Engineering and Construction

Proposed land development or redevelopment in Murfreesboro submit site plans, subdivision plats, construction plans, and stormwater designs and calculations to the City’s Planning and Engineering Department.

Stormwater Requirements

Stormwater related requirements ensure that construction phase and post-construction (permanent) runoff is as clean as possible, such that local streams are not impaired.

Land Disturbance Permit

The city requires you to obtain a Land Disturbance Permit for construction disturbing an acre or more of ground, including common plans of development (e.g. a subdivision development) where the total acreage of development will total one acre or more.


Post-construction stormwater quality standards apply when at least 10,000 square feet of impervious surface is added to lot one acre or more in area, or when 10,000 square feet of imperviousness is added to multiple lots in a common plan of development. More information is referenced in the design manuals.

Plan Reviews

The city reviews your plans with several documents: 

  • A stormwater management plan with design and calculations
    • Due prior to application for a building permit
  • Stormwater management record sheet
    • Due prior to application for a building permit
  • Construction phase erosion prevention and sediment control plan
    • Due prior to pre-construction meeting and land disturbance permit
  • Certification by engineerof installation of stormwater quality related controls
    • Due prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy
  • Post-construction stormwater treatment system operation and maintenance plan
    • Due prior to issuance of certificate of occupancy
  • Inspection and Maintenance Agreement for Private Stormwater Facilities
    • Due prior to issuance of certificate of occupancy

Stormwater User Fee

The city’s stormwater user fee amounts to $3.25 per month, per 3470 square foot of impervious area. That works out to approximately $30 per month, per commercially developed acre. Reducing the amount of impervious area on your development will reduce the user fee, and may help you to achieve compliance with the post-construction runoff quality standards.