Environmental Management

The Engineering Division of Botetourt County's Department of General Services ensures compliance with regulations concerning Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management, handles Land Disturbance permitting, and educates the public about land and water conservation issues.

For general commercial permitting information including forms, fees, procedures, and to schedule a pre-permitting advisory meeting, see the Permitting page.


Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC)

ESC regulations prevent soil on development sites from washing into waterways and onto adjoining properties. These apply to any "blade in the ground" projects where land is disturbed. To report an ESC violation or to register a drainage complaint, email stormwater@botetourt.org.

A Land Disturbing Permit (LDP) is required for all commercial and subdivision projects, as well as any project whose area is greater than 10,000 square feet. However, an impact risk assessment can necessitate an LDP for any land disturbing project.

Application for an LDP requires submission of a design checklist that demonstrates compliance with the State's minimum standards as well as a complete set of project plans that include a stormwater management plan. It is also required that the project be bonded. These forms can be downloaded; they are also contained in a commercial permitting packet available from the Deputy County Administrator's Office on the 2nd floor of the Old District Courthouse.

The Erosion & Sediment Control Plan Review Fee (for the Land Disturbing Permit) is $100 for projects involving one acre or less, plus $50 per acre or portion thereof in excess of one acre.


LDP Forms

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References & Resources

  •  Miss Utility is the call center for excavators, contractors, property owners, and those planning any kind of excavation or digging. Call 1-800-552-7001 before you dig. It’s the only way to avoid costly mistakes, fines and even personal injury. Besides, it’s the law!

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Stormwater Management

Stormwater is any type of precipitation that runs over the ground and drains into a gutter, ditch, storm drain, river, pond or lake. When stormwater runs across the ground it picks up pollutions such as grass clippings, fertilizer, litter, cigarette butts, motor oil from leaking cars, and brake dust. Polluted stormwater negatively affects our water quality and can lead to both economic and health problems because it is released into our waterways without being treated.

Mill Creek

In fulfillment of the Clean Water Act and state stormwater regulations, Botetourt County is working to increase public knowledge of stormwater pollution and its effect on water quality. This is implemented through public education and outreach, public involvement and participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site control, post-construction management and development and pollution prevention/good housekeeping.

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Environmental Education

Environmental Education ProgramBotetourt County has made education and outreach a major component of the Stormwater and Erosion & Sedimentation Control Programs. County staff have conducted numerous field trips, workshops, forums, and meetings to educate and inform citizens. The staff also partners with cooperating agencies to educate children in the County’s public schools.

For future and on-going education & outreach opportunities, please check the County web site “News and Events” or contact the Botetourt County Public Works office: (540) 473-8316 to schedule a presentation.

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References & Resources

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Links to Related Information

 

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State, Federal Agencies & Conservation Groups

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