Construction Site Inspection Program

On March 5, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released the "New General Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit for Construction Activities." This general permit authorizes the discharge of stormwater runoff associated with small and large construction sites and certain non-stormwater discharges into surface water in the state.

The City's Stormwater Services Division is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local Stormwater Construction permit requirements throughout the City of Abilene. This includes ensuring that sites are properly permitted and, if required, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans are implemented. They also ensure that erosion and sediment controls are adequately maintained on these sites.

  1. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
  2. Notice of Intent/Construction Site Notices
  3. TCEQ Construction General Permit
  4. City Inspection Guidelines
  5. TECQ Templates

A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP or SWP3) is a document that identifies sources and activities at a particular facility or construction site that may contribute pollutants to stormwater runoff by discharging into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The SWPPP outlines a plan developed by the operator to minimize pollutants from coming off the site and into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System by using specific site control measures or Best Management Practices (BMPs).

A SWPPP must be prepared and implemented prior to the beginning of construction activities in accordance with the requirements of the Construction General Permit or any individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit issued for stormwater discharges from the construction site.