Stormwater Management

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P.O. BOX 466
PHONE: 276-694-6094
FAX: 276-694-2160

Office is located in the
Patrick County Veterans Memorial Building
2nd Floor, Suite 218

Mark A. Vernon
Combined SWM Administrator


Stormwater Management (SWM)

Brief History 

The Virginia Stormwater Management Act (VSMA) was first passed in 1989, and is the basis for all requirements pertaining to stormwater management in Virginia. The stated intent of the VSMA is to "ensure the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth as well as protect the quality and quantity of state waters from the potential harm of unmanaged stormwater". When the VSMA was first passed, all state agencies were required to meet its requirements and local governments were given the option, but not required to adopt a local program. The VSMA and Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations have been amended and expanded several times since its enactment in 1989 but perhaps the biggest changes occurred in 2012 as a result of the passage of House Bill 1065, also called the Integration Bill. Among the changes made in that Bill, is the requirement that certain counties, cities and towns in the state adopt and administer a local Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP), effectively creating a statewide program that can operate at the local level.

In response to the passage of House Bill 1065, Patrick County adopted its Stormwater Management Ordinance on September 22, 2014, which effectively established Patrick County as a local Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Authority.


Although only having been enacted since 2014, the Patrick County SWM Office is striving to fulfill its intended purpose which is to "ensure the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Patrick County and the Town of Stuart and to protect the quality and quantity of state waters from the potential harm of unmanaged stormwater, including protection from a land disturbing activity causing unreasonable degradation of properties, water quality, stream channels, and other natural resources, and to establish procedures whereby stormwater requirements related to water quality and quantity shall be administered and enforced."


The Patrick County SWM Office accomplishes the purpose of the County's Stormwater Management Ordinance by; effectively administering the application process requirements of the state's General VPDES Permit (VAR10) for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities and issuing a VSMP Authority Permit (SWM-P01) for any non-exempt land-disturbing activity that results in a disturbance of 1 acre or more; by implementing a systematic program for inspections to ensure that the conditions of the permits are being carried out; and by pursuing enforcement actions when a violation of the ordinance exists.


Stormwater Management (SWM) Documents


Patrick County SWM Ordinance

Example Site Plan Review Checklist

Commonwealth of Virginia General Permit (VPDES) No.: VAR10

Commonwealth of Virginia Single-family Residential VAR10 Permit Coverage Letter

Construction Record Drawing Checklist for Permanent SWM BMPs

SWPPP Development Guide

A Landowners Guide to SWM for Single-Family Residential Construction

Stormwater Bond Estimate Worksheet


Stormwater Management (SWM) Forms

(Form LDA-001A) Notice of Permit Requirement for Single-Family Residence

(Form SWM-001SF) Single-Family Residence VSMP Permit Application

(Form SWM-001) Construction General Permit Application (Commercial or Industrial Plans)

(Form SWM-002) Plan Submitter's Checklist

(Form SWM-003) Registration Statement - Construction General Permit

(Form SWM-004) Construction General Permit Fee Form

(Form SWM-005) Agreement in Lieu of a SWM Plan for Single-Family Residential Construction

(Form SWM-006) Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for Single-Family Residential Construction

(Form SWM-007) VSMP Authority Construction General Permit (SWM-P01)

(Form SWM-008) Notice of Termination - Construction General Permit

(Form SWM-009) Transfer of Ownership - Construction General Permit

(Form SWM-010) SWM-P01 General Permit Project Completion Form

(Form SWM-011) Draft BMP Maintenance Agreement Form


Stormwater Management Links

State (DEQ) SWM Website

State (DEQ) Stormwater Management Handbook, 2013

BMP Clearinghouse

Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) Map

USDA Soils Map

Win TR-55 Watershed Hydrology Download

Virginia Impaired Waters