Five-year Recertification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
No. The Department does not charge the permittees a recertification fee.
The recertification must be done within three months of the expiration of each five-year interval from the date of issuance of your permit. For instance, the first recertification of a permit approved on February 28, 2012 is May 28, 2017. Subsequent recertifications will also be due on May 28 every five years from 2017.
No. However, the Department strongly recommends that your site is inspected by a qualified professional.
Yes. You can find individuals meeting the qualifications in the Site Law list of third-party inspectors.
Please check “Stormwater Standards” or “Stormwater Management” sections of your permit.
Please provide brief information about the project in the “Project Specifics” section of the five-year recertification form, sign and send it to the Department. We will review the form and remove the project from the recertification database.
The permit needs to be transferred to the new owner. If you have not already submitted a transfer application to the Department, please do so by contacting the Land Bureau.
Typically, homeowners’ associations are responsible for the long-term inspection and maintenance of the stormwater management systems. Please provide the homeowner association’s contact information to the Department so that the recertification correspondence can be directed to the association.
You are still required to inspect the project site for areas of erosion and submit your recertification form.
You can notify the Department about the repair and maintenance schedule. The recertification paperwork can be sent after the completion of the repair and maintenance. Please attach “before” and “after” photos of the areas where the repair and maintenance work was done.
You can access a generic inspection and maintenance plan outlining inspection frequencies and maintenance actions for typical stormwater measures from Technical Design Manual Chapter 11. Furthermore, you can request a copy of your approved inspection and maintenance plan from the Land Bureau. Please state the DEP number of your permit in your request.
Some sites have active development history: projects getting approved in consecutive years with permit amendments. A reminder letter is sent for each permit amendment.
Yes. Please contact the Land Bureau; providing the DEP number of your permit and your e-mail address will speed up the process.
Yes. Please send your request including the DEP number of your permit to the Land Bureau. providing the DEP number of your permit and your e-mail address will speed up the process.
See the list of Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4s) towns.