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

View a map of currently active stormwater projects.

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

In compliance with state law, the City’s MS4 Permit and VPDES, Virginia Beach is moving forward to implement the newest Stormwater Management Regulations. The first step toward implementation is to amend the City’s Stormwater Management Ordinance and other related development ordinances to comply with state regulations. The contents of the proposed Stormwater Management Ordinance are aligned with the state’s requirements. The proposed ordinance amendments have been presented to the Planning Commission and will be presented to City Council for adoption. The City must adopt the revised ordinances by May 15, 2014, to become effective July 1, 2014.​​