Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management Ordinance

The purpose of the Rockingham County’s Stormwater Ordinance is to protect the lands and waters of the county, as they are great natural resources. The purpose of this program is to:
  • Establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls to protect properties
  • Safeguard the general health, safety, and welfare of the public residing in watersheds within this jurisdiction
  • Protect aquatic resources

The stormwater management ordinance for Rockingham County is directly modeled after the current state ordinance for stormwater management developed by the Department of Environmental Quality. All design and technical criteria refer back to the Virginia State code as well as the Virginia Stormwater Management Handbook.


For all sites greater than one acre in disturbed area, a plan review, inspection, and post construction inspection process, which functions separately from the Erosion and Sediment Control program, are required. This inspection process during construction is required to make sure the approved site has a Virginia Stormwater Management Plan (VSMP) and permit, and is following the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) guidelines which accompany that permit.

Surveys & Maintenance Agreements

As-built surveys and maintenance agreements are required on all permanent facilities. As a result, permanent water quality and quantity management facilities are inspected on an annual basis after completion to make sure they are still being maintained, function properly, and are still in accordance with the as-built survey and maintenance agreement.