Post Construction Requirements

New and redevelopment projects should be designed to prevent water quality impacts from occurring, not just during construction, but throughout the life of the project.

Post-Construction Requirements

In July, 2013, the Central Coast Water Board adopted Order R3-2013-0032, with new, more stringent Post-Construction Requirements (PCRs). Projects that receive their first discretionary approval for design elements after March 6, 2014 — or, if no discretionary approval is required, receive their first ministerial permit after that date — are subject to the PCRs, if they create or replace 2,500 square feet or more of impervious area.

Stormwater Technical Guide

Applicants for development approvals in jurisdictions within the Monterey Regional Stormwater Management Program should use the Stormwater Technical Guide when preparing Stormwater Control Plans. However, local requirements vary. Check with staff in the jurisdiction where your project is located to identify differences that may apply. A pre-application meeting is recommended for all projects subject to the PCRs.

Requirements at a Glance*

** These thresholds, along with a project’s Watershed Management Zone (WMZ) designation, determine the specific requirements applicable for project determination.

Additional Resources: 

  • Operations and Maintenance Plan: This plan is an actual Operation & Maintenance Plan prepared for a residential subdivision in Contra Costa County. This is an example only. Contents tend to be project-specific in accordance with the Stormwater Control Plan and should be discussed with your Municipal contact. Information on how to prepare an Operation & Maintenance Plan is provided in Chapter 5 of the Stormwater Technical Guide.
  • Operations and Maintenance Fact Sheets: Sample O&M Fact Sheets for Structural Control Measures. Please only include relevant Fact Sheets with your Operations and Maintenance Plan. These O&M Fact Sheets are a guidance document for general informational and educational purposes. There is no warranty regarding the completeness or accuracy of this information.  Applicant must check with the local jurisdiction to ensure compliance with the Post-Construction Requirements and other applicable law.
  • Native Soil Assessment for Small Infiltration-Based Stormwater Control Measures: This manual was developed for the Central Coast Low Impact Development Initiative.
  • Infiltration Rate Assessment Methods: This manual from the County of San Diego provides useful guidance for the Geotechnical Engineer Analysis.
  • Infiltration Testing: This manual from the Riverside Flood Control District provides useful guidance on infiltration testing.
  • Bureau of Reclamation Drainage Manual: This manual from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation offers guidance for integrating plant, soil, and water relationships for drainage of irrigated lands.

PCR Presentations: 

  • A Post-Construction Stormwater Training was held virtually on April 27, 2023. Presentation slides are available here and here. A recording of the presentation is available here.
  • A Post-Construction Stormwater Training was held in Monterey, CA on August 12, 2021. Presentation slides are available here. A recording of the presentation is available here.
  • Presentation slides regarding the Stormwater Technical Guide are available here. A recording of a similar presentation that occurred in Santa Maria, CA, is available here.