The Jefferson County Department of Storm Water Management is responsible for addressing pollution that may enter the County’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), thereby improving water quality in the waterways of Jefferson County. To maximize program efficiency, the Storm Water Management Department utilizes a broad approach which includes interdepartmental collaboration to ensure Jefferson County is meeting federal and state regulations in order to reduce the amount of stormwater pollution flowing into and through local rivers, creeks, lakes and streams.
The Storm Water Fee
The Phase 1 NPDES MS4 program is mandated by federal law but is not funded by the federal government. AL 95-775 was passed by the Alabama Legislature so that a fee can be collected to finance the storm water program. For Jefferson County un-incorporated, the program is financed through a fee that is assessed on property parcels. The storm water fee appears on the yearly property tax bill.The Act of 95-775 has been amended in a legislative session in 2014.
Jefferson County Clean Water Awareness Campaign
The Clean Water Awareness Campaign to inform and educate the public as well as affect behavioral change in order to reduce polluted stormwater runoff caused by the impacts of vehicle fluids, yard chemicals, pet waste, litter and excess. The campaign consists of a collaborative network of agencies and organizations whose missions intersect with stormwater pollution prevention in some manner. A series of posters was created to deliver stormwater pollution prevention information in a highly visual manner in order to attract attention while overcoming language barriers, and utilize catchy headlines and taglines to further engage the public. The posters juxtapose potential stormwater pollution problems with practical solutions that focus on the benefits they bring to residents. An e-newsletter was launched to provide a cost effective way to support the posters and related components of the Clean Water Awareness Campaign. The e-newsletter content expands upon the poster topics and provides links to resources that can assist positive behavioral change.
Article 13 of the Jefferson County Subdivision and Construction Ordinance requires that individuals conducting land disturbing activities in unincorporated areas of the County apply for a land disturbing activity permit, submit a stormwater management plan, and implement effective erosion and sedimentation controls at construction sites.
Please note that the placement of a mobile home, modular building, storage building or any pre-fabricated structure must be properly permitted PRIOR to delivery to the site. As this process involves several agencies, which are housed in different buildings and locations we have developed this brief description of the permitting process to help citizens better understand and plan for permits in the Jefferson County un-incorporated areas.
To obtain a building permit for any Individual Residential Structures (including additions, mobile homes or accessory buildings) you will need the following:
- Sanitary Waste Approval
- Health Department – Septic System
- Environmental Services – Sanitary Sewer
- Zoning Approval from Land Planning & development Services
- Storm Water Management Permit or Exclusion Letter
Once you have these items you will then proceed to the Inspection Services office for the final building permits.
* If your construction site or property is located within the corporate limits of a city, please contact the respective Municipality for their permitting procedures.