Stormwater Development Guidelines

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Development Guidelines

In order to improve the water quality of stormwater runoff before it is discharged from development sites, it's essential to properly plan for and incorporate Permanent Stormwater Quality BMPs (Best Management Practices) into the design of each site. These BMPs should always be included in the early planning stages of development. When choosing these BMPs, it is important to consider which BMPs are most efficient and appropriate for the site. Whenever possible, the Permanent BMPs should be above ground systems, which are generally less expensive to install and maintain. They allow for infiltration of stormwater which filters out contaminates in the stormwater runoff. Runoff from roof tops and paves surfaces should be treated before it reaches the detention facility or is discharged off-site. This page contains resource links to implementing these Permanent Stormwater Quality BMPs.

Below are development guidelines and additional information for Engineers and Developers. If you do not find what you need, please email us at

BMP (Best Management Practices) for Development Sites
Guidelines for Developers, Builders and Engineers

Colorado State FlagThe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) requires various forms/permits for Stormwater Quality Management. These documents may be found on their website;CDPHE Main Page


The CCity of Loveland logoity of Loveland Stormwater Utility has prepared the following documents to assist developers in the selection of both temporary sediment/erosion control and permanent stormwater quality BMPs for development sites, encourage developers to incorporate BMPs and also to reduce delays and expedite approval of development submittals to the City of Loveland.

Construction Documents

Post-Construction Documents

Necessary On-Site Documents for Developments:

  • Make sure to have the Notice of Intent (NOI) or CDPS Stormwater Construction Permit on site.
  • Keep an updated Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) on site.
  • Keep a BMP Maintenance Folder on site.  To assist in performing this task, the City of Loveland has prepared an Erosion and Sediment Cotnrol Inspection List (ESCIL) for you to use.
  • Complete the Construction Inactivation, Transfer or Reassignment Form when it is appropriate to do so. 

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
US Environmental Protection Agency logoThe EPA is promoting Green Infrastructure, which is a cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to wet weather management. For more information visit the EPA website. The EPA has also an Electronic Notice of Intent system which makes it easier, faster and much more accurate for construction sites.


US Fish & Wildlife Services
US Fish & Wildlife Services logoIf there are jurisdictional wetlands present on site or if you're not sure if there are jurisdictional wetlands present you should contact: Terry McKee, Regulatory Specialist with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers by phone at (303) 979-4120 or by fax. at (303) 979-0602.

National Wetland Inventory (NWI) Maps can be obtained through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory website. You may access their site by clicking on the link on the left.

National Association of Homebuilders
National Association of Homebuilders logoThe National Association of Homebuilders has compiled a set of 10 cards outlining the Top 10 Stormwater Compliance Issues. These cards can be downloaded and printed for use in the field.  You may access their site by clicking the link on the left.

BMP (Best Management Practices)
Suppliers and Manufacturers List:
The City of Loveland has prepared a local a List of Suppliers and Manufacturers that are capable of providing various products, design & installation services related to wetlands, streambank stabilization, sediment/erosion control and permanent stormwater quality Best Management Practices (BMPs) along with a Resource List of organizations that can be utilized when researching what temporary sediment/erosion control and permanent stormwater quality BMPs to incorporate into development sites.

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