The Durham County Stormwater and Erosion Control Division administers and enforces the sedimentation and erosion control sections 3.8, 12.10 and 15.5 of the Durham City/County Unified Development Ordinance and the Durham County Stormwater Ordinance.
The Erosion Control Program administers and enforces the sedimentation and erosion control sections of the Durham City-County Unified Development Ordinance. A state-delegated local program, it includes all privately funded, non-agricultural land-disturbing activities of more than 12,000 square feet in both the City of Durham and the unincorporated areas of Durham County. The Program conducts plans reviews, issues land disturbance permits, and inspects all permitted projects for compliance.
The Stormwater Program is responsible for administering the Durham County Stormwater Ordinance, which applies to all unincorporated areas of Durham County. The Program is responsible for enforcing the Neuse River, Falls Lake, and Jordan Lake nutrient management rules through development reviews including flood control, water quantity, and water quality control measures. It is also responsible for maintaining the County’s compliance with the rules through stormwater retrofit identification, illicit discharge detection and elimination, and education and outreach activities.
ATTENTION: Most Durham County Offices are currently closed. Please see the following for how the Stormwater and Erosion Control Division will operate during this time:
Durham County’s Stormwater and Erosion Control Division is continuing to provide its normal functions to the development community but with extremely limited staff. Beginning on March 23, 2020 the Division will not be available to walk in customers. Land disturbance permit applications, erosion control plans, and stormwater construction drawings should be uploaded electronically to this link. Staff will confirm receipt of electronic materials within 2 business days. With regards to payments, Durham County is seeking an electronic payment option. In the meantime, plans review fees will be assessed upon approval until April 17, 2020 unless otherwise noted. Staff will communicate with submittal contacts should things change.
Permit requests and all other inquiries will be handled via email, phone, or by appointment. Appointments will be made at staff’s discretion and only if no other alternatives are available. Initial inquiries should be directed to the following:
For Erosion Control: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Stormwater: email@example.com
At this time, Site Inspections will occur on a regular basis subject to staff being able to maintain social distancing protocols while on site. At any site where Social Distancing protocols are NOT fully maintained for the entire duration of the site inspection, DCo staff will immediately leave the site, with the inspection noted as not in compliance regardless of site conditions. This will be done in order to maintain the health, welfare, and safety of the public and of our staff. It is our goal to continue providing excellent service to keep as many of our partners moving forward in their business endeavors while simultaneously protecting public health and fully complying with the public health orders currently in effect.
Letters to Industry
- December 2019 Letter to Industry: Erosion Control Ordinance Amendments
- Letter to Industry: Durham County Stormwater Construction Drawing Submittals
- Letter to Industry: Durham County Erosion Control Ordinance Amendments and Policy Changes
- Durham County Stormwater Ordinance
- Plan Submission Overview
- Standard Details for Sedimentation and Erosion Control
- Summary of Latest S & E Ordinance Changes
- Fees Schedule
- Neuse Strategy Stormwater Plan
- Floodplain Development Permit Application
Ryan D. Eaves, PE, CFM, CPESC
Stormwater & Erosion Control Division
Phone: (919) 560-7992
Fax: (919) 560-0740
We have moved! Our new address is 201 East Main Street, 5th Floor.