS4 general permit, the City of Greenville is required to develop a
stormwater management plan that incorporates best management practices (BMPs) applicable
to our MS4. There are six program components known as
minimum control measures (MCMs)
that must be implemented. They are:
Public Education and Outreach |
Illicit Discharge Elimination
Construction Site Runoff Controls |
Post-Construction Runoff Controls
Pollution Prevention and "Good Housekeeping"
Reducing Stormwater Pollution
Through the MS4 general permit, the city is improving the quality of lakes and rivers
that receive our stormwater discharges, thereby improving the quality of life for
our citizens by protecting and restoring local water quality. However, the responsibility
for water quality is not left in the hands of public officials. Private citizens
can change the way they do small things and have a dramatic effect on the quality
of our streams and rivers.
Reduing Storm Drain Pollution
Improving Water Quality
Car Washing Basics
Stormwater Utility Fee
Who pays the Stormwater Utility Fee?
Every property owner in the city is charged a stormwater utility fee, whether the property is occupied or vacant.
This fee is included with the annual tax notice from
Greenville County. While all developed properties are charged a fee, the fee may
be reduced for non-residential properties where owners maintain stormwater quantity-
and quality-control measures, reduce runoff or eliminate runoff.
Certain credits also may available for institutions that help provide education
about stormwater to the public. This reduction is called a credit.
More about the Stormwater Utility Fee Credit
What is the fee?
Residential single-family property is billed based on the following rates:
Developed Residential (less than 1640 sq ft)
Developed Residential (greater than 1640 sq ft)
Multi-family developed and non-residential properties are billed based on the following rates PER ERU (equivalent residential unit):
Annual Base Rate Per ERU
Note: Where the total ERUs= total impervious area of the parcel in sq ft/2389 sq ft.
Need more help with the Stormwater Utility Fee? Detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions
Stormwater Management Plan
The adoption of the City of Greenville Stormwater Management Plan and the establishment
of a stormwater management program provides the City with rules, regulations, and projects that will reduce the potential for stormwater
damage. The City can better assess funding consideration for capital improvement projects
that will correct existing flooding problems and reduce the likelihood of future
issues. The Environmental
Engineering Bureau of the Engineering Division of Public Works is responsible for
the implementation of the Stormwater Management Plan.
Download Greenville Stormwater Management Plan (388 KB)
City Stormwater Ordinance
The City of Greenville's Stormwater Ordinance is available
online. The Stormwater Ordinance is Chapter 19 of the
Land Management Ordinance.
Navigating the Permitting Process
Almost all development or redevelopment of any structure or parcel of land within
the City requires the issuance of a Site Plan Permit prior to the issuance of any
other building or construction related permit pursuant to Section 19-2.3.9, Site
Plan Permit. Other permits in addition to the Site Plan Permit may be required depending
on the scope of the project. In many cases, a Stormwater Permit will be required.
Individual Single Family construction is exempt from obtaining a Stormwater Permit.
However, no construction activity is exempt from the floodplain, floodway, wetland,
riparian environment, depressional storage and soil erosion and sediment control
provisions of Section 19-7, Stormwater Management.
Site Plan Permits are administered by the Planning and Development Division. Detailed
Site Plan submittal requirements for Single Family and Non-Single Family development
have been provided. Stormwater Permits are administered by the Engineering Division,
and detailed Stormwater Permitting information is provided below.
Stormwater Management for Site Development
As part of the Stormwater Ordinance, all development in the City has regulatory requirements that align with the City’s
Stormwater Management Plan. The City of Greenville has developed guidance and support for site development projects
so that they are able to effectively meet the requirements of the City Stormwater Ordinance and obtain necessary
permits associated with the development. To determine what type of permit is required for your proposed development,
view the Stormwater Permit Flow Chart.
Permit Application Documents
Stormwater Permit Application
Sediment and Erosion Control Permit Checklist
Minor Stormwater Permit Checklist
Major Stormwater Permit Checklist
SWPPP Booklet Template
Stormwater Management Facility Certification Form
Stormwater Maintenance Agreement
For City of Greenville Details and Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Notes required to meet the performance requirements of the Ordinance, see the Design and Specifications Manual.
For applicable DHEC forms, www.scdhec.gov.
Land Disturbance Permits
A permit must be purchased from the City before land disturbing activities
can occur. A permit may be purchased only after the proposed development
is issued a Stormwater Permit by the City of Greenville. View application and