Stormwater Management is any plan or program implemented to maintain the quality and quantity of stormwater runoff to pre-development levels.

The City of Cuyahoga Falls continues to focus on resolving existing community flooding, erosion, and water quality problems and works to address the impact of current and future development in the city through city-wide and regional watershed stormwater management. This allows the city to consolidate resources and partner with overlapping communities that share the watershed. 

New Development 

All new developments must comply with city codes and regulations including the City of Cuyahoga Falls Development Code. Commercial developments over one acre must also meet Ohio EPA and Summit County Soil and Water Conservation District regulations.

Additional Resources

Stormwater Inspections

In 2004, the city began offering residential inspections in accordance with ordinances 141-2004 and 142-2004; to identify and eliminate sources of clean water entering the sanitary sewer system. This inflow and infiltration of clean water into the sanitary system can cause basement backups during heavy rain events. To find out more about Stormwater inspection, visit the Stormwater Inspection program page.


The most important component of Stormwater Management is public education, because storm runoff begins with individual landowners.

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground.

Each of us live downstream from someone else and we are all affected by the quantity and quality of stormwater runnoff. Homeowners are responsible for managing stormwater and its affects on personal property.

This educational information is designed to responsibly and effectively address storm runoff and to minimize the impact on our neighbors' and our own homes. 

Educational Resources

Please call the Stormwater department with questions or more information on this important management system.