The City of Cleveland is please to announce that Cleveland has been given pro-visionary status a Qualified Local Program (QLP) by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). Cleveland has been designated as a QLP because we have developed an effective construction stormwater and regulatory program to meet the requirements of TDEC.
In order for Cleveland to achieve QLP status, we had to demonstrate that our Construction Stormwater Program meets the provisions of the state's Construction General Permit. Once designated as a QLP program, Cleveland will be able to administer our own Construction Stormwater Permitting Program at the local level without duplicating the review and approval process at the state level.
Beginning August 1, 2017 owners and/or operations of new construction activitieswithin the City of Cleveland will be required to submit paperwork and any fees to the City of Cleveland only, eliminating the time invovled in getting TDEC's Construction General Permit. Permit coverage throught the Cleveladn QLP Permit will authorize the operator of the construction activity to discharge stormwater associated with construction activity under both state Construction General Permitand the Cleveland Construction Stormwater Program. Other required permits, such as the Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits (ARAP) will still be handled by TDEC.
AS our QLP program comes online we will hold meetings to discuss the new permitting process with developers, engineers, and surveyors so that everyone will be up to speed when the change occurs. We look forward to being able to serve the development community with this new program.