This section includes model ordinance language, which focuses primarily on the maintenance of stormwater BMPs, and includes the elements of design, routine maintenance, and inspections. Stormwater ordinance language regarding the maintenance of erosion control measures would differ slightly from a sediment and erosion control ordinance due to the short-term nature of these measures. In addition, it is important to note that elements such as the process of applying for a permit would be included in more comprehensive sediment and erosion control or stormwater ordinances.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Stormwater Operation and Maintenance Model Ordinance (PDF)(2 pp, 26 K)
Ordinance Language from Grand Traverse County, MI (PDF)(5 pp, 24 K)
This ordinance language provides an example of operation and maintenance for both stormwater and erosion and sediment control.
Example maintenance agreement from Albemarle County, VA (PDF)(5 pp, 20 K)
This document provides an example of an agreement that places the responsibility of maintenance on the property owner.
Easement and ROW agreement from Montgomery County, MD (PDF)(4 pp, 17 K)
This document ensures that ample space is provided near a BMP for inspection and maintenance.
Anne Arundel County, MD Inspection Checklist (PDF)(3 pp, 17 K)
This pond inspection list is an example of a useful field tool to ensure maintenance of BMPs.
Performance Bond from Colorado (PDF)(19 pp, 82 K)
Performance bonds can be used to provide an incentive for both proper construction and long-term maintenance of BMPs.