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Erosion Control

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The Chatham County Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinance requires a Land Disturbing Permit to regulate certain land-disturbing activity to control accelerated erosion and sedimentation in order to prevent the pollution of water and other damage to lakes, watercourses and other public and private property by sedimentation, and to otherwise protect the public health, safety and general welfare.

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The Permitting Process

Step 1: Find out which permit applies to your project.

Permitting Flow Chart

Step 2: Submit Land Disturbing Permit application (if applicable), plans and fees per the Permitting Flow Chart. Submittals may be made through the online permitting portal or in-person (instructions for drop-off). Please view the section below that pertains to your project and click the corresponding link for details.


Residential Construction

This includes single and multi-lot residential construction.

Residential Lot Permit

Land Disturbing Permit


Non-Residential Construction

This includes commercial, land clearing/development and infrastructure construction.

Land Disturbing Permit


Still have questions? Call us for more information.

Morgan DeWit, PE                     Phone: (919) 542-8268

Drew Blake, CESSWI                Phone: (919) 545-8394

Justin Hasenfus, CPESC         Phone: (919) 545-8344


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