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Stormwater General Permit for Construction Activities

Stormwater permit requirements for the discharge of stormwater associated with construction activities that disturb one (1) or more acres of soil.

2018 Construction General Permit (CGP) TXR150000

The TCEQ has issued the 2018 Construction General Permit (CGP) TXR150000. Construction activities are regulated under the CGP if they discharge stormwater to any surface water in the state and disturb an acre or more of soil.

2018 CGP Documents:

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Stormwater Requirements for Construction Activities

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)

The CGP requires construction site operators to develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) prior to commencing construction.

An SWP3 is a document that outlines construction plans and best management practices (BMPs) to control pollutants that may be discharged in stormwater runoff. Small Business and Local Government Assistance (SBLGA) has developed templates to help you develop your SWP3.

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Waivers for Small Construction Activities

Low Potential for Erosion
You may be automatically authorized under this general permit if your construction activity occurs during periods of low potential for erosion.

Low Rainfall Erosivity Waiver
You may be eligible for this waiver if your construction activity has a low potential to wash away soil, as determined using the erosivity factor.

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Stay in Compliance

Construction Industry Compliance AssistanceExit the TCEQ
Explanations of environmental rules for the construction industry.

Additional Guidance and Quick Links: Construction Activities
Links to documents associated with construction stormwater activities.

State and Federal Rules for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities
Rules in the Texas Administrative code, the Texas Water Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations affecting stormwater discharges from construction activities.

TCEQ’s Small Business and Local Government Assistance Program has developed several guidance documents for the construction community, including SWP3 worksheets, guidance document for primary and secondary operators, and frequently asked questions.

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