Oregon City recognizes the importance of protecting the environment and providing for the long-term stewardship of our natural resources. When land is disturbed at a construction site, the erosion rate may increase significantly. Proper planning and use of erosion control prevention measures can reduce the impact of human-caused erosion.
In an effort to protect our water resources, erosion control plans are required for construction projects that measure greater than 1,000 square feet in area. The applicant must obtain an erosion and sediment control permit prior to, or contemporaneous with, the approval of an application for any building, land use or other city-issued permit that may cause visible or measurable erosion.
Erosion and Sediment Control Permits are issued in accordance with adopted "Erosion and Sediment Control" standards per Ordinance No. 99-1013, the language of which is contained in City Code 17.47 that defines policies, minimum requirements, minimum standards, and design procedures for erosion prevention and sediment control in Oregon City.