The City of Pittsburgh has enacted a Stormwater Ordinance in order to promote health, safety, and welfare within the City watersheds. The City of Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. The City of Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh has the authority to inspect stormwater facilities and practices in order to ascertain that they properly maintained and functioning.
1305.01 - RESPONSIBILITIES OF DEVELOPERS AND LANDOWNERS.
(Ord. No. 12-2019, art. V, § 13501, eff. 3-20-19; Ord. No. 34-2021, § 1, eff. 10-11-21)
1305.02 - OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS.
A. Prior to final approval of the SWM site plan, the property owner shall sign and record an operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement, as approved by the Designated Plan Reviewers, covering all stormwater control facilities which are to be privately owned. The O&M Agreement shall incorporate the O&M Plan developed under Chapter 1304.03.
B. The owner is responsible for operation and maintenance (O&M) of the SWM BMPs. If the owner fails to adhere to the O&M agreement, the City/PWSA may perform the services required and charge the owner appropriate fees. Nonpayment of fees may result in a lien against the property.
(Ord. No. 12-2019, art. V, § 13502, eff. 3-20-19; Ord. No. 34-2021, § 1, eff. 10-11-21)
1305.03 - OPERATOR INSPECTIONS.
The landowner or the owner's designee (including the City for dedicated and owned facilities) shall inspect SWM BMPs, facilities and/or structures installed under this Ordinance according to the following frequencies, at a minimum, to ensure the BMPs, facilities and/or structures continue to function as intended:
A written inspection report shall be created to document each inspection. The inspection report shall contain the date and time of the inspection, the individual(s) who completed the inspection, the location of the BMP, facility or structure inspected, observations on performance, and recommendations for improving performance, if applicable. Any repairs or corrective maintenance work recommended within the inspection report must be implemented in a timely manner and similarly documented. Inspection reports shall be kept onsite and furnished to City/PWSA inspectors upon request.
(Ord. No. 12-2019, art. V, § 13503(1), eff. 3-20-19; Ord. No. 34-2021, § 1, eff. 10-11-21)
1308.01 - RIGHT OF ENTRY
Upon presentation of proper credentials, the City or its designated agent may enter at reasonable times upon any property within the City to inspect the condition of the stormwater structures and facilities in regard to any aspect regulated by this Title.
(Ord. No. 12-2019, art. VIII, § 13801, eff. 3-20-19)
1308.02 - ENFORCEMENT.
(Ord. No. 12-2019, art. VIII, § 13802, eff. 3-20-19; Ord. No. 34-2021, § 1, eff. 10-11-21)
1308.04 - PENALTIES.
(Ord. No. 12-2019, art. VIII, § 13804, eff. 3-20-19)
Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances: Zoning Code - Chapter 13 Stormwater Management