Permanent BMP Program

The City operates a Permanent BMP Program that ensures all development and redevelopment projects within the City meet Regional Water Quality Control Board requirements outlined in the Municipal Stormwater Permit.  The City’s Best Management Practices Design Manual provides guidelines for all projects seeking a development or redevelopment permit.  Typically, Permanent Best Management Practices (Permanent BMPs) including rain cisterns, bioretention basins, and permeable pavement, or other BMPs are required to be installed as part of most projects, called Priority Development Projects.


Permanent BMPs are designed retain and treat stormwater when it flows off impervious surfaces like rooftops, parking lots, roads and driveways. Permanent BMPs help keep pollution out of our creeks and the ocean, making it safer to swim and play at Encinitas beaches.

Once a Permanent BMP is installed at a Priority  Development Project, the BMP is tracked in the City’s Permanent BMP Mapping System and property owners are reminded each year to annually inspect and maintain their Permanent BMPs.  Self-verification of inspection and maintenance activities can be submitted through the City’s online submittal system.  If you are unsure whether you have Permanent BMPS on your property, use the myEncinitas app to locate your property and identify BMPs by clicking on the stormwater tab.