Construction & Development Requirements

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

The City of Paso Robles requires a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and SWPPP Checklist (PDF) be submitted to the Community Development Department for every project which is greater than or equal to one acre (including projects less than one acre that are part of a larger plan of development or sale that would disturb more than one acre.

View the Construction Site Stormwater Quality Requirements (PDF) of the State's General Construction Permit and preparing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.

Stormwater Management Requirements on Developer & Single Family Grading Permits

The purpose of these requirements is to provide guidelines for addressing Stormwater management on developer and single-family grading permits (PDF) and other construction activities with potential to pollute Stormwater. These guidelines apply to all types of soil disturbance projects that are regulated by the City Grading ordinance. In addition to these measures, projects that are over one acre in disturbed area have responsibilities directly to the State Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Construction Best Management Practices

Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Handbooks
Caltrans water pollution control manuals provide direction on how to prepare a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP). Electronic templates of these documents have been prepared to assist construction contractors in their preparation of these documents. Caltrans has also developed and obtained the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approval of numerous Best Management Practices (BMP) for preventing water pollution. For more information view the CalTrans manuals.

Best Management Practice Handbooks

The California Stormwater Best Management Practice Handbooks have provided excellent guidance to the Stormwater community since their publication by the Stormwater Quality Task Force (SWQTF) in 1993. These Handbooks reflect the current practices, standards, and significant amount of knowledge gained since the early 90s about the effectiveness of BMPs. 

View more information about Post-Construction Storm Water Runoff Management.