Stormwater Notice of Violation Corrections in DC, VA, MD & More

What Is a Notice of Violation?

A Notice of Violation is a notice that commercial property owners or managers might receive from the Environmental Protection Agency or local government informing them of a violation of the stormwater management ordinance. The notice you receive will typically include details of what part of your stormwater management system is not in compliance and what action needs to be taken to rectify the issue. You may receive a Notice of Violation following a routine county inspection or from an anonymous complaint. If this happens, property owners have a limited amount of time (typically 30 days) to make repairs and corrections to your property.

If you have recently been served a Notice of Violation, know that iSTORMWATER is here to help. We are experts at restoring stormwater management systems to be compliant and well-functioning in a quick and cost-effective manner. We can then provide stormwater management inspections to help you avoid any more violations in the future.

For Notice of Violation assistance in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, please call iSTORMWATER at (443) 699-2828 or contact us online. We also offer services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, and California!

Understand Why You Received a Stormwater Notice of Violation

There are many reasons why your property might have received an NOV. Some possibilities include:

  • Improper site preparation: Years ago, when your commercial facility or residential community was first built, the developer may have failed to prepare the site properly for long-term soil stability. The building(s) may also have been erected in a less-than-ideal location on your plot, resulting in erosion, sinkholes, and cracked foundations.
  • Changes to local conditions: New weather patterns could make water management difficult with your existing systems, especially if they were only meant to be temporary solutions. Construction on or around your property can also change water runoff patterns, creating problems that resulted in a violation.
  • Neglect or improper maintenance: The municipal government may have failed to keep up with the drainage and stormwater management needs of the area. As a building owner or community manager, it’s also your responsibility to keep up with routine stormwater inspections and maintenance. Things such as broken cleanouts, downed fences, sediment buildup, and trash accumulation are all problems that could put you in violation of local government, EPA, and HOA requirements.

What To Do if You Receive a Stormwater NOV

If you get a Notice of Violation in the mail, you have no choice but to comply. Failure to correct the issues outlined in your NOV within the allotted time could result in civil penalties (fines) of hundreds or even thousands of dollars per day that the violation continues.

Contact iSTORMWATER right away and request the Notice of Violation assistance you need. We work in a cost-effective, time-efficient manner to satisfy the regulatory requirements that apply to your property.

How To Prevent Future Violations

Once you get your Notice of Violation straightened out, you want to remain in compliance from here on out. The key is to choose iSTORMWATER as your stormwater management consultant. We provide a wide array of stormwater management tasks to help apartment complexes and office buildings, HOAs, shopping malls, urban land developments, and others achieve and maintain compliance. These services include:

  • Creating customized stormwater inspection and maintenance plans to prepare your site for stormwater runoff
  • Performing erosion control measures
  • Inspecting, maintaining, repairing, and updating aboveground and belowground stormwater management facilities
  • Providing you with documentation of our stormwater inspections for your records
  • And more

Request Stormwater Notice of Violation Assistance in MD, VA, DC, PA & DE

At iSTORMWATER, we’re certain you’ll be pleased with our stormwater management services. In fact, we guarantee your satisfaction! Our team draws on over 20 years of experience resolving NOVs for business owners and community managers in the DMV and more.

Let us repair your dysfunctional stormwater system to get you back in compliance! Contact us today at (443) 699-2828 to schedule the services you need.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stormwater Management & NOVs


Hard surfaces like building roofs, parking lots, parking garages, roads, driveways, and sidewalks will collect large amounts of stormwater when it rains. These nonpermeable surfaces provide no opportunity for the water to soak in, diverting it instead to nearby soils and other surfaces. Not only can this cause harmful erosion, but as the water travels along these hard surfaces, it can pick up pollutants like petroleum products, pesticides, soaps, chemicals, and more, all of which can be harmful to the environment and the groundwater.
By managing stormwater effectively, the harmful effects of runoff can be reduced, and in urban areas, the abundance of nonporous surfaces and materials makes managing stormwater even more important. At iSTORMWATER, our experts will help your business design and implement an effective stormwater management solution so you will avoid future notices of violations and more stringent enforcement actions.
Some of the most effective and budget-friendly ways to manage stormwater and runoff include building retaining walls, creating rain gardens, choosing more permeable materials, and installing a detention pond. Features like retaining walls and other hardscaping solutions can direct runoff toward acceptable areas like detention ponds or stormwater drains and away from vulnerable soil.
Rain gardens can provide a natural place for rainwater to collect and soak into the soil, nourishing plants and filtering the water simultaneously. Porous materials like gravel pathways or permeable driveway pavers can be used instead of concrete and pavement to allow water to absorb into the soil. Detention ponds will temporarily store runoff until it has a chance to soak into the ground naturally. More complex and innovative solutions are available in urban areas where space may be at a minimum, such as below-ground detention facilities.

To learn more about your stormwater management options in Maryland or the DC area, talk to our team at iSTORMWATER today. 


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