Stormwater Management


Stormwater is the rain and melting snow that falls on our rooftops, streets, and sidewalks. As stormwater flows, it sweeps up pollutants such as oils, chemicals, sediments, pathogens and trash. Rather than being absorbed naturally into the ground, much of New York City’s stormwater eventually flows into storm drains or catch basins, and from there into the Sewer System.

We oversee a broad citywide effort to better manage stormwater to improve the health of our local waterways and prevent flooding. Learn more about our MS4, Green Infrastructure, Bluebelt, and Long Term Control Plan Programs, as well as what you can do to protect local waterways with the Safe Disposal of Harmful Products.

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Unified Stormwater Rule

The Unified Stormwater Rule (USWR) changed requirements related to how stormwater is managed on new and redevelopment properties across NYC. The rule requires updated stormwater quantity and flow rates for site and house connection proposals and a retention-first approach for projects that need MS4 Construction Permits.

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Stormwater Management System Design Guidelines

Guidelines for the Design & Construction of Stormwater Management Systems

The Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Stormwater Management Systems assists New York City’s development community and licensed professionals in the selection, planning, design and construction of onsite source controls.

Standards for Stormwater Release Rates

View the rules governing house and site connections to the city’s sewer system: Chapter 31 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY).

Water and Sewer Forms

We’re responsible for approving all work related to the City water and sewer infrastructure including construction of private water and sewer mains, connections to the water and sewer system, repair work on the system, and discharges into the sewer system. This section includes general information and detailed application requirements to assist property owners, Professional Engineers, Registered Architects, and Licensed Master Plumbers in obtaining required approvals, permits and inspections.

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Southeast Queens

The Interactive Southeast Queens Project Map highlights projects that are in construction or have been completed as part of the City’s $1.9 billion effort to reduce flooding and upgrade infrastructure throughout Southeast Queens.