What is the Inspection Process for LID?

To ensure that all stormwater related BMPs are constructed and/or installed in accordance with the approved SUSMP, Site Specific Mitigation Plan, or LID plan the City may require a Stormwater Observation Report (SOR) be submitted to the City prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. This is particularly true for complex projects. The SOR shall be prepared, signed, and stamped by the engineer of record (for example, a California licensed civil engineer or qualified professional) responsible for the approved LID/SUSMP/Site Specific Mitigation Plan, certifying that: 

  1. He/she is the engineer or architect responsible for the approved LID/SUSMP/Site Specific Mitigation Plan and;
  2. He/she or the designated staff under his/her responsible charge has performed the required site visits at each significant construction stage and at completion to verify that the BMPs shown on the approved plan have been constructed and installed in accordance with the approved LID/SUSMP/Site Specific Mitigation Plan.

The Certificate of Occupancy will be issued after all required clearances are obtained; the project has been determined, through the normal inspection process, to be built in accordance with the approved plan, including the construction and/or installation of appropriate stormwater related BMPs; and the project has been determined to comply with all applicable codes, ordinances, and other laws.

Additionally, a Covenant and Agreement (C&A) document shall be submitted, along with the design plans showing the project’s stormwater measures, during the plan review and approval process, and must be signed by the legal owner or authorized agent of the property. The C&A shall also be recorded with the County Recorder. The City will withhold the grading and/or building permit for the development application until this requirement is satisfied.