FAQs about LCRA's stormwater runoff pollution ordinance


 

What activities are covered by the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance?
Who needs to apply for a permit?
Who is required to apply for a permit?
How much does a permit cost?
How long does it take to get a permit?
What type of permit requires a public notice?
How can I obtain a copy of the Stormwater Management Technical Manual(to assist developers and engineers)?
How can I obtain more information about the requirements of the ordinance?
Do I need to contact LCRA about a dredge and fill project?

 

Q. What activities are covered by the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance?
A. The ordinance applies to all land modification activity within the Lake Travis watershed in Travis County, the Colorado River watershed in Burnet County and a portion of Llano County. See map showing the boundaries of the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance. The ordinance applies to the construction of buildings, roads, paved storage areas and parking lots. A permit may be required prior to commencing these activities. This includes any land-disturbing and construction activities, such as: clearing of vegetative cover, excavating, dredging and filling, grading, contouring, mining and the deposit of refuse, waste or fill. People conducting shoreline stabilization activities are required to follow revised dredge and fill standards; a permit is not required from LCRA.

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Q. Who needs to apply for a permit?
A. Anyone who performs work that falls under the definition of a development or a general utility must apply for a permit prior to beginning the activity. The applicant may be the property owner, the developer or their designated representative.

Here are details:

  • Development Permit: A permit for development of land within the jurisdictional area specifically identifying best management practices for control of stormwater runoff pollution resulting from development. Private land owners/land users that install utility infrastructures are also required to obtain a Development Permit.
  • General Utility Permit: A permit designed for utility construction whereby the utility installs erosion and sediment control measures to comply with the ordinance. The General Utility Permit covers all routine construction, maintenance and repair work anywhere within the jurisdictional area.
  • Standard Dredge and Fill: As of Feb. 1, 2006, a permit is no longer required. Instead, people are required to comply with these revised standards for dredge and fill projects on the Highland Lakes.


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Q. How much does a permit cost?
A. See fee schedule.

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Q. How long does it take to get a permit?
A. Processing times for permits not requiring public notice are from 30 to 60 days from the date of receipt of a complete application. Permit applications that require a public notice may require 60 to 120 days from the date the complete application is received.

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Q. What type of permit requires a public notice?
A. Development permits require public notice. The applicant is required to post a notice in a newspaper circulated in the area of the proposed development and provie written notice to adjacent property owners. This notice outlines what is proposed to occur on the property and gives a contact number at LCRA to call with questions regarding the development.

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Q. How can I obtain a copy of the Stormwater Management Technical Manual (to assist developers and engineers)?
A. Contact us through Ask LCRA or call 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 2324.

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Q. How can I obtain more information about the requirements of the ordinance?
A. Read the requirements in the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance. If you have more questions, call us at 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 2324.

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Q. Do I need to contact LCRA about a dredge and fill project?
A. If the proposed dredge and fill project is more than 500 feet in length or dredges more than 500 cubic yards, then the owner must provide needed infomation from the work checklist, Appendix 1.4.1 in the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinace Technical Manual, or by contacting LCRA . For more information, download standards for dredge and fill projects.

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