City of Philadelphia Stormwater Updates

Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) recently announced stormwater updates for developers, contractors, and property owners who are designing, constructing, or maintaining a property in the City of Philadelphia.

These updates include changes to the stormwater application process and a new website – a great resource for private development projects. The application process changes are mostly on our end, so we’ll handle them, but here are 3 helpful things you should know:

1. NEW SMP Maintenance Guidance

Stormwater Management Practices (SMPs) are the on-site systems that clean and reduce the speed at which stormwater runoff leaves a property. To keep them functioning properly, it is imperative that these systems are regularly maintained.

In order to help, PWD’s new website has an online guide with information on the entire project life cycle – planning, design and permitting, construction, and maintenance.

To better understand the maintenance side of things, there are fact sheets to help property owners understand how and when to maintain SMPs once construction is over. Maintenance activities are outlined for:

Want to hire a professional to handle the maintenance?

Here is a list of local contractors who can assist.

What’s new?

In addition to keeping your SMPs looking good and functioning properly, starting January 1, 2020, PWD will require a customized maintenance plan for all new Post Construction Stormwater Management Plan (PCSMP) submissions. Failure to submit and follow your maintenance plan, could result in a fine.

2. NEW Stormwater Grant Opportunity

$100,000 Developer Right-of-Way (ROW) Incentive

This is a new funding opportunity for developers to manage ROW runoff on their development projects.  

  • The amount – $100,000 per impervious drainage acre (captured depth of 1.5”).
  • PWD will identify ROW management opportunities while reviewing the ERSA application and contact the developer OR the developer can approach PWD at the beginning of the project to discuss potential opportunities.
  • If pursued, the developer will be responsible for the design and construction of the proposed improvements up to the property line. PWD will complete the construction within the ROW.

To learn more, contact one of our PWD Experts.

3. NEW Fee Increases

And lastly, there are several fee increases starting November 1, 2019.

  • Conceptual Stormwater Management Plan approval fee increases to $1,160. Fees received on 11/1/19 or later must be paid in the new amount. 
  • PCSMP Hourly Review Fee increases to $150/hr. New and Resubmitted PCSMPs as well as Field Change submissions received by PWD on 11/1/19 or later will be invoiced the new fee amount. 
  • Stormwater Management Fee in Lieu (FIL) increases to $15 per square foot. The new fee amount will be applied in invoices generated on or after 11/1/19.   

If you have any questions or concerns about these updates, or developing or managing stormwater on your property in the City of Philadelphia, contact one of our PWD Experts.