Business Inspection Program

The County of Santa Barbara Stormwater Management Program is the mechanism used to implement the State of California Water Resources Control Board National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).  This inspection plan satisfies the performance measure established in the Stormwater Management Program and forms a basis for the County of Santa Barbara to conduct effective business inspections within its NPDES General Permit area (i.e., the unincorporated urbanized area).  The County of Santa Barbara utilizes this inspection plan in conjunction with its Discharge Ordinance to minimize and control pollutants associated with certain business activities.

The overall inspection program includes other business inspection programs administered within the County. These are the County Fire Department's programs associated with their designated authority as the Certified Unified Program Agency, or CUPA, and the Public Health Department's liquid waste and food facility inspection programs. These inspection programs address human health and safety issues and have an ongoing inspection schedule with follow-up enforcement authorities and are discussed in Section 3.0 of the County's Storm Water Management Program. Therefore, businesses already enrolled in these inspection programs are not targeted in this business inspection plan. However, the results of those inspections are included in the Annual Report to the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The goal of the Project Clean Water inspection program is to eliminate polluted storm water and non-storm water discharges to the storm drain system from certain targeted industrial and commercial businesses through facility inspections.  To achieve this goal, the following approach was developed to include the following tasks:

  • Identify and prioritize businesses with high potential to generate stormwater pollution.
  • Utilize a systematic inspection program.
  • Provide educational information to businesses about stormwater issues through personal communication during site inspection and through written brochures describing proper BMP implementation.
  • Utilize the County's Discharge Ordinance for follow-up and enforcement as necessary.
  • Establish a training program for county inspectors.
  • Document inspection activities and maintain records and GIS database.
  • Analyze trends and evaluate the Inspection Plan at least every year, and make modifications when necessary to improve the inspection program.

The types of businesses prioritized by this program are automotive and other vehicle or equipment related businesses, golf courses, hotels, nurseries, and service stations. This program is authorized under the County Storm Water Management Program and Chapter 29 Article IV of the Santa Barbara County Code.


County Stormwater Discharge Ordinance

Inspection Plan

Inspection Forms

For more information, contact Cathleen Garnand or call (805) 568-3561.