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Land Disturbing Designation


TO:  Individuals Applying for Building Permits and Land Disturbing Permits

FROM:  The Department of Community Development

DATE:  August 10, 2012

RE:  Responsible Land Disturber Designation

This memo is to notify all individuals applying for building permits of a County ordinance requirement that became effective September 17, 2001. This Ordinance requires a person certified as a Responsible Land Disturber to be identified on the Agreement in Lieu of a Plan form for erosion and sediment control and on County Land Disturbing Permits. Effective July 1, 2001, the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law was amended to require that an individual certified as a Responsible Land Disturber be identified prior to approving erosion and sediment control plans or issuing permits. Fauquier County formally adopted this change as part of the County's Grading, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance effective September 17, 2001.

Please note that individuals already certified by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation as Inspector, Plan Reviewer, Program Administrator, Combined Administrator, or Contractor are automatically classified as Responsible Land Disturbers. In addition, individuals holding a valid Virginia Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor, Landscape Architect, or Architects License are also considered to be Responsible Land Disturbers. Other individuals have already taken the certification test and have become certified as Responsible Land Disturbers. The certification is available exclusively online at the Department of Conservation and Recreation Web site.

The exam is a one-hour timed, open-book exam that consists of 25 multiple-choice questions on topics such as the Law and Regulations, Principles and Practices, and ESC Specifications. An Applicant Packet containing material covered in the exam is available through the DCR website. Currently, the fee for taking the exam is set at $115 and must be paid by credit card through the website.

For those individuals, who do not have access to the Internet, Kelly Vanover, Regional Manager, in the Potomac Watershed Office has a computer with Internet access available for the purpose of taking the test. Copies of the Applicant Packet are also available at the Potomac Watershed Office, which is located at 98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 33, in Warrenton. Individuals electing to take the test at the Potomac Watershed Office will need to contact Mr. Vanover in advance at 540-347-6420 to schedule a date and time.

Date Last Modified: 08/10/2012


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