Environmental Services Division

The Environmental Services Division of the Department of Community Development is responsible for administering the local Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) programs for Southampton County to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and local ordinances.

Southampton County Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance

Southampton County Stormwater Ordinance

VSMP Permit Regulations


Division Responsibilities:

  1. Administer the Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Programs  
  2. Manage the Site Plan Review process
  3. Issue both local E&S Control and DEQ VSMP Construction General Permit(s)
  4. Inspect Land Disturbance Activities and manage Annual BMP Inspection Services
  5. Review and release surety bonds for land disturbance activities
  6. Review and approve As-Built drawings for inclusion into the County GIS System
  7. Review and approve BMP Maintenance Agreements where applicable for Commercial Development


Pre-Design Conferences

The Environmental Services Staff will hold a pre-design conference with the property owner or design consultant to ensure the future design complies with all federal and state regulations and local ordinance requirements. Further discussions will outline the required site plan checklist, engineering calculations/supporting documents, building plans, and permit applications and fees required for a successful and timely site plan approval.

Plan Submitter's Checklist

Land Disturbance Permit Process

Standard Erosion and Sediment Control Notes


Local and State Permits: 

Land Disturbance Permit Application and Permit is required for Commercial/Industrial and large clearing projects with disturbed areas greater than 10,000 sf. 

2016 Schedule of City Permit Fees

Southampton County Land Disturbance Application

SHC-Land-Disturbance-Application 2021

Surety Bond Forms
SHC Surety Bond Form 2020- Word Version

SHC Surety Bond Form 2020- PDF Version

SHC Cash Escrow Surety Bond (Fillable PDF)

Small Residential Projects:

Residential projects with Land Disturbance Activity less than 10,000 square feet require an 
Agreement In-Lieu of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan: This document should be included with the  building application package. Cost is: $100 as per the County permit fees.

SHC Agreement in Lieu of ESCP2- Word Version
SHC Agreement in Lieu of ESC Plan- PDF Version

Large Commercial/Industrial Projects

If the commercial development exceeds 1 acre of Land Disturbance, then a VSMP Construction General Permit (CGP) is required from the Department of Environmental Quality. The design engineer shall also submit the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) document to this division for review and approval. The Environmental Services division administers the VSMP Program, therefore the Construction General Permit (CGP) is obtained by this division on behalf of the Department of Environmental Quality.

VSMP Construction General Permit Registration Statement*

VSMP Construction General Permit Notice of Termination*

*NEW FORMS AS OF JANUARY 1, 2021. Forms before January 1, 2021 will not be accepted.

Southampton County SWPPP Template

Southampton County BMP Maintenance Agreement

Site Construction Inspections:

After the site plan is approved the Environmental Services staff will conduct a Pre-Construction conference with the designated contractor to discuss any design concerns, construction signage, SWPPP Information Board, Inspection schedule and/or changes to the construction sequencing.

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS-4) Locality (Frequently Asked Question):

Southampton County is not an MS-4 locality as defined by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Southampton County is located in the Chowan River Watershed which includes the Blackwater, Meherrin, and Nottoway Rivers and their tributaries. The other Hampton Roads Communities drain into the James River/Chesapeake Bay Watershed and are MS-4 permit holders.

Chowan River Basin

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership