BMP Examples

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LID Manual Cover

 Photograph of vegetated bioretention swale with curb break
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Bioretention Planter.

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Bioretention swale


Storm Water Low Impact Development Technical Design Manual

The City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County present this Manual to supercede/replace the 2005 SUSMP Guidance Manual.  This Manual provides the technical design guidelines for development projects in the implementation of permanent storm water quality features

For more information or to report issues with downloading the documents, please contact Heaven Moore, Supervising Engineer via email at
hmoore@srcity.org or call 707-543-4530.

The current Manual was approved by the City of Santa Rosa's City Council on August 30, 2011. The link to the full LID Manual is below along with the links to the separate sections for easier downloading:


The current LID Manual is in a process of revision to meet new NPDES Permit requirements, to add clarification from use and comments received, and to address formatting issues.

Click here for the 'strikeout and redlined' version of the new proposed draft narrative section.

The City values your input and expertise and will be accepting comments until June 27, 2016. Please submit your comments to Heaven Moore, Supervising Engineer via email at hmoore@srcity.org or call 707-543-4530. All formats will be considered. Comments can also be submitted on other aspects of the LID Manual or it's attachments.

Please note that the current version of the LID Manual will continue to be used until the revised version is completed and approved by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.


  • This Memo explains how the CalGreen Building Code changes relates to the LID requirements and site design for projects that require building permits.
  • Link to the LID Plant and Tree List.
  • Click here for the BMP Selection Table (Coming soon).
  • Link to the Preliminary SUSMP Submittal Guide and cover sheet.
  • Link to the Final SUSMP Submittal Guide and cover sheet.
  • Click here for the Approval letter from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Coming Soon).
  • Copy of the Resolution by the City of Santa Rosa City Council adopting this LID Manual.
  • Copy of a complete example of a Preliminary SUSMP submittal (including determination worksheet, submittal guide, narrative, calculations, exhibits, details, and maintenance checklists). Can be used as a guide by developers and designers.
  • Copy of the Maintenance Declaration. A legally binding, signed 'DECLARATION OF COVENANTS REGARDING MAINTENANCE OF STORM WATER BMP FACILITIES', or equivalent mechanism approved by the governing agency, is required for all BMPs located on private properties. Click here for a copy of the form with simple instructions on how to fill it out.

SUSMP Project Submittal Process



Storm Water Calculator - this NEWLY REVISED excel based calculator is to be used by the designer to determine the quantity of storm water that will need to be treated and/or infiltrated to meet the permit requirements.  A copy of the completed calculation will need to be submitted for each inlet/tributary area.  Fields in yellow are input fields, Macros will need to be enabled for all links to work properly.  The calculator is locked to protect the integrity of the calculator.

Storm Water Determination Worksheet, - is a Fill-in Form or can be printed and filled in. The form is used to determine whether a Project requires permanent storm water Best Management Practices and is required for all discretionary projects.


 Contact Details

Heaven Moore
Supervising Civil Engineer


The Technical Advisory Committee consists of local design professionals, representing the fields of civil, structural and geotechnical engineering, landscape architecture, architecture, as well as City, County, and SCWA staff involved in all aspects of development including Planning, Engineering, Capitol Improvement Projects, Plan review, parks, Materials Lab, and Maintenance.  Members of the Regional Water Quality Control Board staff also participated.