The City of Tacoma regularly updates its Stormwater Management Manual (previously called the Surface Water Management Manual) to comply with the most recent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, to clarify information and to incorporate updated policies.
If you have questions or concerns about the Stormwater Management Manual or don't know which version of the manual is applicable to your project, please contact Environmental Services at (253) 591-5218.
2016 Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM)
NEW - July 2016 SWMM
In July 2016, the Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM) was updated to clarify requirements and fix text errors throughout the document. The 2016 Errata Overview shows all changes made to the manual in redline form. The July 2016 version of the SWMM is applicable to projects vested beginning August 1, 2016.
January 2016 SWMM
The January 2016 version of the Stormwater Management Manual is applicable to projects vested beginning January 7, 2016 to August 1, 2016.
2016 Public Training Presentation
Payment In-Lieu of Construction Program
Tip Sheet for Payment In-Lieu of Construction Program
Application for Payment In-Lieu of Construction Program
City of Tacoma Regional Stormwater Facility Plan (June 2016)
City of Tacoma Regional Stormwater Facility Plan - Attachment 1: Flett Creek Watershed (June 2016)
If you wish to receive Stormwater Management Manual updates and stormwater policy information, please fill out the online form on the bottom of the page.
2012 Stormwater Management Manual
The 2012 Stormwater Management Manual is applicable to projects vested beginning February 1, 2012 to January 7, 2016.
The Errata documents below show changes or edits to the 2012 SWMM after February 1, 2012.
Errata to Volume 3 and Glossary (August 27, 2013)
Errata to Volume 3-Chapter 1 (April 4, 2012)
Errata to Volume 3-Chapter 10 and Volume 5-Chapter 3 (April 29, 2012)
Errata to Volume 3-Chapter 5 and Chapter 9 (October 30, 2012
2012 Training Workshop Presentation
2008 Surface Water Management Manual
The 2008 Surface Water Management Manual is only applicable to projects vested beginning September 22, 2008 and ending January 31, 2012.
2003 Surface Water Management Manual
The 2003 Surface Water Management Manual is only applicable to projects vested prior to September 22, 2008.
Policy Updates for all SWMM
Use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement Millings and Recycled Concrete Aggregate - Environmental Services Directive ESD16-1 (August 15, 2016)
Oil Water Separator Policy (2012)
Implementation of Stormwater Infiltration for Pollution Generating Surfaces in the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (January 2011)
Policy Updates for 2012 SWMM
Stormwater Facility Maintenance Standards (June 2015)
Infrastructure Protection Requirement (July 30, 2014)
Minimum Requirement #5 Roof Downspout Control Selection (August 13, 2013)
Infiltration Trench Sizing (August 13, 2013)
New Impervious Surface Definition (August 7, 2013)
Bituminous Surface Treatment Definition (June 19, 2013)
Policy Updates for 2008 SWMM
Revision to Detention Practices for the Leach Creek Watershed (January 28, 2009)
Policy Regarding Proprietary Stormwater Treatment Devices (October 7, 2008)
Revision to Detention Practices for Flett Creek Watershed (May 13, 2008)
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