Commercial Business Program
The purpose of the Commercial Program is to prohibit unauthorized non-storm water discharges and reduce pollutants in storm water runoff from commercial facilities to the maximum extent possible. Objectives of the Commercial Program consist of the following:
An inventory of commercial businesses located within the County’s jurisdiction is developed and maintained by the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program. To view a map of the County of San Joaquin area, click below.
Commercial businesses that can produce significant sources of pollutants are (click on links for BMP fact sheets):
The County Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program will mail an invoice to your business to schedule a commercial inspection bi-annually. When an unsatisfactory inspection arises, the inspector shall provide the business a report noting the violations and corrections needed for compliance. Follow-up inspections will be conducted as needed. To assist with a successful inspection, please view the County's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program Commercial Inspection Report form below.
Beware of con artists posing as Storm Water Inspectors. Storm Water inspectors have County Public Works badges. If you're unsure about an inspector, call us at (209) 468-3055.
Inspections are performed to assess compliance with County storm water ordinances. The County has a progressive enforcement and referral policy to ensure enforcement actions match the severity of violations and include distinct, progressive steps. Noncompliance may include failure to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs), or other violation of County ordinances. Click below to view the County's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program Commercial Investigation-Enforcement Procedure.
Although the County may provide guidance to businesses on appropriate BMP selection and application, the selection of specific BMP’s to be implemented is the responsibility of the business.
Commercial outreach activities available include giving presentations and distributing educational materials during commercial inspections; the Public Works Customer Service counter; and talking with staff at outreach events such as the Home and Garden Show. (See our Public Outreach page)
If interested, environmental stewardship programs are available through the Green Team of San Joaquin to help businesses and organizations go green. Click below to visit Green Team of San Joaquin.
Mobile Business Pilot Program
Mobile businesses can produce temporary or intermittent sources of pollutants that may impact water quality, some of those businesses are:
The County’s Mobile Business Pilot Program: Carpet Cleaners Implementation Strategy was adopted in June 2010. The strategy addresses inventory, inspections, outreach/education, and enforcement. Click the link below to access the Carpet Cleaners Implementation Strategy.
What are Commercial Storm Water Inspections? A Commercial Storm Water Inspection is an on-site evaluation of how business related functions such as outdoor activities, outdoor equipment, outdoor materials, and waste are being managed in order to protect water quality and protect against illicit discharges to the storm water system.
What are commercial businesses required to do? They will be required to implement best management practices (BMP’s) to ensure pollutants are not discharged into the storm water collection system or water bodies within the County’s limits. They will be required to implement best management practices (BMP’s) to ensure pollutants are not discharged into the storm water collection system or water bodies within the County’s limits.
How often will my business be inspected? The County’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) mandate commercial business to be inspected every other year..
*Note: If a business has violations, follow-up inspections will be required.
Sources of storm water pollution include, but are not limited to the following:
*Note: The storm drainage system includes storm drains, roadside drainage ditches and all manmade and natural water conveyance systems such as channels, creeks, etc..
What will happen if violations are found at my business?? When an unsatisfactory inspection arises, the inspector shall provide the business a notice of violation requiring the business owner to correct the violation(s) within a reasonable specified timeframe. In many cases, a follow-up inspection will be required to assure the corrected business practices have met compliance..
What are the
storm water inspection fees?
Storm Water Inspection fee is $55. This is not a new requirement for businesses.. . If the commercial
site has storm water violations a will be assessed..
. If the commercial site has storm water violations aRe-Inspection fee of $285
will be assessed..
What if my business activities are not exposed to storm water? Am I still required to be inspected?? Yes, Business owners must also eliminate non-storm water discharges and implement BMPs to continually reduce pollutant sources associated with their everyday business activities. It may be helpful to speak with the County’s Storm Water Inspector to better understand the specific guidelines and storm water requirements and how to maintain an environmentally compliant facility. Program staff can be reached at 1-866-755-4955..
My business is covered under the State of California's General Industrial Storm Water Permit. Do I still require an inspection?? Yes. Businesses that are covered under the State of California's General Industrial Storm water Permit also require inspection. The inspections are to ensure compliance with the County's Storm Water Management Plan and County storm water ordinances, but inspectors will verify that General Permitted businesses have State-required Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)..
How can I prepare my business for inspection? Start by familiarizing yourself with potential and actual sources of pollutants at your business. Observe storm drains and nearby waterways that could receive drainage from your facility. Determine whether materials, equipment or activities are in contact with storm water. Consider what will happen to exposed pollutants when it rains at your facility, such as oil, grease, cement, sediment, chemicals, food waste, etc. that are either dumped or stored in outdoor, unprotected locations. And become educated by visiting the links below..
To Learn How to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes::
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (209) 468-3066 or toll free 1-800-449-4840 or 1-800-CLEAN UP
Click on a link below to obtain additional storm water information