The Hidden Cost of Compliance: Permit Termination
Your construction project has reached its completion from a construction stand point, your subs have finally completed their tasks and moved on to the next project, and your project owner is ready to occupy. You may think everything is ready to move on to the next project, right?
Not so fast!!
You still may be on the hook for weekly storm water inspections under the Construction General Permit as your project has not reached regulatory requirements for completing and receiving approval of Notice of Termination of the Permit.
What is Permit Termination and how can you prevent it from reducing your profit at the end of the project?
After complying with all the sediment, erosion, and waste management controls throughout the project, final soil stabilization was put off until the very end of the work. This method can delay applying for or receiving your Notice of Termination approval by the Regional Water Quality Control Board Inspector. Every week that your project is not filing the Notice of Termination adds required inspection costs, and sampling costs if your project is Risk Level 2. Additionally, once a Notice of Termination is filed, the Regional Water Quality Control Board staff must perform a project inspection to close out the project. The Notice of Termination requires sites stabilization photo documentation, long term maintenance documentation, and maintenance of files for a period of no less than 5-years.
How do you prevent trailing project costs associated with the Permit?
Anticipating the Notice of Termination requirements and properly incorporating those strategies months prior to approaching project construction completion will mitigate these unnecessary costs. Alta’s experienced Qualified Stormwater Developers and Practitioners are keenly aware of these issues and work with each contractor to properly sequence and plan a Notice of Termination Strategy to minimize inspection costs on the back end.
Get a project review.
If your current construction project is approaching completion and you don’t know whether you are ready for closing out your project on time and under budget, let Alta come and give you a project level review of your SWPPP and BMP implementation compliance.
Contact Matthew Renaud, Senior Consultant/Project Manager at (888) 608-3010 or Matthew.Renaud@altaenviron.com.