Is Your Project Required to Comply With LID?


On May 12, the Low Impact Development Ordinance’s road to adoption ended and LID became effective in Los Angeles. This landmark legislation will improve water quality here in LA by amending and expanding on the existing Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (or SUSMP) requirements of capturing the first ¾-inch of rain from a storm event for new and re-development projects that (1) require a building permit and (2) add or replace 500 square feet of impervious surface.

Here at LA Stormwater, we’ve been preparing for this day by training our staff, providing information about LID requirements on our web site and blog and hosting public workshops to help explain these new requirements. Now that it’s time to implement the Low Impact Development Ordinance, you may still have some questions about how this new law may impact an upcoming project:

– Uncertain if your home improvement project is subject to LID requirements? Check out our LID Info-graphic that guides you through the LID Process.

– Have a question about which best management practice (rain barrels? a rain garden? permeable pavement?) will work best for your small-scale residential project? Take a look at the LID Handbook which outlines the simple prescriptive methods that are pre-approved and will ensure your project’s compliance.

– Wondering whether infiltration, capture and use or high efficiency bio-filtration would work best in your large development project? Visit us at the LA Stormwater LID/SUSMP Public Counter located at 201 North Figueroa St., 3rd Floor – Station 18, Los Angeles, CA  90012.

– Still have questions? Call LA Stormwater LID/SUSMP Public Counter staff at (213) 482-7066.

No matter what the scope of your project, we recommend that you consult with LA Stormwater in the early stages of your project’s design to address issues and/or concerns. LA Stormwater staff is knowledgeable and ready to help you comply with LA’s new LID requirements, whether it’s a small-scale residential project or a large industrial or commercial development.

It’s a new day for low impact development here in Los Angeles. We’re all transitioning to the road of LID compliance to meet LA’s goal of cleaner creeks, rivers, lakes and ocean.


Comments (3)

  1. Yenny A Mayorquín R
    November 30th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    From Colombia, in the Cauca Valley Region.
    I will ask you a question.
    What is the meaning for “IN AN ESA” on the LID scheme, from the LA ordinance.
    Thank you
    Yenny Astrid

  2. Yenny A Mayorquín R
    November 30th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Hello again
    I have the answer for my question.
    But still I have problems for read the smaller letter. When can I get the scheme bigger?


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      LA Stormwater
      December 3rd, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks for your inquiry, YAM. As you probably determined, ESA stands for Environmentally Sensitive Area. Unfortunately, we don’t have the schematic available in a larger size. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any further questions about the language, please feel free to contact us.

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