NPDES Construction Program

Fee adjustments 2023

OCTOBER 3, 2023 UPDATE: The General Permit annual fee is now $120. North Carolina’s 2023 Appropriations Act Session Law 2023-134 includes fee adjustments for 28 Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) programs, including Stormwater. A full list of fee adjustments is available on the DEQ website.

Note 01:  If you encounter an issue saving drafts, please remove any uploaded documents and re-upload them before trying to submit. It is best to start a new application and complete/submit the form in the same session whenever possible.

Note 02:  Self inspections are not required to be done by a qualified person (as is the case for the EPA construction stormwater permit).  

The NCG010000 General Permit will be renewed on April 1, 2024. All Certificates of Coverage (COCs) will be automatically renewed only if there are no outstanding fees through the 2023 billing cycle. Any COCs with fees 90 days overdue or more will be permanently expired, and an eNOI application for a new COC will be required to resume coverage of the project. Please check our website for updates.

The NPDES Construction Stormwater Program applies to construction activities that disturb one acre or more, or are part of a common plan of development of that size.

How to Apply for a Certificate of Coverage

Complete the e-NOI form, consulting the e-NOI form directions. Be sure to upload the NOI Certification Form (with original signature). Notes:

  • The NCG01 permittee will be the entity listed in Part B1 of the NOI. That entity must be the same entity as the financially responsible party as listed on the Financial Responsibility/Ownership Form for the NC SPCA.
  • Check the e-NOI before you hit "submit."  Common errors are incorrect lat/long, waterbody name/index number, and E&SC Plan approval date. 
  • Paper copies of the NOI Certification mailed in should always have original wet-ink signature (not digital). Beginning June 1, 2022, we will not accept uploaded copies of the NOI Certification with digital signature to ensure records consistency.
  • You will receive a response within 3 business days after you submit. If DEMLR approves the e-NOI, you will receive an email with directions for paying the $120 annual permit fee (as of October 3, 2023, the fee is now $120). If DEMLR does not approve the e-NOI, you will receive an email explaining the deficiencies.
  • Do not pay the permit fee before receiving the email that your e-NOI is approved.
  • Within 3 business days of DEMLR receiving payment, you will receive an email with the COC attached.

How to Pay the Annual Permit Fee

  • You will be billed via email for next year's permit fee at least one month prior to the end of the current permit year.
  • If you do not terminate the project prior to the end of the current permit year, then you are responsible for paying the next annual permit fee.
  • Electronic payment on the Stormwater ePayments page is preferred to payment by paper check. Be sure to enter the COC number, which is the permit number (not the invoice number or "NCG010000").
  • Payments made to DEMLR cannot be refunded.

How to Terminate a Certificate of Coverage

Complete the e-NOT form, being sure to upload a completed Notice of Termination Certification (with original signature). Notes:

  • An e-NOT must be submitted when a project is closed out, sold, or there is a mistake in the COC such as incorrect owner information.
  • Before you submit an e-NOT, you must close out the E&SC Plan with the appropriate DEMLR Regional Office or Local Erosion and Sediment Program.
  • If the construction activity is sold and land disturbance is still occurring, then the new Owner/Operator must apply for a new COC and the old permittee needs to submit an e-NOT. These permits are not transferrable.
  • If you receive an invoice for a project that is already closed out, you are not required to pay the annual permit fee for the upcoming year as long as the e-NOT form is submitted within 30 days of the invoice date.
  • Paper copies of the NOT Certification mailed in should always have original wet-ink signature (not digital). Beginning June 1, 2022, we will not accept uploaded copies of the NOT Certification with digital signature to ensure records consistency.

How to Modify a Construction Permit File

Complete the Modification form. Notes:

  • Use this form to add updated E&SC Plan approval and close-out letters to the file for projects that already have an approved COC.
  • The Permittee or appropriately authorized individual within the Permittee organization must sign and submit the modification request. A modification request by a consultant or someone outside of the Permittee organization will not be accepted.
  • This form may also be used for changes to Legally Responsible Individualbut not Entity.
  • This form may NOT be used to change project ownership. The new owner must submit an e-NOI form and the previous owner must submit an e-NOT form.

How to Find Construction Permit Information

Construction NPDES Permit List  as of 1/16/2024 at 7:30 am
Permit records are available in the Construction Stormwater COCs folder of the Laserfiche repository. For guidance on finding a specific COC in the repository, see this Advanced Search How-To document.

Homebuilding Lots and Outparcels

COCs may be issued on a “per contiguous project, per owner” basis - this may be convenient for a builder who is taking down multiple lots in a subdivision or for a campus that is often starting and completing construction projects. See Options for Covering Homebuilding Lots & Development Phases Under the NCG01 Permit for guidance on how to cover multiple construction activities within a contiguous project under the NCG01 permit. 

Sample Plan Sheets

Below are sample plan sheets that provide guidance on complying with key portions of the NCG01 Permit.  These sample plan sheets provide more detail than is provided in the NCG01 permit.  Permittees are not required to use the sample plan sheets; they convey one way that the objectives set forth in the permit may met.  

Sample_Plan_Sheet_Topic Provides_Guidance_to_Comply_With      
Ground Stabilization and
Materials Handling 
Part II of the NCG01 permit for topics that may
not be addressed in the E&SC Plan.
.pdf  CAD  CAD 2013 
Inspection, Recordkeeping and Reporting  Part III of the NCG01 permit and requirements
for draw down of sediment basins (II-G.4).
.pdf  CAD  CAD 2013

Approved Flocculants/PAMS List

Self-Inspection and Monitoring Forms

Historical Information on the NCG01 Permit

The NCG01 Permit went into effect on April 1, 2019. The effective date for the NCG25 Permit is October 1, 2020.  Some things to know:
  • Permittees who have an E&SC Plan approved on or after April 1, 2019 are required to submit an electronic Notice of Intent (e-NOI) form (below). 
  • Construction activities shall follow the new NCG01 permit regardless of approval date. 
  • The NCG01 Fact Sheet and The "Dirt" on the New NCG01 presentation will answer many of your questions.
  • Stormwater Program staff have prepared an NCG250000 Response to Public Comments document. This permit is for construction activities that ARE subject to the federal Clean Water Act but ARE NOT subject to the NC Sedimentation Pollution Control Act.

Previous NCG01 Construction General Permit 

The process for renewing the previous NCG01 Permit took about one year.  Here is a summary of the key milestones:

  • April 9 and 23, 2018:  Stakeholder meetings held in Raleigh
  • June 15 - July 16, 2018:  First draft of NCG01 out to public notice
  • August 1, 2018:  DEMLR will reissue the current NCG01 permit so that construction activities will continue to be covered as we finalize the new NCG01 permit
  • August 3 and 9, 2018:  Stakeholder meetings held in Raleigh
  • September 4 - October 5, 2018:  Second draft of NCG01 and first draft of NCG25 out to public notice
  • February 11, 2019:  Stakeholder meeting held in Raleigh
  • March 1, 2019:  Stakeholder meeting held in Raleigh
  • April 1, 2019:  Renewed NCG01 goes into effect
  • April - May 2019:  Second draft of NCG25 out to public notice
  • July 15 - August 14, 2020:  Third draft of NCG25 out to public notice
  • October 1, 2020:  Issuance date for the NCG25 Permit.
Please review this web site first; then, if you have questions that are not addressed here, contact Brooklyn Broussard or Paul Clark at (919) 707-3642.