ECSWM Requirements

Permit Process Applicability

Erosion Control and Stormwater Management (ECSWM) Permits include a plan and checklist that describes the steps a developer, contractor, or landowner will take to prevent soil erosion on disturbed sites.  Some projects will also require plans to permanently manage runoff from the site after all construction is complete.  

  • Information on Applicability and Filing
  • Erosion Control Permit (pdf) is required if project:
    • Disturbs more than 4,000 square feet
    • Removes or fills more than 400 cubic yards of material.
    • The DNR soil loss worksheet is required with the permit.
    • Please use the 12/27/2016 version of the permit.
  • Stormwater Management Permit (pdf) is required if project:
    • Creates more than 20,000 square feet of impervious area
    • Development that requires a subdivision plat or CSM
    • Redevelopment, as defined in section 30-20 of the Fitchburg Ordinance
    • Please use the 12/27/2016 version of the permit.
  • Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Narrative Template (pdf) (MS Word): 
    • To be included with the permit application

Review Process

Erosion and stormwater control permit administration, and the expected timeframe for approval, is discussed in Chapter 30, Article II Sec. 30-26 of Fitchburg's Code of Ordinances. The review process will not begin until all permit application materials have been received by the City of Fitchburg.

If stormwater facilities are required, a Private Stormwater Maintenance Agreement will be required (as discussed below). These agreements must be reviewed by the Environmental Engineer prior to recording (

Design Guidelines

DNR stormwater technical standards should be used to design temporary and permanent stormwater facilities. If infiltration is required to meet stormwater requirements, establish the infiltration rate used for modeling prior to submitting the Stormwater Report. The DNR's technical standard, Site Evaluation for Stormwater Infiltration (1002) shall be used. A P.E. stamp will be required on the cover of the SW Report.

Fitchburg's 2019 Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction can be found at this location. 

ECSWM Performance Standards Update - Effective April 1, 2015

Please note that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has recently adopted the current NOAA Atlas 14 rainfall depths for the 24-hour storm events, along with new rainfall distributions for Wisconsin. All ECSWM permit applications submitted after April 1, 2015 need to be prepared using these updated depths along with the MSE4 rainfall distribution (which is required throughout Dane County).  HydroCAD users can download this distribution at:

 Here's a summary of the NOAA Atlas 14 rainfall depths for the following 24-hour storm events:
1-year = 2.49" (was 2.5")
2-year = 2.84" (was 2.9")
10-year = 4.09" (was 4.2")
100-year = 6.66" (was 6.0")

These changes will be incorporated into Chapter 30, Article II of Fitchburg's Municipal Code in 2017 as staff monitors any additional changes to ECSWM requirements anticipated to be adopted by Dane County and State of Wisconsin.

Permit Closure Procedures

Permit closure requires the following items are complete:
-70% vegetative cover with the site established
-A recorded copy of the stormwater maintenance agreement has been received by the city
-As-built certification has been submitted and approved
-All special conditions of the permit have been met
-A contact must be provided for long-term maintenance of the stormwater facilities
-Finally all erosion control measures must be removed per city approval of permit closure

Private Stormwater Facility Maintenance Agreement

Properties will need to have a Stormwater Maintenance Agreement (MS Word) recorded at the Dane County Register of Deeds for any private stormwater facilities installed such as rain gardens, storm pipes, swales, pervious pavement, and detention ponds. A legal description, map and list of measures being taken shall be included with the Maintenance Agreement. All maintenance agreements need to be reviewed by the City of Fitchburg Environmental Engineer prior to recording.

Ongoing Stormwater Facility Maintenance

The property owner will need to submit Annual Inspection and Maintenance Reports to the Public Works Department through PermiTrack. The annual maintenance report template should also be attached in PermiTrack, and can be found here. A list of stormwater contractors can be found here. If the facility is being correctly maintained, a credit may be applicable, click here for more information. To view private stormwater facilities in the City of Fitchburg, go to: Private Stormwater Sites in Fitchburg.


The city requires all ECSWM permittees to report erosion control inspections through PermiTrackESC, which is a we-based system allowing active construction sites to be viewed easily on a map. The map provides markers showing all currently active construction sites in the city that require an ECSWM permit.  Fitchburg has been using this system since January 1, 2014 showing all current construction sites in Madison. When you click on the map “push pin”, it will bring up information on the site and allow you to view erosion control inspections for the site and to provide a comment on the condition of the site. If you submit a comment it will be sent to City Engineering and to the permit holder for the site.
  Go to: Active Construction Sites in Fitchburg
For more information please contact Engineering Technician/GIS Specialist Dakota Dorn ( at 608-270-4287.