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Who is Responsible?

Stormwater runoff from every lot located within the City of Milton, including commercial and residential properties, has the potential to affect the quantity and quality of water on adjacent properties and waterways.

As such, part of the planning and design requirements for each development are provisions for collection and treatment of runoff from rainfall.  

Typically, a development will include one or more stormwater management ponds designed to serve the entirety of the development. For commercial sites and multi-family residential rental properties, the ownership and responsibility for maintenance of these facilities lies with the current owner of the property. For single and multi-family residential properties, the ownership and responsibility lies with the property owners served by the facility, which includes all properties which were part of the original development.  

To reiterate: HOAs and owners of commercial properties are responsible for ponds on their properties.

This group of property owners is usually represented by a neighborhood group or homeowners association.  In addition to general maintenance responsibilities, the city requires owners of all newer projects (built within the past eight years) submit an annual inspection report to the Public Works Department describing the condition of their stormwater facilities and any maintenance work completed on the facility within the past year.   

Milton: Stormwater facilities within the right-of-way

Georgia Department of Transportation: Stormwater facilities on state routes

Fulton County: Watering restrictions

Georgia Environmental Protection Division: State level environmental issues.

Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission: Preserve, protect, and conserve the soil.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources: Hunting, fishing, boating, and more.

HOAs: Neighborhood detention ponds. Please register your HOA online

You: Items on your property. You are responsible for not causing drainage problems to your downstream neighbors or to the right-of-way.

Stormwater Management Facilities Brochure (PDF)
Stormwater Management Inspection Brochure (PDF)