Construction Runoff and Post Construction Development
EPA and DHEC have classified the City of Florence as a Small MS4, and delegated authority and responsibility to the City of Florence to regulate construction site stormwater runoff. Due to the potential impact construction has on water quality, construction site stormwater runoff control is a more clearly defined permit requirement for all MS4s. For this reason, all land-disturbing construction activities inside the City of Florence must be permitted.
In order for the City to adequately reduce adverse water quality impacts due to land disturbing activity, it was necessary to establish the legal authority to require Best Management Practices (BMPs) and other water quality considerations on construction sites. It was also necessary to establish the legal authority to inspect sites and regulate these water quality requirements.
Another requirement resulting from our MS4 designation is the responsibility for inspecting active construction sites for stormwater compliance. In addition to our oversight inspections, contractors are required to conduct weekly inspections of their projects. Click the following link to see our recommended Owner Inspection Report.
Please contact the City of Florence Planning, Research & Development Department and the City of Florence Engineering Division at (843)665-2047 to begin the planning and permitting process of your proposed development. You can visit both departments in person on the 2nd floor of the City of Florence City Center at 324 W. Evans St., Florence, SC 29501.