Soil erosion is the process of detachment and transportation of soil materials by water, wind, ice and gravity. Franklin County’s Erosion and Sediment Control Program's goal is to control soil erosion, sedimentation, and non-agricultural runoff from regulated "land-disturbing activities" to prevent degradation of property and natural resources.

Virginia was among the first states to specifically address ESC from construction sites by establishing Virginia's ESC Program nearly 30 years ago.

Title 10 of the Code of Virginia, adopted in 1973, requires all localities to adopt a local erosion and sediment control program. The 1986 Appropriations Act required the Division of Soil and Water Conservation to conduct a review of local compliance with the Erosion and Sediment Control Law. The state regulates all land disturbing activities of 10,000 square feet or greater.  In addition to this, local ordinance requires permitting if the land disturbance is 3,000 square feet or greater and within 200’ of surface water. For single family dwelling please see the link below for Erosion and Sediment Control Agreement in lieu of a plan.

ESC/SWM Manual

Erosion & Sediment Control Agreement in Lieu of


Four components are necessary for those who need an "Agreement in lieu of a Stormwater Plan". This is specifically for single family home construction in Franklin County.  The components are:

Chapter 7 Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management



Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program

Planning & Community Dev.
1255 Franklin Street
Suite 103
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Phone: 540-483-3027


Steve Sandy, Director
Email: Steve Sandy

Lisa Cooper/Principal Planner
Long Range Planning
Email: Lisa Cooper


Terrance Harrington
Senior Planner/Current Planning
Email: Terry Harrington


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm