Overcoming Stormwater Challenges When Transitioning to a New HOA or Property Management Company

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Overcoming Stormwater Challenges When Transitioning to a New HOA or Property Management Company

Structural BMP HOA Guide

County of San Diego Homeowner’s Association Guide


As a Homeowner's Association (HOA) board member or property management company, you may be overwhelmed wondering what stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) you are required to maintain and how to do so. This may be especially challenging if you are a new HOA board trying to keep track of all your important documents or if you are a property management company who has acquired a new development to maintain. In response to these questions, the County developed this guide to help HOA board members, property management companies, and individual property owners distinguish maintenance obligations between each other. If you are wondering whether specific maintenance responsibilities fall under you or under someone else, this guide will help you identify the responsible party for these activities and achieve compliance for the annual Self-Verification Documentation (SVD) Program that starts in July.

For example, structural BMPs that are in parking lots, in shared common roads, and span across multiple properties are generally maintained by HOAs. In contrast, individual property owners are responsible for maintaining BMPs located on their property. To find out what you need to do, please refer to the Stormwater Maintenance Agreement or approved site development plans for more details on specific inspection and maintenance requirements for each BMP. If you are ever in doubt about whether the patch of grass that you are looking at is actually a vegetated BMP with stormwater functionality in disguise, or if you have any other stormwater questions, please contact us at BMP.Program@sdcounty.ca.gov or call us at (858) 495-5323. 


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