ENB-4.10 - Erosion and Sediment Control Manual

Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureaus Pursuant to Rule Making Authority (ARB)
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Administrative Rule Adopted by Bureau of Development Services Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority



Portland City Code (PCC) Title 10 (Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations) provides the Bureau of 
Development Services (BDS) with authority to regulate ground-disturbing activities related to 
construction and other uses in order to reduce erosion and discharges of sediment and pollutants.

PCC Sections 3.30.040.A. and B. and Section 3.30.045 provide authority for the Director of BDS to 
adopt administrative rules, policies, and procedures to enforce applicable code provisions and to 
establish and impose enforcement fees and penalties for non-compliance, and to establish 
enforcement priorities, as set forth in subsection 3.30.040.A.

  • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit
  • PCC 3.30.040 (Administrative Rulemaking Procedures)
  • PCC Title 10 (Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations)
  • PCC Chapters 17.34 (Sanitary Discharges); 17.38 (Drainage and Water Quality); and 17.39 (Storm System Discharges)
  • City of Portland Erosion and Sediment Control Manual
  • City of Portland Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM)
  • City of Portland Source Control Manual (SCM)

  1. 1. Portland City Code Section 3.30.045 delegates the authority to adopt and administer administrative rules appropriate to perform the duties of the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) set forth in Section 3.30.010 and prescribes procedures for administrative rulemaking.
  2. BDS worked with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) on updating PCC Title 10 and the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and drafting a separate enforcement administrative rule to comply with the City’s NPDES MS4 Permit and clarify requirements for regulating ground-disturbing activities related to construction that reduce erosion and discharges of sediment and pollutants.
  3. In late 2019, BDS published a draft of the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual, along with drafts of the proposed revisions to Title 10 and the Erosion and Sediment Control Enforcement Administrative Rule, to seek public comment on these documents. BDS received only three public comments, none of which sought substantive amendments to the draft documents.
  4. In accordance with Section 3.30.045, BDS published a notice of public hearing in The Oregonian on August 17, 19, and 20, 2022 and in The Daily Journal of Commerce on August 17, 19, and 22, 2022. BDS also posted notice of the hearing and made the draft amendments to the administrative rule available on the BDS website. No public hearing was requested. BDS held the record open until 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2022. No written or oral public comments were received on the proposed amendments. The effective date is more than 30 days after the last date of the required notices.

As provided in Portland City Code Section 3.30.040, the Director of BDS hereby adopts the
Erosion and Sediment Control Manual as a Permanent Administrative Rule.


Effective March 1, 2000.

Manual developed by Office of Planning and Development Review in conjunction with Bureau of Environmental Services, Office of Transportation and Bureau of Water Works.

Filed for inclusion in PPD September 29, 2004.

Revised administrative rule adopted by Director of Bureau of Development Services April 7, 2008 and effective April 21, 2008.

Amended by Director of Bureau of Development Services November 1, 2022 

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