Stormwater Management / Public Works Standards

Gig Harbor

On November 14, 2016, the City of Gig Harbor City Council approved Ordinance 1347 (PDF) and Ordinance 1348 (PDF) approving the 2016 Stormwater Management and Site Development Manual and 2016 Public Works Standards.

Compliance Review
In accordance with the new Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements, the City is reviewing its Municipal Code, Stormwater Management Standards, and Public Works Standards to determine revisions necessary in order to maintain compliance with these requirements.

The DOE and NPDES require that Low Impact Development (LID) techniques and Best Management Practices (BMPs) be adopted as the City’s Standard in order to minimize impervious surfaces and native vegetation loss.

All necessary revisions to the City’s Municipal Code, Stormwater Management Standards, and Public Works Standards are required to be effective by December 31, 2016. Updates during this process will be made available on this page as they occur.


  • September 1: SEPA Notice published and Department of Commerce review period starts
  • September 12: Review of two ordinances at Public Works Committee
  • September 29: SEPA appeal period ends                 
  • October 10: Open House from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.                                             
  • October 10: Work study session with full council from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • October 24: Public Hearing/1st Reading of two ordinances
  • October 31: Department of Commerce review period ends
  • November 14: 2nd reading of two ordinances
  • December 31: Effective date of Storm/Trees/Landscaping/Screening ordinance
  • January 1: Effective date of Public Works Standards ordinance

Additional Information
Learn more about LID technologies, including rain gardens, permeable pavements, bioretention, and green roofs. More information about DOE and NPDES requirements may be found on the Environmental Protection Agency website.

For direct questions pertaining to the City's progress, please contact Denise Sharer, Public Works Assistant.