City of Parma


The City of Parma has enacted stormwater ordinances in order to establish technically feasible and economically reasonable storm water management standards to achieve a level of storm water quality and quantity control that will minimize damage to property and degradation of water resources and will promote and maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Parma. The City of Parma is the permitting authority for all land disturbing activities and requires the land owner to maintain all on-site stormwater control facilities and all open space areas (e.g. parks or “green” areas) required by the approved stormwater control plan. The City of Parma will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. The City of Parma, under the NPDES program, also has the authority to inspect properties for noncompliance and can issue a notice of violation (NOV) for any deficiency or infraction onsite. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of any stormwater facilities or practices located on the property. The City of Parma has the authority to inspect stormwater facilities and practices in order to ascertain that they properly maintained and functioning.

MAINTENANCE AND FINAL INSPECTION APPROVAL.

   To receive final inspection and acceptance of any project, or portion thereof, the following must be completed and provided to the City Engineer:

   (a)   Final stabilization must be achieved and all permanent storm water management practices must be installed and made functional, as determined by the City Engineer and per the approved Comprehensive Storm Water Management Plan.

   (b)   An As-Built Certification, including a survey and inspection, must be sealed, signed and dated by a professional engineer, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Landscape Architect, and a professional surveyor with a statement certifying that the storm water management practices, as designed and installed, meet the requirements of the Comprehensive Storm Water Management Plan approved by the City Engineer. In evaluating this certification, the City Engineer may require the submission of a new set of storm water practice calculations if he or she determines that the design was altered significantly from the approved Comprehensive Storm Water Management Plan. The As-Built Survey must provide the location, dimensions, and bearing of such practices and include the entity responsible for long-term maintenance as detailed in the Inspection and Maintenance Agreement.

   (c)   A copy of the complete and recorded Inspection and Maintenance Agreement must be provided to the City Engineer.

An inspection and maintenance agreement.

The inspection and maintenance agreement required for storm water management practices under this regulation shall be a stand-alone document between the City and the applicant and shall contain the following information and provisions:

  1. The location of each storm water management practice, including those practices permitted to be located in, or within 50 feet of, water resources, and identification of the drainage area served by each storm water management practice.
  2. A schedule for regular maintenance for each aspect of the storm water management system and description of routine and non-routine maintenance tasks to ensure continued performance of the system as is detailed in the approved Comprehensive Storm Water Management Plan. This schedule may include additional standards, as required by the City Engineer, to ensure continued performance of storm water management practices permitted to be located in, or within 50 feet of, water resources.
  3. The location and documentation of all access and maintenance easements on the property.
  4. Identification of the landowner(s), organization, or municipality that responsible for long-term maintenance, including repairs, of the storm water management practices.
  5. The landowner(s), organization, or municipality shall maintain storm water management practices in accordance with this regulation.
  6. The City has the authority to enter upon the property to conduct inspections as necessary to verify that the storm water management practices are being maintained and operated in accordance with this regulation.
  7. The City shall maintain public records of the results of site inspections, shall inform the landowner(s), organization, or municipality responsible for maintenance of the inspection results, and shall specifically indicate any corrective actions required to bring the storm water practices into proper working condition.
  8. If the City notifies the landowner(s), organization, or municipality responsible for maintenance of the maintenance problems that require correction, the specific corrective actions shall be taken within a reasonable time frame as determined by the City.
  9. The City is authorized to enter upon the property and to perform the corrective actions identified in the inspection report if the landowner(s), organization, or municipality responsible for maintenance does not make the required corrections in the specified time period. The City shall be reimbursed by the landowner(s), organization, or municipality responsible for maintenance for all expenses incurred within ten days of receipt of invoice from the City.
  10. The method of funding long-term maintenance and inspections of all storm water management practices.
  11. A release of the City from all damages, accidents, casualties, occurrences, or claims that might arise or be asserted against the City from the construction, presence, existence, or maintenance of the storm water management practices.

      Alteration or termination of these stipulations is prohibited. The applicant must provide a draft of this inspection and maintenance agreement as part of the Comprehensive Storm Water Management Plan submittal. Once a draft is approved, a recorded copy of the agreement must be submitted to the City to receive final inspection approval of the site.

ON-GOING INSPECTIONS.

   The City shall inspect storm water management practices periodically. Upon finding a malfunction or other need for maintenance, the City shall provide written notification to the responsible party, as detailed in the Inspection and Maintenance Agreement, of the need for maintenance. Upon notification, the responsible party shall have five working days, or other mutually agreed upon time, to makes repairs or submit a plan with detailed action items and established timelines. Should repairs not be made within this time, or a plan approved by the City Engineer for these repairs not be in place, the City may undertake the necessary repairs and assess the responsible party.