Stormwater Requirements for New Development and Redevelopment

Urban development is a major contributor to stormwater-caused pollution. Development or redevelopment of a property presents an opportunity to incorporate post-construction controls that can reduce water quality impacts over the life of the project. The California Regional Water Quality Control Board has issued a county-wide Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (also referred as the MRP) to regulate stormwater discharges from municipalities and local agencies in San Mateo County. As a result of this permit, the City of Burlingame has implemented stormwater control measures for large new development and redevelopment projects. This page provides resources to help project applicants comply with the City of Burlingame's stormwater requirements in development project designs. 

Before Construction

Stormwater Control Plan Resources:

Plan Submittal Documents:

During Construction

Ensure that your construction site has implemented best management practices. For additional construction-specific resources, please visit flowstobay.org/construction.

Operations and Maintenance Agreement

For projects that are over 10,000 square feet, an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement must be completed and recorded with the San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office. The O&M Agreement will consist of the following five items:

  1.  A completed and signed Operation and Maintenance Agreement (download the O&M template here)
  2. Exhibit A: Legal Description of Property
  3. Exhibit B: Stormwater Management Plan with BMP section details and planting plan
  4. Exhibit C: Maintenance Plan
  5. Exhibit D: Operation and Maintenance Verification Form
Maintenance Plan Templates
(for Exhibit C)
O&M Verification Form Templates
(for Exhibit D)
  • Bioretention Area (Word)
  • Flow-through Planter (Word)
  • Infiltration Trench (Word)
  • Media Filter (Word)
  • Permeable Pavement (Word)
  • Rainwater Harvesting System (Word)
  • Tree Well Filter (Word)


 Annual Operation and Maintenance Verification

The City of Burlingame requires property owners to keep stormwater treatment measures in good repair. City staff will periodically inspect these treatment measures for proper operation and maintenance.

How to Comply:
1. Identify where your stormwater treatment measures are located. Consult the fact sheets below for pictures of each stormwater treatment measure and information on how to maintain it.

2. Inspect and maintain your stormwater treatment measures. Complete the operation and maintenance verification form (see below).

3. Take photos of your stormwater treatment measure. After conducting routine maintenance, take a photo of your stormwater treatment measure.

4. Submit your completed verification form and photos to the City.
To submit by email: stormwater@burlingame.org
To submit by mail: City of Burlingame, Public Works Department, 501 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

Fact Sheets
Verification Forms (due annually)
  • Bioretention Area (PDF)
  • Flow-Through Planter (PDF)
  • Media Filter (PDF)
  • Permeable Pavement (PDF)