City of Rock Hill


The City of Rock Hill 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 Rock Hill will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. Post-construction stormwater regulations will also be enforced and applicable stormwater fees will be collected. The City of Rock Hill offers stormwater credits for properties with installed and maintained stormwater runoff control facilities, Best Management Practices (BMPs), and/or water quality controls. The City of Rock Hill, 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.

Excerpt from Stormwater Ordinance

ARTICLE V. - STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY

Sec. 29-303. - References to assist the applicant in meeting the mandatory standards and requirements as established by this article.

All calculations, formulas and data used in the inspection of completed utility projects shall be subject to approval by the stormwater supervisor which may require other calculations made, formula used or data supplied. Acceptable standards for such matters may be found in the following publications. Whenever the mandatory standards and requirements of this article impose higher standards and plan requirements, this article shall govern.

  1. Soil Survey of York County, South Carolina - issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, 13 S. Congress Street, Room 5, York, South Carolina 29745 - dated April 1965.
  2. Erosion and Sediment Control in Developing Areas; Planning Guidelines and Design Aids - issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, Storm Thurmond Building, 1835 Assembly Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201 - dated July 1974.
  3. Urban Hydrology for Small Watersheds: Technical Release No. 55 (Second Edition) - issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, available from the National Technical Information Service, U. S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22151 - dated June 1986.
  4. Erosion and Sediment Control Practices for Developing Areas - issued by S. C. Land Resources Commission, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29205 - latest edition.
  5. Erosion and Sediment Control Planning and Design Manual - issued by the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, Raleigh, North Carolina 27687 - latest edition.
  6. A Guide to Site Development and Best Management Practices for Storm Water Management and Sediment Control - issued by the South Carolina Department of Land Resources Conservation Commission, Columbia, South Carolina 29205 - latest edition.

Sec. 29-304. - Maintenance during construction.

The person responsible for maintenance shall perform or cause to be performed preventive maintenance of all completed stormwater management practices to ensure proper functioning. The responsible inspection agency shall ensure preventive maintenance through inspection of all stormwater management practices.

Sec. 29-305. - Maintenance responsibilities after development.

Temporary and permanent erosion, sedimentation and stormwater management facilities, once installed and after a final inspection has been completed, shall be maintained in one of the following manners:

  1. Facilities maintained by owner. The owner of the property on which work has been done pursuant to the Rock Hill City Code, or any other person or agent in control of such property, shall maintain in good condition and shall promptly repair and restore all grade surfaces, walls, drains, dams and structures vegetation, erosion and sediment control measures, and other protective devices. Such repairs or restorations and maintenance shall be in accordance with the approved plan.

    Most facilities are privately maintained by the owner. The facilities to be maintained by the owner shall provide adequate access to permit city or state authorities to inspect and, if necessary, to take corrective action. If the owner or any other person or agent in control of such property fails to maintain properly the facilities for which he is responsible under the provisions of this section, the stormwater supervisor shall give such owner, person or agent in control written notice describing specifically the deficiency. If the owner, person or agent fails, within ten days from the date of receipt of such notice, to take or commence corrective action, such owner, person or agent shall be subject to the penalties found in this article or elsewhere in the Rock Hill City Code.

  2. Facilities maintained by the city. All facilities to be maintained by the city must be designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of this article, elsewhere in the Rock Hill City Code, the city's zoning ordinance and design specifications, and all such facilities shall be dedicated to the city by plat, deed or right-of-way/easement with attached record drawings, after the city has accepted the conveyance of such facilities by resolution of the city council. Facilities located within the street right-of-way may be accepted with such street acceptance in accordance with section 26-164 of this Code. Such instrument shall include sufficient easements to permit the city to properly maintain such facilities. Any facilities conveyed to the city under the provisions of the Rock Hill City Code shall be maintained, warranted and guaranteed against defects by the developer in accordance with the city's zoning ordinance. City council retains discretion to modify the terms of acceptance of dedication for unique situations, including existing facilities.

City of Rock Hill Stormwater Fee

City of Rock Hill Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Design Manual 

City of Rock Hill Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) Page

City of Rock Hill Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Checklist 

City of Rock Hill Stormwater Ordinance