In June 1990, the Program received the first municipal stormwater permit in the nation from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board). The permit was reissued in 1995 and 2001. On October 17, 2001, the Water Board amended the permit to include expanded requirements for controlling pollutants from new and redevelopment activities (Provision C.3). On July 20, 2005, the Water Board again amended the permit to allow for phased implementation and to approve key provisions of the Program's Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP).
As part of the NPDES permit requirements, the Program produced an Urban Runoff Management Plan and submits annual work plans and reports to the Water Board. The Program also produces specific reports and work products for various projects. Other program components exist in accordance with NPDES permit guidelines.