The NPDES stormwater program regulates discharges that are associated with "large" and "small" construction activities.
Large Construction Activity
Disturbs five acres or greater of land, or
Disturbs less than five acres of land that is part of a larger common plan of development or sale that will ultimately disturb five acres or greater.
Small Construction Activity
Disturbs equal to or greater than one and less than five acres of land, or
Disturbs less than one acre of land that is part of a larger common plan of development or sale that will ultimately disturb between one and five acres.
Construction Generic Permit Requirements
Operators of construction activities must obtain coverage under an NPDES Stormwater Permit and implement appropriate pollution prevention techniques to minimize erosion and sedimentation and properly manage stormwater. A generic permit is a general permit issued by DEP under the authority of section 403.0885, Florida Statutes, which is the provision authorizing the state to implement the NPDES program.
A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be developed and implemented to be in compliance with the permit. See the CGP and SWPPP Guidance for details.
A Notice of Termination (NOT) (DEP Form 62-621.300(6)) must be submitted online or by paper copy to the NPDES Stormwater Notices Center to discontinue permit coverage. Permit coverage shall be terminated when the eligibility requirements for termination specified in the CGP are met.
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