A Refresher – Florida CGP Requirements

The Construction Generic Permit (CGP) allows a construction site to discharge surface stormwater associated with large or small construction activity to MS4s and waters of the State. 

In the state of Florida, construction projects that impact over an acre of land or part of a larger common plan of development are required to perform the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) inspections once a week and for every half inch rain event in accordance with the FDEP Construction Generic Permit.  It is important to understand the purpose of these inspections and how they can help the surrounding areas and be a successful part of a project. 

Here is a list of the CGP requirements and should be performed in this sequential order described below:

  1. Develop and implement a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). 
  2. Post a copy of the Notice of Intent (NOI) or acknowledgment letter in a visible location on site. 
  3. Conduct inspections every seven calendar days (not work days) and after every half-inch or greater rain event, as defined in the CGP.  
  4. Keep all records at the construction site, or at an appropriate alternative location as specified in the NOI. 
  5. Maintain a site log containing copies of the NOI, the acknowledgment letter granting coverage, your SWPPP, site map, rainfall log, all your inspection reports and records, and all notifications from DEP concerning your site. 
  6. Retain records three years from the date that the site has reached final stabilization and the Notice of Termination (NOT) is submitted. 
  7. Submit an NOT only when the site has reached 70 % or better of final stabilization or if your operation changes hands. 

There is something to keep in mind as you prepare to file the NOI. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) does not require a copy of any construction plans or the copy of your pre-planned and documented SWPPP when applying for CGP coverage. However, the SWPPP is your first step in the journey of keeping your site environmentally sound and in order. A SWPPP plan must be created first, then implemented, and maintained to satisfy permit requirements. 

It is extremely important to understand, once the NOI is filed and approved, there can be a compliance inspection from the FDEP or other regulatory agencies and this is the time your SWPPP can be reviewed and discussed. During the life of the project, it is not uncommon for the FDEP request at any time that the SWPPP be submitted for review. 

The KCI team are experts at saving you time and money by keeping your site in compliance through a customized Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.  In addition to creating your SWPPP, KCI also offers Notice of Intent (NOI) and Notice of Termination (NOT) preparation services.  Call us today to learn more, 888-346-7779. 

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