Erosion & Sediment Control


Environmental Services works with the building and development industry to ensure proper practices are in place to protect streams, creeks and surrounding areas from erosion run-off. Staff members regularly inspect construction sites and land development projects to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws. For your reference, we offer general information about Erosion & Sediment Control.

To help land disturbers, Environmental Services has created a checklist of requirements to be followed when 2500 square feet or more of land is disturbed anywhere in the County for development (legitimate agricultural practices are exempt). All land disturbance plans must be reviewed by the County to ensure requirements are in place prior to land disturbance.

Erosion Control

These requirements fulfill the mandates set forth by the Federal Clean Water Act. This checklist will help ensure sites are safe and well maintained, comply with all mandates and laws, and protect natural resources.

Local Requirements

  • Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law
  • Prince William County Administrative Procedures Manual
  • Prince William County Design and Construction Standards Manual
  • Land Disturbance Requirements and Permits
  • Checklist of permits and other application requirements, such as wetlands, RPAs and historical resources
  • Checklist for steps and practices to complete at the site

State Requirements

  • Virginia Storm Water Management Plan (VSMP)
    • General construction permit for storm water discharge
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Spill and incident reports
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Fuel storage and disposal
  • Solid waste management
  • Material storage and management
  • Equipment wash down
  • Responsible Land Disturber
    • All erosion and sediment control plans must identify an individual holding a valid Responsible Land Disturber (RLD) Certificate from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This individual will be in charge of and responsible for land disturbance activity on the site.