The Delaware County Engineer’s Office administers the County’s Drainage, Erosion and Sediment Control (DESC) Program. This program is designed to limit erosion and stormwater runoff from construction sites and keep Delaware County in compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II regulations.

The County Engineer’s Office oversees construction activities through general permits and individual lot permits through the Delaware County DESC Program. Click here for more information about the DESC Program.

The stormwater administration staff is responsible for administration of the Phase II National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Program. The staff inspects the drainage and erosion control on construction projects in Delaware County to ensure that surface waters are not contaminated by sediment and runoff from construction sites. The drainage administrator coordinates waterway and stormwater permits for the construction activity done by other sections of the office, and also works closely with the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District on drainage projects such as ditch and farm tile construction.

Permit Application Forms, Certifications, Sample Drawings and Brochures

Listed below are permit application forms, certifications, sample drawings and brochures.

Note: Fee schedule increase and revised forms effective January 1, 2016.

Title Download
General DESC Permit Application Form DCEO-Review-Submittal-Coversheet-1.pdf
Individual Lot DESC Permit Application Form IndividualLotDESCApplication.pdf
Online DESC Submittal Individual Lot OnlineDESCPermitSubmittal.pdf
Footer Elevation Certification Form FooterCertification.pdf
Final As-Built Survey Certificate FinalAsBuiltSurveyCertificate.pdf
Finish Grade Elevation Change Form FGEChangeApplication.pdf
Homeowner’s Guide to Reducing Storm Water Pollution Brochure Stormwater_Brochure.pdf

We accept cash, check or credit cards for payment of permit fees.  Online credit card payments are processed through Point & PayPlease Note: the service provider charges a convenience fee.

Ditch and waterway maintenance:

The Delaware County Engineer works closely with the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District in the maintenance of ditches and waterways. Not all waterways are maintained as part of the County Drainage Maintenance Program, but certain ditches, swales, ponds and other water courses are maintained by the County Engineer and paid for through the collection of annual assessments or fees. This relieves the individual property owners of the burden of costly maintenance or repair when a farm tile breaks or a severe storm causes erosion that blocks an open water course.

For stormwater related concerns or inquiries please contact:

Brett Bergefurd
Deputy Drainage Engineer


For more information about Ohio’s standards on Stormwater quality please follow the following links:

Ohio Department of Natural Resources–Rainwater and Land Development Handbook

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency–Stormwater

Ohio Department of Transportation–Office of Environmental Services