Environmental Requirements - Design Phase

For a brief summary of the environmental programs which require project manager’s to contact EHS, please see the Quick Reference Guide.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)

Oil storage areas and oil containing equipment must be designed with adequate containment. For indoor units, the containment must be able to hold oil from the unit in case of a rupture or leak. For outdoor units, the containment must be able to hold 110% of oil capacity. The additional capacity is to allow for rainfall from a 25-year, 24-hour storm. For more detail, refer to the SPCC Program

Pre-Treatment Devices

For detailed design requirements on all pre-treatment devices, see Pre-Treatment Device Approval.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)

All construction projects are required to manage site runoff. The total acres of planned disturbance correlates with the required controls and applicable permits. The University’s Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued by the TCEQ requires all projects to limit the increase in erosion and discharge of pollutants in stormwater as the result of new development and redevelopment. If greater than an acre will be disturbed, then coverage under the TCEQ Construction General Permit (PDF) is also required. For more information on SWPPP requirements during construction, please see Environmental Requirements - Construction Phase. Failure to comply with the permit requirements can result in project delays, civil penalties, notices of violation and in severe cases, could include criminal charges.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Chart

Review Process

If there is any outdoor disturbance < 1 acre, including material staging areas, submit a site specific erosion and sediment (E&S) control plan to EHS for review during the design phase. If the total outdoor disturbance is > 1 acre, follow the format outlined in EHS’ SWPPP template (PDF). Submit to EHS for review during the design phase. Allow two weeks for initial comments, and more time for additional review if required changes are extensive. Provide EHS with a final version of the SWPPP, either digital or paper copy, once it has been approved.

Be sure to submit a Notification of Construction Activities (PDF) form at the beginning of the project.


To request a training or submit feedback, please reach out to us by calling (512) 471-3511 or send an email to EHS-EnvironmentalOps@austin.utexas.edu. For additional training resources, please visit Environmental Programs Training.

UT Austin SWPPP Procedures (PDF) Site specific E&S plan Maintain best management practices As needed inspections

Standard for Storm Water Management Design

All construction projects that include outdoor disturbance must adhere to the UT Austin design standard for storm water management (PDF). This standard is designed to meet the requirements of the UT Austin Phase I Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Visit the Stormwater page for more information on the permit and UT Austin’s Stormwater Management Program.

Green Infrastructure

UT Austin supports the utilization of green infrastructure to manage storm water runoff in lieu of or in combination with more traditional gray infrastructure wherever feasible.  Single-purpose gray stormwater infrastructure is largely designed to transport storm water away from buildings as quickly as possible.  Green infrastructure both reduces and treats stormwater at its source, contributing to improved water quality, reduced flooding risks, decreased erosion, and increased community satisfaction. Green infrastructure is also often more cost-effective in the long run when factoring in construction and maintenance costs.


Temporary Erosion and Sedimentation Controls