Contact Information:

Public Utilities
City of Richmond

900 E. Broad St.,
Room 115

Richmond, VA
23219 USA

Email: DPU Customer Service

Phone: (804)646-4646

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Welcome to the City of Richmond's Stormwater Utility

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater runoff is rain or melted snow that flows over driveways, parking lots, roads, sidewalks, streets and roofs or any surface that cannot absorb water. As water travels over these surfaces, it picks up dirt, trash, oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste and other pollutants and carries them all directly into our waterways.

Stormwater runoff does not flow to the treatment plant. It flows directly into the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater runoff can cause public safety hazards, health risks and environmental threats.

Hot Topics


Stormwater Credits

Outreach and Education

Stormwater Projects

VSMP and Land Disturbing Permits

Drainage Maintenance and Improvements

MS4 Regulatory Information

Flood Information

Chesapeake Bay


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How does Stormwater affect Me?

What can I do to help?

Combined Sewer Overflow Animation

Stormwater Credits

A wet roof illustrating stormwater runoff from impervious area

Stormwater Credit Manuals and Applications

Outreach and Education

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Public Service Announcements

Stream Clean Ups

Drain Marking Program

Richmond Public Schools

Pet Waste Campaign

Rain Barrel Program

MS4 Regulatory Information

Storm Drain

Virginia Stormwater Management Program

MS4 Minimum Control Measures

Flood Information

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What causes flooding?

What is a floodplain?

Can I build in a floodplain?

How can I protect my property?

National Flood Insurance Program

Floodplain Maps

VSMP and Land Disturbing Permits

VSMP and Land Disturbing

Erosion and Sediment Control Program

Land Disturbing and Civil Permits


Richmond Stormwater Management Permit (RSMP)

Stormwater Construction and Design Manual

Easement and Maintenance Agreements

Chesapeake Bay

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What is Chesapeake Bay?

Chesapeake Bay Protection Areas Map

Richmond Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan

Riparian Buffers Modification & Mitigation Manual

Stream Determinations

Drainage Maintenance and Improvements

To report local flooding and drainage and maintenance improvement issues, please call (804)646-4646.

Stormwater Projects

A list of our current stormwater projects can be found on RVAH2O