Stormwater Management

​​​​Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground.


As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. The primary method to control stormwater discharges is the use of best management practices (BMPs​).​

​ The City’s stormwater management goals include:

  • Promote effective storm water drainage from developed areas
  • Maintain and protect the Citizen's long-term investment in the infrastructure
  • Improve the quality of the stormwater discharged into U.S. waters
  • Inform and educate residents on stormwater issues

​​ ​Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Implementation Information ​

In compliance with state law, the City’s MS4 Permit and VPDES, Virginia Beach has adopted the latest State Stormwater Management Regulations. The updated Stormwater Management Ordinance became effective on July 1, 2014 and can be found in Appendix D of City Code.