Erosion and Sediment Control Forms

Applications for the Erosion and Sediment Control Program are now available online through the Department of Environmental Quality’s new AccessDEQ digital hub.

Part of DEQ’s initiative to modernize and streamline its environmental permitting processes, AccessDEQ is designed to support the regulatory cycle while allowing the public to efficiently conduct business with the division. The new erosion and sediment control online system will encompass all aspects of the permitting process, including submitting and tracking applications, online payment options, plan reviews and compliance actions issued under the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act. 

Electronic Application Forms

The Financial Responsibility & Ownership Form is now also available online!  Applicants can apply to any regional office* through the AccessDEQ portal below.  This portal may also be used to apply for either standard reviews or those through the Express Review Program using the online form.  You can submit an application, pay fees and track its progress.  Once your application/plan has been approved, you can log in to the portal to view the details of your permit, update ownership or contact information or submit a request for a plan revision.

*For projects that fall under the jurisdiction of a delegated Local Program contact the appropriate agency for application and fee submission requirements.

Applicants, including the financially Responsible Officials (RO) who are associated with the project, must register an account in order to submit a request for their project.  Once an applicant has registered within the portal, they can either submit a New Location Request or request to associate themselves with an existing Location** (i.e., project site).  During the creation of a New Location Request or when submitting a request to associate yourself with an existing Location, you will define your role, or association, with the project. Roles are defined below. The terms facility/site/project/location refer to a project site involving a land-disturbing activity when associating it with this form, the name of which will appear in a list on the form once you have access to it. (“Location” is a new term that equates to “Project Name” on prior versions of the Financial Responsibility/Ownership Form.)

**The term "Location" is synonymous with the term "Environmental Interest" used in the guide and instructions.  

AccessDEQ Portal

  • Click here to learn more about AccessDEQ!
  • Quick Start guide for registering for the AcessDEQ portal (PDF)
  • Detailed instructions for registering and using the Acess DEQ Portal (PDF)

Note:  The online form should not be used for requesting a Trout Buffer Waiver. Please contact the appropriate regional office for instructions on how to apply.

Facility/Site/Project Role Definitions

  • Responsible Official (RO) is defined as the representative with the authority to be the primary decision-maker for the property or business function.​
    • This role is responsible and accountable for compliance. ​
    • Signature Authority​
    • Ability to Prepare/Submit applications, modifications, data/reports and pay fees. (see individual rules for the program)​
    • Can submit a New Location Request or associate themselves as the Financially Responsible Person/Official with an existing Location 
    • Manage My Team – add DRO, Preparer, Certifier and Admin
    • Examples: Owner, Operator, Plant Manager, Corporate Officer, Elected Official, LLC owner/operator, etc.​
  • Delegated Responsible Official (DRO) is defined as a duly Authorized Representative within the RO’s organization that has been given specific powers/authority to act on the behalf of the RO. Delegation of duties to the Authorized Representative must be approved in advanced and documented. This role can submit applications and compliance reports.​
    • Federal permits must have the DROs be in their organization​
    • Permit process to trigger the review of DROs assigned to a RO account for the short-term project DROs​
    • Can request  to an RO to associate themselves with their existing Location (i.e., project)
    • Signature Authority​
    • Ability to Prepare/Submit applications, modifications, data/Reports and pay fees. (see individual rules for the program)​
    • Manage My Team – add Preparer, Certifier and Admin​
    • Examples: Public Works Director, High Ranking Official, etc.​
  • Preparer is defined as someone that prepares permit applications or compliance reports on behalf of the DRO or RO. ​
    • This role cannot submit applications or compliance reports.​
    • Can request to an RO to associate themselves with their existing Location (i.e., project)
    • Can pay fees on behalf of the DRO or RO once a request has been granted and an application has been submitted by the RO/DRO
    • Examples: Consultant, Agent, Contractor, etc.​
  • Administrator is defined as someone that can pay bills/fees on behalf of the DRO or RO.​
    • Examples: Finance, Billing Agent, etc

 Apply Online 

The Erosion and Sediment Control Application is now available online.

More information about the AccessDEQ digital hub can be found here

Application Guidance Documents

  • Plan Checklist for Designers (MS WordPDF, Fillable PDF)
  • Plan Application Guidance Document (PDF)
  • Plan Application Flowchart (PDF)  *New
  • Plan Review Flowchart (PDF)
  • Notice of Plan Review Fee Effective November 19, 2021 (PDF)
  • Ground Cover (PDF)

Express Permitting Option

All Express Reviews are to be conducted by appointment.  Contact the appropriate Regional Office to schedule an application review meeting for determining whether your project qualifies for an Express Review.

  • Express Review - General Process (PDF)
  • Express Review - Guidance Document (PDF)

Inspection and Monitoring Forms

  • Self-inspection and Self-monitoring Combined Form for Land Development (WordPDF)
  • Self-inspection and Self-monitoring Combined Form for Lots (WordPDF)
  • Example Combined Form for Land Development as prepared by a consulting inspector (PDF)

The EPA offers a free Construction Inspection training course. This training is offered in English and Spanish.

Additional training opportunities and certification information can be found on the NC DEQ Erosion & Sediment Education website.

Transfer of Financial Responsibility Notice

Financially Responsible Parties for residential lots under an individual lot plan approval involving a land disturbance of less than one acre may transfer their financial responsibility in accordance with G.S. 113A-54.1(f). The Transfer of Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan Financial Responsibility Notice and the Statement of Financial Responsibility for Erosion and Sedimentation Control are to be completed by the builder or developer conducting the transfer, and submitted to the DEQ regional office where the erosion and sedimentation control plan for the lot was submitted. 

Transfer of Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan Financial Responsibility Notice and Statement of Financial Responsibility for Erosion and Sedimentation Control (PDF).

Related Information

Tab/Accordion Items

The preferred application method is via the Access DEQ Portal. For a paper application, the application documents, and application fees should be submitted to the appropriate Regional Office* based on the project location.

Note:  Those paying by paper check should make the check payable to ‘NCDEQ’ and hand-deliver or mail it to the appropriate regional office.  Visit for a list of regional office addresses.   

Application documents or fees that are submitted to the incorrect office, such as to the central office, will have to be re-routed to the appropriate regional office and can result in the delay of plan approvals.

*For projects that fall under the jurisdiction of a delegated Local Program contact the appropriate agency for application and fee submission requirements.

Note:  Keep a copy of this completed form.  It serves as part of your NPDES NCG01 permit application. 

Below is a plan set that may be used by those seeking approval for the erosion and sediment control measures to be used during residential construction.  This plan serves as a standard for the most common lot controls that are expected to be installed and includes guidance on soil preparation and ground cover as well as construction sequencing that is common for the most basic site conditions.  The purpose is to provide an approvable plan which can facilitate a shorter review time, and which provides a comprehensive list of builder expectations as to controlling erosion and sedimentation while working.  The NCDEQ reserves the right to require a site-specific erosion control plan to be prepared and submitted for the 30-day review cycle. The use of this standard lot plan is conditioned upon the following:  

  1. This plan is for lots with an individual disturbed area of 1.00 acre or less, and a total disturbance of not more than 5.0 acres for individual single family or multi-family dwellings.  
  2. A vicinity map showing the boundaries of the project and access to the site is to either be shown on this standard plan or to accompany this standard plan.
  3. A subdivision plat or plan showing numbered lots and the Limits of Disturbance (LoD) is to accompany this plan.  The LoD includes lots, access to measures, staging areas, and utilities that may extend off-site.
  4. Lots are “finished”, or at final grade. Mass grading with full stabilization has already occurred or mass grading is not to occur.
  5. The property does not contain nor have jurisdictional waters within 100 feet of the lots.  
  6. The site is not located within a High-Quality Water Zone.      
  7. No discharges are expected or allowed into impaired waters.  
  8. Onsite vehicle or equipment washing is not allowed.  
  9. This site involves no off-site material storage, waste disposal, or borrow areas. 
  10. All disturbed areas not built upon shall be provided with permanent ground cover.  

Not all plan or detail sheets will be used.  The builder is to choose the appropriate sheets and include the page numbers within the Table of Contents.  Page numbers for sheets not used should remain blank within the Table.  All sheets should be numbered in sequence and dated.

11" x 17" Plan or Detail Sheets (PDF) and CAD Versions (Zipped DWG files)

8.5" x 11" Plan or Detail Sheets (PDF)

  • Title Sheet (PDF)
  • Lot Information Table (PDF)
  • Typical Individual Lot Layout with Curb & Gutter (PDF)
  • Typical Individual Lot Layout with Roadside Ditches (PDF)
  • NCG01 Self-Inspections (PDF)
  • NCG01 Recordkeeping & Reporting (PDF)
  • NCG01 Ground Cover (PDF)
  • NCG01 Materials Handling (PDF)
  • Temporary Seeding Recommendations (PDF)
  • Permanent Seeding Recommendations (PDF)
  • Construction Entrance/Exit (PDF)
  • Inlet Protection (PDF)
  • Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECP) for Channels (PDF)
  • Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECP) for Slopes (PDF)
  • Silt Fence (PDF)
  • Silt Fence Outlet (PDF)
  • Silt Sock/Wattle for Check Dams (PDF)
  • Silt Sock/Wattle for Perimeter and Inlet Protection (PDF)
  • Tree Protection (PDF)