The term smaller construction sites refers to construction projects that do not have a total disturbed area equal to or greater than 2000 square meters. If your site does not meet this requirement then you will need to review the material within the larger construction sites webpage for more information. If you are unsure what is meant by disturbed area please see the explanation within the frequently asked questions section. You can also click on the image of the guide on this page to be directed to a document that explains in detail the requirements for smaller construction sites.
Erosion and sediment control is just as important on smaller construction sites as it is on larger project. Often the area constraints on many medium to high density single family lots and the need for basement excavations results in heavy tracking and depositing of soil outside of the immediate property boundary.
The building permit holder is responsible for any sediment placement or tracking onto the roads and lanes adjacent to the project regardless of the sub trade he contracted to do the work. In some cases the cleanup bill for ordering a mechanical sweep to clean a city block or two far exceeds the cost associated with addressing the issue at the source.
Erosion control is important from the commencement of construction and often begins before the first spade hits the soil. Before you get started, look at the key areas of your site and plan what steps are needed. Forward planning is cheaper and more effective in the long run. Examples of good Best Management Practices (BMP's) for sites include:
• Control site access by preventing vehicle access to exposed soils
• Provide gravel access pads for vehicle access
• Implement perimeter control measures to contain soil and provide stormwater treatment
• Cover exposed soils using straw to prevent impact erosion from rain
• Keep the roads clean of soil at all times
• Install catchbasin protection
• Cover stockpiles
• Keep sediment containing material off paved surfaces
Keep in mind that erosion control needs to be adaptive to suit the progression of construction on the site. Looking ahead to adapt the way the site is managed can make compliance with the by-law second nature.
The key to staying in compliance with the by-law is to ensure that your site has correctly installed the BMP’s listed above and that the installed measures are inspected and maintained regularly during construction. Under this by-law, the Property Owner and/or Builder are deemed the person responsible for site compliance and shall not cause or permit any infractions against this by-law to originate from their site.