Stormwater Programs

Public Information and Participation Program (PIPP)

The City of Ventura is an active participant in the Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program. It's purpose is to enhance, protect, and preserve water quality in Ventura County. Proactive and innovative strategies and ideas are discussed with the aim to preserve biodiversity, ecological vitality, and human health. This collaborative effort aims at increasing the knowledge of the target audience about the MS4 permit and communicate the adverse impacts of stormwater pollution as well as the potential solutions to mitigate these impacts. 

Ventura County's Community for Clean Watershed program was established to help residents understand how to respect and protect our watersheds.There are a number of very helpful brochures available that explain what residents and businesses can do to help our watershed as well as best management practices in stormwater pollution prevention.

Industrial and Commercial Business Program

Unless otherwise precluded by local ordinances, industrial and commercial facilities must implement pollutant reduction and control measures in effort to reduce pollutants in stormwater. These measures may be used alone or in combination with one another and can be applied before, during or after pollutant generating activities occur. At a minimum, industrial and commercial facilities must include a control program that tracks, inspects, and ensures compliance with municipal ordinances at said facilities. The City of Ventura is responsible for maintaining a database of all facilities within its jurisdiction that are critical sources of stormwater pollution, including restaurants, automotive service facilities, nurseries, landfills, and more. 

Planning and Land Development

The Planning and Land Development Program helps lessen the water quality impacts of development by using smart growth practices, such as compact development, directing development toward existing communities, safeguarding of environmentally sensitive areas, mixing of land uses, transit accessibility, and better pedestrian and bicycle amenities. This program aids in maintaining the biological integrity of natural drainage systems and the beneficial uses of water bodies by minimizing the adverse impacts from stormwater runoff. Efforts to minimize the percentage of effective impervious surfaces on land development helps mimic pre-development water balance through infiltration. 

Low-impact development strategies (post-construction best management practices) should be utilized to infiltrate, store, and reuse stormwater runoff whenever possible. Incorporating vegetation to promote pollutant removal also supports the reduction in runoff volume and integrates multiple uses. New and re-development is subject to these requirements and must control pollutants, runoff, loading from impervious surfaces through infiltration, storage, evaporation, bioretention, etc. 

Reference to Technical Guidance Manual (TGM)

City of Ventura Land Development

City of Ventura Curb Cut Program

Development Construction Program

This program is aimed at preventing illicit construction-related discharges of pollutants to the MS4, implements and maintains structural and non-structural best management practices and reduces construction site discharges of pollutants. Development sites are required to develop stormwater pollution plans to mitigate impacts that may arise during the building process. 

Click here for the Submittal Checklist for Grading Plan & Improvement Plans

Illicit Connections and Illicit Discharge Program

An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) that is not composed entirely of stormwater, except for discharges allowed under a TPDES permit. Non-stormwater discharges can originate from direct connections to the storm drain system from business or commercial establishments (illicit connections), or indirectly as improper surface discharges to the storm drain system. Please call the number below if you see any suspicious activity or believe that there is a stormwater violation. 

For additional guidance on implementation of specific types of stormwater pollution control Best Management Practices, please visit our Construction & Demolition Stormwater Controls page.

Illicit Discharge Hotline