Construction Requirements for Projects in the City of Escondido

The City of Escondido’s construction program has been designed to assist developers in eliminating discharges of sediment, concrete, trash and other materials associated with construction. These discharges are harmful to water quality. A clean site is less likely to receive complaints and to receive scrutiny from other regulators.

All construction sites in Escondido are required to prepare an erosion control plan (ECP) incorporating storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) to prevent the discharge of pollutants. The ECP will be required to show a mixture of erosion prevention and sediment control best management practices on the site. The ECP will be reviewed as part of the project review process. The requirements, while complying with State mandates, will be tailored to the specific conditions of the project. 

Required Best Management Practices in Escondido:

  • Stabilized construction entrances wherever vehicles enter unpaved areas (for example at the entrance to a project if none of it is paved, or onto individual lots on developments where streets have already been paved).
  • Perimeter control BMPs (silt fence, fiber roll, gravel bag berm etc.).
  • Erosion control BMPs (bonded fiber matrix with hydroseed, blankets etc) to cover areas vulnerable to erosion. Finished slopes should be stabilized within 14 calendar days of last being worked.  All slopes need to be covered before rain.
  • Stockpiles need to be covered before forecast rain events and at the end of each working day.
  • Portapotties need secondary containment.
  • Waste materials should be stored in covered dumpsters.
  • Trash and debris should not be stored on the ground.
  • Solid materials should be stored off the ground and covered.
  • Liquid materials should be stored under cover and in secondary containment.

Use our standard Erosion Control Plan notes in our plan check notes located here. Be aware that additional requirements may be needed, depending on the project.

*Construction sites that result in the disturbance of an area of an acre or more are also subject to the State Construction Permit requirements located here.

Projects subject to the State Construction Permit are required to submit a copy of their Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and WDID number (when issued) to the City during the project review process.

Note that the State Construction Permit has a number of additional requirements which include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintenance of the SWPPP document and BMP map.
  • Different BMP requirements depending on Site risk. 
  • Regular documented inspections, including inspections before, during, and after rain events.
  • Sampling and laboratory analysis.
  • Preparation of Annual Certification during each July.

City inspectors will check for enrollment into the State Construction Permit, as well as assessing compliance with the City Storm Water requirements.

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