Depending on the size and location of your project, you may need environmental permits in addition to building permits. Environmental permits are intended to reduce pollution from sediment runoff and manage stormwater runoff and use of the County right-of-way.
Size of Project
Will your project disturb 2500 square feet of land, or more? If so, you will need a Land Disturbance/Stormwater Permit, which helps to manage pollution during construction and stormwater runoff after construction.
If the area of land disturbance associated with multiple, separate projects within a 2-year period meets the 2,500-square-foot threshold, this permit is also required.
- Not sure how large an area your project will disturb? Learn more about estimating your area of land disturbance. To help improve clarity in the project planning and design process, there is a pilot program underway that establishes more precise regulatory thresholds beyond land disturbance, associated with overall project footprints and scope. More information is available at the links below.
- Land Disturbance/Stormwater Permit
- What is Land Disturbance, and how do I estimate the Area of Land Disturbance?
Location of Project
Is your property near a stream or in the floodplain? You may need a Resource Protection Area (RPA) or floodplain permit/review.
- The Water Quality Impact Assessment Data Sheet is required if the property is located within 100 feet of a stream (in the Resource Protection Area). Check the RPA map for more details.
- A Floodplain Development Permit is required if the property is within the 100-year flood plain or County-required Flood Buffer Zone.
Will your project require any work in the County right of way (sidewalk or street), or connection to a County maintained structure on private property? A Excavation Right-of-Way Permit is required for installation, connection, repairs of utilities and/or any work performed within the County right-of-way (sidewalk, curb and gutter, driveway apron, gas, electric, etc.). Right-of-Way permits are also required when a connection is made to a County-maintained storm or sanitary sewer structure (manhole, inlet, etc.) within private property.
Will your project require blockage of the road, sidewalk or parking meters, because of a dumpster, crane, or other equipment? A Transportation Right-of-Way Permit is required for any proposed work that may block or substantially limit the use of a roadway, sidewalk and/or parking meter. Need for the permit would be indicated by need for construction equipment, dumpsters, PODs, trailers, lane closures, overweight and oversized vehicles, parking meter closures and sidewalk closures in the public right-of-way.