Stormwater Criteria

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The City of Colorado Springs Drainage Criteria Manual (DCM) contains drainage criteria and submittal requirements for drainage studies and plans.  The two volumes of the manual are posted below.  The Stormwater Construction Manual (SCM) contains criteria for grading and erosion control during construction, and is also posted below.

Clarifications and minor modifications to criteria are documented in Policy Clarifications.  Where conflicts or differences between Policy Clarifications and the DCM or SCM exist, the Policy Clarifications shall apply.  All active Policy Clarifications are posted below.

Engineers are encouraged to check the website often for updates to criteria.  To sign up for notifications of updates to drainage criteria, please send an email to Stormwater Criteria.

Project specific questions related to Stormwater Criteria should be directed to the project Review Engineer.  Questions related to drainage criteria that are not project specific should be directed to Stormwater Criteria.

Stormwater Manuals

The Drainage Criteria Manual Volume I specifies the design and technical criteria for all drainage analysis and construction. The Drainage Criteria Manual Volume II provides information on stormwater Permanent Control Measures (PCMs). The Stormwater Construction Manual implements criteria for grading and erosion control during construction and describes the process for obtaining a Grading and Erosion Control Permit.


Printed copies can be purchased from the City Office Services Division, City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, Suite L01 (Garden Level), Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-385-5023.