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Stormwater Regulations

The Water Resources Department supports Hampton Roads localities with information on stormwater-related legislative and regulatory activities that may impact permit compliance, negotiation, and renewals. Staff monitors legislation and regulatory activities for emerging issues and anticipates regional needs for coordination, comment, technical studies, and continuing program development. On behalf of the region’s localities, staff also serves on regulatory and technical advisory committees that guide new legislation and revisions to policies and regulations.

The revised Virginia Stormwater Management (SWM) Regulations became effective on Sept. 13, 2011. HRPDC supports local government’s efforts to implement the new regulations. In accordance with a 2012 General Assembly action, all localities must implement the SWM regulations through a local program. Local programs may be run through regional entities including the Soil and Water Conservation District or Planning District Commission. All local programs must be implemented by July 1, 2012.


  • Click here for the final regulations from the Virginia Legislative Services website. PDF
  • Click here for a copy of the final regulations showing those areas modified since they were previously approved and then suspended in 2009. PDF
  • Questions for DCR regarding the Virginia SWM program may be emailed to in New Tab

Low Impact Development Checklist for Hampton Roads

Low Impact Development (LID) is a stormwater management approach that minimizes the hydrological impact of development by using design techniques that infiltrate, filter, store, evaporate, and detain runoff close to its source. Click the link below for the LID Checklist for Hampton Roads.

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