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Inspection Report Template – Electronic Version
This Inspection Report Template (or “template”) was designed to assist you in preparing inspection reports for
EPA’s 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP). If you are covered under the 2012 CGP, this template will
enable you to create an inspection report form that is customized to the specific circumstances of your project
and that complies with the minimum reporting requirements of Part 4.1.7 of the permit. Note that the use of this
form is optional; you may use your own inspection report form provided it includes the minimum information
required in Part 4.1.7 of the CGP.
If you are covered under a state CGP, this template may be helpful in developing a form that can be used for
that permit; however it will need to be modified to meet the specific requirements of that permit. If your
permitting authority requires you to use a specific inspection report form, you should not use this form.
While EPA has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of all instructions and guidance contained in the
Inspection Report Template, the actual obligations of regulated construction activities are determined by the
relevant provisions of the permit, not by the template. In the event of a conflict between the Inspection Report
Template and any corresponding provision of the 2012 CGP, you must abide by the requirements in the permit.
EPA welcomes comments on the Inspection Report Template at any time and will consider those comments in
any future revision of this document. You may contact EPA for CGP-related inquiries at email@example.com.
Overview of Inspection Requirements
Construction operators covered under the 2012 CGP are subject to the following requirements in Part 4:
Inspection Frequency (see Part 4.1.4)
You are required to conduct inspections either:
• Once every 7 calendar days; or
• Once every 14 calendar days and within 24 hours of a storm event of 0.25 inches or greater.
Your inspection frequency is increased if the site discharges to a sensitive water. See Part 4.1.3. Your inspection
frequency may be decreased to account for stabilized areas, or for arid, semi-arid, or drought-stricken conditions, or for
frozen conditions. See Part 4.1.4.
Areas That Need to Be Inspected (see Part 4.1.5)
During each inspection, you must inspect the following areas of your site:
• Cleared, graded, or excavated areas of the site;
• Stormwater controls (e.g., perimeter controls, sediment basins, inlets, exit points etc.) and pollution prevention
practices (e.g., pollution prevention practices for vehicle fueling/maintenance and washing, construction product
storage, handling, and disposal, etc.) at the site;
• Material, waste, or borrow areas covered by the permit, and equipment storage and maintenance areas;
• Areas where stormwater flows within the site;
• Stormwater discharge points; and
• Areas where stabilization has been implemented.
What to Check For During Your Inspection (see Part 4.1.6)
During your site inspection, you are required to check:
• Whether stormwater controls or pollution prevention practices require maintenance or corrective action, or
whether new or modified controls are required;
• For the presence of conditions that could lead to spills, leaks, or other pollutant accumulations and discharges;
• Whether there are visible signs of erosion and sediment accumulation at points of discharge and to the channels
and streambanks that are in the immediate vicinity of the discharge;
• If a stormwater discharge is occurring at the time of the inspection, whether there are obvious, visual signs of
pollutant discharges; and
• If any permit violations have occurred on the site.
Inspection Reports (see Part 4.1.7)
Within 24 hours of completing each inspection, you are required to complete an inspection report that includes:
• Date of inspection;