• Email
  • Print


Businesses in Carlsbad are required to comply with municipal storm water rules and regulations to prevent pollution. The Storm Water Protection Program conducts compliance inspections, complaint investigations and outreach education to ensure businesses are implementing appropriate pollution prevention. You can help us prevent water pollution by following these simple methods:

Good Housekeeping

  • Use mops, brooms or wire brushes to clean dumpsters, sidewalks, buildings, equipment, pavement and other impervious surfaces.
  • Sweep up trash and debris.

Preventative Maintenance

  • Keep equipment and vehicles properly serviced. Inspect and clean/repair as needed.
  • Regularly inspect and clean gutters, storm drains, catch basins, and other storm drainage features to prevent pollutants from accumulating.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain BMPs.

Materials Storage and Handling

  • Store materials indoors or under covered/contained areas not exposed to rain.
  • If materials cannot be stored under cover, place materials on pallets and cover with a tarp to avoid contact with storm water run-on and runoff.
  • Dispose of unused materials properly.

Waste Disposal and Management

  • Keep dumpsters closed when not in use.
  • Sweep around dumpsters and other areas to prevent trash from accumulating.
  • Immediately clean up spills and leaks.

Spill Response

  • Keep rags, mops and absorbents readily accessible.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • If necessary, develop a spill response plan and update as needed.

Employee Training

  • Train employees on pollution prevention and spill response.
  • Post information in employee areas.
  • Keep records of employee training.

Download Industrial/Commercial Business Guide to Pollution Prevention
Download Mobile Business Guide to Pollution Prevention

Download Construction Guide to Pollution Prevention
Download Green Business Practices