City of Fairbanks


Fairbanks Stormwater Laws & Regulations

The City of Fairbanks has enacted a Stormwater Ordinance in order to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls to protect and safeguard the general health, safety, and welfare of the public residing in watersheds within this jurisdiction.  The City of Fairbanks is the permitting authority for all land disturbing activities and requires the land owner to maintain all on-site stormwater control facilities and all open space areas (e.g. parks or “green” areas) required by the approved stormwater control plan. The City of Fairbanks will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. The City of Fairbanks, under the NPDES program, also has the authority to inspect properties for noncompliance and can issue a notice of violation (NOV) for any deficiency or infraction onsite. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of any stormwater facilities or practices located on the property. The City of Fairbanks has the authority to inspect stormwater facilities and practices in order to ascertain that they are properly maintained and functioning.

EXCERPT-Fairbanks & North Pole Storm Water Management Program Guide

2.2 City of Fairbanks

A detailed map of the urbanized area of Fairbanks is included as Figure 2 on Page 17. The project submittals listed above are included as line items on the City of Fairbanks Building Department Residential and Commercial Building Permit Applications, and shall be submitted through the Building Department. The City of Fairbanks will review each PSWCP, ESCP, and SWPPP submittal to determine their conformance with the provisions of the ordinances. Within seven business days after receiving the project submittal(s), the City of Fairbanks will, in writing: a. Issue a Letter of Non-objection to the PSWCP, ESCP, and/or SWPPP; b. Issue a Letter of Non-objection to the PSWCP, ESCP, and/or SWPPP subject to such reasonable conditions as may be necessary to secure substantially the objectives of the ordinances, and issue the permit subject to these conditions; or c. Disapprove the PSWCP, ESCP, and/or SWPPP, indicating the reason(s) and procedure for submitting a revised application and/or submission. For construction activity that will result in a ground disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre, the City of Fairbanks will inspect each construction site at least once per year. A copy of the Program Guide April 2017, 3rd Edition 15 latest plan review and inspection fee schedule is available through the Building Department

Supplemental documents:

Fairbanks Urbanized Area Storm Water Management Agency Review & Project Submittal Requirements

State of Alaska documents:

APDES Stormwater Website

Alaska Storm Water Guide