The City of Oakland conducts stormwater inspections at industrial and commercial businesses to comply with the State of California’s clean stormwater regulations, and to enforce Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 13.16, Creek Protection, Storm Water Management and Discharge Control Ordinance. The city conducts approximately 900 business stormwater inspections each year.
Businesses can prepare for a stormwater inspection by reviewing online stormwater resources, and ensuring that you are implementing the Four C’s: Cover, Capture, Clean, and Contain.
- Cover outdoor work and storage areas. Repair any leaks or cracks.
- Capture fluids before they run to the street and nearby storm drain inlets, including spills from fuel, vehicle/equipment maintenance areas, cooking liquids, and rooftop equipment.
- Clean up spills before they reach a storm drain inlet. Use dry clean-up methods (sweeping, absorbents) to clean spills indoors and outdoors. Take a look at this video to learn more about the benefits of using dry clean up methods.
- Contain new and used stored fluids to capture leaks. Use secondary containment for chemical or material storage.
The City of Oakland thanks all business owners and operators in advance for their assistance with this important water resource protection and stormwater pollution prevention program. In Oakland, all storm drains lead directly to creeks, lakes, and the San Francisco Bay, and only clean stormwater is permitted in the City’s storm drain system.
For more information about the Business Stormwater Inspection Program, see our FY2019-2021 brochure for businesses below. Please note that business stormwater inspections are not scheduled in advance.