Urban runoff, discharged from municipal storm water conveyance systems, was identified by local, regional and national research programs as one of the principal causes of water quality problems in most urban areas. The City of San Diego Storm Water Standards Manual provides information to applicants for projects processed by the Development Services Department (DSD) or the City’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) on how to comply with the permanent and construction storm water quality requirements for new development projects in the City of San Diego. This manual first went into effect on Dec. 2, 2002, and was updated on:
- Jan. 14, 2011;
- Jan. 20, 2012;
- Feb. 16, 2016; and
- Jan. 3, 2018.
Construction Site Storm Water Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Storm Water Requirements Applicability Checklist (Form DS-560)
Use this checklist to determine your project's permanent and construction storm water best management practice requirements. This form must be completed and scanned onto the plan set.
Storm Water - Construction Site Guidelines Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides a summary of storm water BMPs required by the City of San Diego Municipal Code and Storm Water Standards Manual for projects authorized through DSD or the CIP.
New Storm Water Permit Requirements
On May 8, 2013, the State of California, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted Order No. R9-2013-0001, which renewed the municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit and changed some of the requirements for water quality improvements and construction site BMPs. The current requirements are reflected in the Jan. 2018 update of the Storm Water Standards Manual.
A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Guide for the Construction Industry
This brochure contains a helpful graphic and information how to properly implement BMPs at all construction sites in the City to protect storm drains and minimize pollution.
California Stormwater Qualtity Association
This organization assists California storm water permittees in developing, implementing and maintaining effective stormwater quality management programs.
Watersheds within the City of San Diego
Think Blue Program - Solution to Storm Drain Pollution
Includes City Clean Water programs outreach literature, reports, resources and links, K-12 curricula (Project SWELL) and other useful information.
Fire Sprinkler Discharge Runoff
When it is infeasible to discharge non-emergency fire activities to the sanitary sewer, non-emergency fire flows are allowed to discharge to the storm drain by implementing BMPs to prevent pollutants from entering the storm drain.