The City may issue Notices of Violation to offenders and fines may be issued depending on the severity of the violation. The City can impose fines, or civil penalties, up to $1,000 per day for each day the violation exists.
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An illicit discharge is an unlawful act of disposing, dumping, spilling, emitting, or other discharge of any substance other than stormwater into the stormwater drainage system. The stormwater drainage system includes streets, ditches, catch basins, yard inlets, street inlets, storm drains and streams.
There are exceptions to the Illicit Discharge Ordinance. Below are some examples:
Per the City of Lynchburg Ordinance (Sec. 16.2-71) examples of illicit discharge include the following:
A complete list of non-permitted discharges can be found here City Code 16.2-71.
Large amounts of yard waste can actually become harmful to our streams and creeks. Dumping yard waste into the storm drain system can be considered a violation of Lynchburg’s Illicit Discharge Ordinance. However, if residents are collecting leaves together along their curb line for the seasonal leaf collection programs, this is an exception. For questions regarding yard waste disposal, please refer to the trash collection page.
Used motor oil can be collected at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days at the Region 2000 Landfill. For more information, please see http://www.lynchburgva.gov/hhw. Used motor oil can also be taken to most auto parts stores. Please contact your local store for more information.
Backwash and discharges from swimming pools are listed as an exception to the Illicit Discharge Ordinance provided there is less than 1 parts per million, of chlorine. If your pool was recently shocked, wait at least 7 days without adding anymore chemicals before draining your pool. Always test the water before draining to make sure your pool has dechlorinated.
View the Residential Pool Outreach Brochure (PDF).
An illicit connection is an unlawful connection from the sanitary sewer system into the stormwater drainage system or directly into lakes and streams. Below are some examples: