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2013 Stormwater Management Rule and Guidebook

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On July 19, 2013, DOEE released the 2013 Rule on Stormwater Management and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (2013 SW Rule), which amended Chapter 5 (water Quality) of Title 21 (Water and Sanitation) of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR). DDOE also released the 2013 Stormwater Management Guidebook (2013 SWMG), which provides technical guidance on how to comply with the rule. Learn more about the purpose of the 2013 SW Rule and 2013 SWMG.

Submit Stormwater Management Plan Information Online

Use the Stormwater Database to submit compliance calculations and supplemental information to DOEE as part of its Stormwater Management Plan review process. DOEE will only review plans that have been submitted in the Stormwater Database. This applies to all projects, including walkthrough projects that only require review for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control plans. A complete Stormwater Management Plan also includes payment of filing fees. After receiving a complete application, DOEE will provide review comments within 30 business days.

Transition to 2013 SW Rule and 2013 SWMG

Section 552 of the 2013 SW Rule describes DOEE’s plan for transitioning to the new stormwater management performance requirements. The official language is in the DCMR, but for the convenience of the public DDOE has provided a summary of the transition plan. Other provisions of the 2013 SW Rule (including those for erosion and sediment control, Stormwater Retention Credit trading, and service fees) take effect upon final publication of the rule.

Projects regulated under Transition Period 1 of the transition plan should consult the 2003 SWMG.

Training Sessions

Beginning in August 2013, DDOE will hold a series of public training sessions on the new requirements in the 2013 SW Rule and 2013 SWMG. DDOE will schedule additional sessions based public interest. Sign up for DDOE’s notification list to receive updates (see information below). View the training schedule. View documents from training sessions.

Key Documents

Notification List

To be added to a notification list for news related to the rule and SWMG, please email Matt Johnson at [email protected] or call (202) 741-0861.


If you have questions on the 2013 SW Rule and SRC trading, please contact Brian VanWye at [email protected] or (202) 741-2121. If you have questions about the 2013 SWMG, to please contact Julienne Bautista at [email protected] or (202) 299-3345.


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