NOI / SWPPP for Development Sites One Acre or Greater

Construction Activity is the disturbance of one acre or more of total land area and less than one acre of total land area that is part of a common plan of development or sale. Prior to land disturbance associated with construction activity, approval must be obtained by both State and local authorities.

Prior to beginning the construction activity, you must obtain authorization.

Effective May 1, 2019, the City of Lincoln began requiring electronic submission of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspection reports for large site applicants under the City of Lincoln Construction Stormwater Permit.

While some have successfully submitted their reports online, there have been reports of software problems. In light of the recent software issues, the City has decided to hold off on enforcement regarding missing electronic SWPPP inspection records until these issues have been resolved.

If you have been unable to upload your inspection reports, please contact us immediately at with specific issues you have encountered.

As a reminder, applicants are still responsible for keeping their own SWPPP inspection documentation every 14 days or within twenty-four hours after a rainfall event greater than 0.5 inches during a 24-hour period. The only change is how the report is submitted.

City staff will be reviewing SWPPP inspection reports online and also conducting compliance inspections to verify the accuracy of all inspection reports. For those who have not been successful in uploading their reports, we may ask to see your records onsite.

If you have been notified there are missing reports for your project and would like to verify which reports/dates are missing, you can search here. Searches can be conducted by: Permit Number; Project Name; Inspection Date or Date Range; User Name (DEQ Created by); Company (including Certifying Official, Authorized Representative, Designer, or Inspector); and/or Project Address.

Construction Stormwater (CSW) Permitting PortalPermit Authorization • Inspections • Termination

Local Permit Authorization Process

To obtain both the local and State CSW-NOI, a permit application must first be submitted in the form of a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) in the CSW Permitting Portal.

If you are unfamiliar with the electronic permit process, please utilize the step by step guide for the NOI NDEQ/COL Application Process. This guide identifies the key components necessary for submission of the permit(s) required by the City and State, as well as where to find a copy of your approved permit.

When you apply for a permit from NDEQ, anything within the Lancaster County limits will be routed automatically to the City of Lincoln for approval. If the project is within the corporate limits of the City’s Tier I Limit, the City will process the application. If the project is outside City jurisdiction, it will be routed back to the State for finalization.

Applicants will be required to upload the Construction Activity SWPPP along with the information as identified in the City’s SWPPP Checklist. Detailed information can be found in Section 28.01.060 of the Lincoln Municipal Code (LMC) and the Drainage Criteria Manual (DCM). The SWPPP must identify Best Management Practices (BMPs) to be implemented to control erosion, sedimentation, and pollutants. Chapter 9 of the City's DCM describes requirements for SWPPPs and provides specifications for a range of BMPs.

The Construction Activity SWPPP must be prepared and signed by a qualified individual. The building phase of development for a common plan of development or sale may be covered under one SWPPP that is submitted by, and under, the control of the permittee.

Upon approval from the City, the information will be routed automatically to the State for review. Upon State approval, a joint City of Lincoln/State of Nebraska letter of authorization is emailed to the applicant, just as it is in the current State system.

Local Permit SWPPP Inspection Process

To submit a SWPPP inspection, log in to the CSW Permitting Portal. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to register.

Once logged in, scroll down to the SWPPP Inspection Reporting section. If this is the first inspection for the project, enter the project’s CSW permit number in the field and select “Search” to complete the project’s first report. If you have already submitted an inspection for the project, the project should appear in the “Listing of CSW Permits that you have existing SWPPP Inspection Reports” section. Click on the project’s permit number to continue submitting inspections until a Notice of Termination has been approved.

Upon completion, a copy of your finalized SWPPP inspection report is emailed to the account provided in the form and the account you selected as a cc (if you chose to do so). The system will automatically store the inspection report with the CSW permit for City or State staff review.

Failure to provide accurate SWPPP reports electronically can result in a reinspection fee. Failure to pay a reinspection fee is also cause for additional enforcement action(s).

Instructions on how to register for an account and fill out an inspection report, a sample inspection report, as well as a list of frequently asked questions, are available below:

Local Permit Termination Process

Once the construction is complete in accordance with the design standard, the permittee shall submit a Notice of Termination.

The same account used to obtain authorization for a project on the CSW Permitting Portal should be used to request termination. Log in and select the project you wish to terminate from the home screen.

Go to the “Listing of Existing Applications,” find the project you wish to terminate and click on the blue link to access the project information.

From the “Project Application Overview” screen, select the Submit for Notice of Termination.

The COL CSW Notice of Termination information should appear. Expand the small triangle next to the Final Stabilization Requirements to see additional information on the requirements you need to meet.

If you meet the requirements and your project has passed final inspection, confirm your information to see the COL CSW Notice of Termination (CSW-NOT).

Upon approval, a letter confirming the project is closed is emailed to the applicant.


INOI / Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for Individual Lots