Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Permit
All construction sites should practice erosion control, sediment control and pollution prevention Best Management Practices (BMPs) regardless of size or ownership in order to protect the Boise River, the environment, and to be a good neighbor. Any construction site not required to obtain an ESC permit found with ESC violations may be required to obtain an ESC permit.
Projects that require an issued City of Boise Erosion and Sediment Control Permit are residential, commercial, or municipal construction projects that disturb 10+ cubic yards of earth and/or include a 200+ square foot new building or ground floor addition on a Boise parcel. Construction within the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Right-of-Way is managed by ACHD’s Stormwater Quality Division.
There are two types of ESC permits:
ESC General Permit
The ESC General Permit is issued for projects that do not require the submittal of a site-specific ESC plan in the application submittal checklist. The ESC General Permit is typically issued for residential construction that is occurring in an unclassified zone (not in the Hillside Zone or Environmentally Sensitive- adjacent to Boise River or tributary). Commercial minor tenant improvements may also be considered for an ESC General Permit based on amount of external earth disturbance.
General Permits require submittal of an ESC Permit Application #701 and listing a certified ESC Responsible Person who must have operational control at the site through all phases of construction. ESC Best Management Practices (BMPs) are still required on General ESC permitted projects and are regularly inspected for compliance by the ESC Inspectors. For more information regarding your project, please review the ESC documents and resources or contact the ESC Inspectors.
ESC Site Specific Permit
The ESC Site Specific permit is issued for projects that require the submittal of a site-specific ESC Plan in the application submittal checklist. An ESC plan is a project narrative and a site map describing the ESC BMPs to be implemented/installed in sequence at a construction site in order to prevent stormwater pollution. An ESC plan template and plan checklist are available on the ESC documents page for reference. Applicable projects include residential construction occurring in the Hillside Zone or in an Environmentally Sensitive area (adjacent to Boise River or tributary), multifamily buildings/complexes, and subdivision development. Most commercial projects require the ESC Site Specific Permit including all new buildings, significant exterior site improvements, demolitions, and subdivision development.
Site Specific Permits require the ESC plan to be submitted for review, completion of an ESC Permit Application #701, and listing a certified ESC Responsible Person who must have operational control at the site through all phases of construction. ESC BMPs are required to be installed/implemented per the approved ESC Plan and the Responsible Person must schedule an ESC Site Preparation Inspection at the beginning of the project. The project will be inspected regularly for compliance with ESC regulations and the BMPs listed in the approved ESC plan. If you feel your project should be exempt from the ESC Plan requirement, an ESC Plan Waiver Request may be considered in lieu of an ESC plan.
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