Stormwater Construction Permit

The Town of Big Flats is a MS4 community and has developed more restrictive standards. If your project will impact, disturb or expose one acre of soil or more, including:

  • Clearing and grubbing
  • Filling or stockpiling
  • Building Construction
  • Grading
  • Excavating
  • Demolition
…you are required to have a permit for stormwater discharges from the site.

For more information please read the Moving Dirt Brochure.

Illicit Discharge/Construction Site Pollution Reporting

What is an Illicit Discharge?

Federal regulations define an illicit discharge as “...any discharge to a municipal sewer that is not composed entirely of stormwater...” with some exceptions. These exceptions include discharges from permitted industrial sources and discharges from fire-fighting activities. Illicit discharges are considered “illicit” because municipalities are not designed to accept, process, or discharge such non-stormwater wastes.

Sources of Illicit Discharge Construction Site Pollution:

  • Sanitary Wastewater 
  • Effluent from septic tanks 
  • Car wash wastewaters 
  • Improper oil disposal 
  • Radiator flushing disposal 
  • Laundry wastewaters

How to Report an Illicit Discharge (Construction Site Pollution):

1. Observe from a safe distance. DO NOT touch or smell the substance.

2. Notify: Contact the Town of Big Flats Code Department at 607-562-8443 or in case of emergency call 911

3. Provide the following information:

  •      Your Name
  •      Phone Number
  •      Discovery/ Incident time, date, location
  •      Description of material, source if known
  •      Estimate the extent of the problem ( slow trickle vs significant flow)

The sooner we learn about these incidents, the better our chance of finding the source and correcting the problem!


For more information see the links below.