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Permanent BMPs help keep pollution out of our creeks and the ocean, making it safer to swim and play at Encinitas beaches. These measures are installed to retain and treat stormwater when it flows off impervious surfaces like rooftops, parking lots, roads and driveways.


Typically, Permanent BMP solutions including rain cisterns, bioretention basins, or permeable pavement, are required to be installed in development projects.


Once a Permanent BMP is installed at a Priority Development Project, the BMP is registered with the city and tracked in the City’s Permanent BMP Mapping System. This helps ensure property owners are reminded each year to inspect and maintain their Permanent BMP.  Self-verification of inspection and maintenance activities can be submitted through the City’s online submission system.  If you are unsure whether you have Permanent BMPs on your property, use the myEncinitas app to locate your property and identify BMPs by clicking on the stormwater tab.



The City of Encinitas’ Best Management Practices Design Manual provides guidelines for all projects seeking a development or redevelopment permit.

The BMP Program ensures all development and redevelopment projects within the city comply with local stormwater permits


For other Frequently Asked Questions, visit our FAQ guide  

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