Construction site planning must take into consideration sediment and erosion
control measures as it is illegal to discharge soil and sediment offsite. When
construction occurs within the City of Tampa it is coordinated through the
Services Division. A Preliminary Plan Review meeting will need to be
scheduled during the permitting process with Construction Services to gain
approval on your proposed site erosion controls.
During construction at your site, the site erosion control plan must be
adhered to and City inspectors will routinely inspect the site to ensure that
erosion control best management practices are properly installed and maintained.
Failure to do so may result in cited violations, monetary fines and/or work
stoppage. It is the inspector's job to ensure that Tampa's surface waters
are protected from pollution that is a result of construction activities.
Suggested considerations include:
- A well-planned and identified construction entrance to prevent major erosion and
- Silt fences
must be installed prior to any earthwork at the site. Silt fences must
remain in place during the entirety of construction activities.
- Trees, especially
grand trees, require special protection. If you have any questions on
the status of a grand tree, contact the
Construction Services Division @ (813)
- Construction roads, parking areas, and the construction entrance should be
and traffic flow should be controlled.
- Equipment operators should use designated routes to limit ruts, erosion, and the
of sediment and debris from the site.
- The permanent stormwater drainage system should be installed during the early stages of construction and
used to manage runoff during the construction phase. All inlets should be protected with appropriate measures to prevent sediment from entering
- A few small well-maintained traps or barriers properly located can control sediment better than a single
large sediment basin.