Nutrient Offset ILF Program Information

New Buffer and Nutrient ILF Applications in Jordan Lake Upper New Hope and Lower New Hope Areas are Temporarily Suspended.  

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Nutrient Offset ILF Program Information

Participation in the DMS Nutrient Offset Program is voluntary. Applicants wishing to access DMS Nutrient Offset Program must complete and submit the nutrient offset payment request form.  Customers are encouraged to consult the Division of Water Resources Non-Point Source Branch for guidance on applicable rules and management strategies, reporting requirements and nutrient offset payments early in their site planning process. Historical customer payment data can be found using the link at the bottom of this page.  

customer process steps


All requests to participate in the nutrient offset ILF program must be accompanied by correspondence from the local government verifying the buy-down requirements, as well as a signed statement of compliance with G.S. 143-214.26.  Before agreeing to accept any nutrient payment, DMS is required to consider the financial, temporal and technical ability of the program to satisfy the mitigation request. 

Once DMS has agreed to accept payment, applicants will be notified in writing by the In-Lieu Fee Program Coordinator. DMS cannot accept a payment until a DMS acceptance letter has been issued. Nutrient offset payment letters are valid for 30 days. Subsequent payment letters issued by DMS will reflect the rates in place on the date the they are issued. 

DMS will provide appropriate documentation as soon as possible after payment receipt. All payments made to DMS are subject to our refund policy.

DMS In-Lieu Fee Contact Information

All inquiries related to ILF requests, invoicing and payments should be directed to Kelly Williams at

Receipts/Requirements for Nutrient Offset Program (updated  biannually)