The Division of Natural Resources is responsible for organizing, coordinating and implementing all programs dealing with natural resources in Bedford County, primarily soil, water, forestry, agriculture, open space, shoreline and flood protection. The Division issues Land Disturbing and Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permits for development, which involves oversight of plan review, administration, and enforcement. This oversight is based on the guidelines prescribed in the Commonwealth of Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations and the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Law and Regulations as well as the Bedford County Chapter 7 “Environmental”. This Chapter contains Article I - Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and Article II - Stormwater Management Ordinance.
The Natural Resources Division routinely coordinates with other local, state and federal agencies, private developers, engineering firms, and the general public regarding the County’s natural resources.
Kevin Leamy is the Director of Natural Resources
Erosion & Sediment Control & Stormwater Management Permits
Single Family Dwelling In Lieu of a Stormwater Management (SWM) Plan Application
Single-Family Detached Residential Structures
- Single-family detached residential structures that disturb less than one acre of land and that are not part of a larger common plan of development or sale (e.g., subdivision), including additions or modifications to existing single-family detached residential structures, do not require coverage under the general permit.
- Single-family detached residential structures that disturb less than one acre of land and that are part of a larger common plan of development or sale (e.g., subdivision) require coverage under general permit. In addition, single-family detached residential structures that disturb equal to or greater than one acre of land require coverage under the general permit. Operators of these land-disturbing activities are authorized to discharge under the general permit and are not required to submit a registration statement or the Department of Environmental Quality portion of the permit fee. Operators must also comply with the terms and conditions of the general permit including the preparation of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
Commercial ESC & SWM Plan Application Checklist
Surety & Bonding
Code of Virginia §15.2-2114. Regulation of Stormwater
Code of Virginia. Article 2.3. Stormwater Management Act. § 62.1-44.15:24
Code of Virginia. Article 2.4. Erosion and Sediment Control Law. § 62.1-44.15:51
Administrative Code of Virginia. Chapter 840. Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations
Administrative Code of Virginia. Chapter 870. Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP)
Administrative Code of Virginia. Chapter 880. General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from
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