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Stormwater Control Requirements for Development

The Chatham County Stormwater Management Ordinance requires that a stormwater plan be submitted for projects  that will exceed 20,000 square feet of land disturbance. This requirement applies to all new development and redevelopment within County jurisdiction, including private, public, state, and federal development not covered by a separate NPDES permit. Stormwater Management Plans must address the following:
• Capture and treat runoff volume for the 1-year, 1-hour storm event
• Minimum removal of 85% of Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
• Post development peak flow discharges not to exceed the pre-development rates for 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-, and 25- year, 24-hour storm events

The Stormwater Permit Application, plan requirements and Stormwater Fees shall be submitted to the Watershed Protection Department for review and approval prior to any land-disturbing activity. Please note that an Operation & Maintenance Agreement must be provided at the time the application is submitted. The link below to NCDEQ's webpage will take you to the O & M EZ Form.


Upon completion of construction, Stormwater As-Built submittals and drawings are required.



Inspection and Maintenance Requirements

All permitted stormwater control measures in Chatham County require an annual inspection for maintenance. All inspection forms are to be submitted to the Stormwater Administrator by December 31st of each year. This includes subdivisions with SCMs, in which inspection and maintenance is required by the HOA.

This is a legal requirement.


Annual Inspections may be sent to:

Chatham County Watershed Protection
PO Box 548
80 East Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Or electronically to:


Useful Links:

Revised NCDEQ Stormwater Design Manual

Additional Information:

Chatham County GIS

Web Soil Survey

Jordan Lake Information

General Environmental Documentation Submittal Form

Environmental Review Advisory Committee


For questions regarding the Chatham County Stormwater Program, contact:

Morgan DeWit, PE
(919) 542-8268