Stormwater Plan Review and Permitting

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Subdivision Layout

 

 

Online Permitting

All permit submittals shall be made online through the Permit Portal.

You will submit the same application, fees, construction drawing, calculations and maps as always but DIGITALLY and through the PERMIT PORTAL. You will upload documents and be invoiced once the application and fees due are verified. You will be able to track the progress of your permit through the portal.

First, you will need to create a Login account. Engineering firms should consider creating an account for the firm rather than individuals.

Print out the document below for instructions on how to apply online.

Permit Portal Instructions for Watershed Management

Single Lot Land Disturbance

Single Lot Stormwater Management

Existing Permits:

If your permit was submitted prior to the Permit Portal, it was migrated to the new software system. We may need to update the permit file so that it is consistent with the new system. Once you register for the Portal, contact us so that we can link your old permits to your account. Then you should be able to see your old permits and add attachments as needed and be invoiced for resubmissions, renewals, etc. To add new attachments, use the "Pending Attachments" option and email your plan reviewer to notify them of the submittal.

YOU WILL NEED TO BE A CONTACT ON THE CASE TO VIEW IT IN THE PORTAL

Single Lots

Stormwater Certifications

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Review Fee = $50

Each zoning district has a maximum impervious surface percentage that is allowed. The upper limit on residential lots is 30% impervious; however, subdivisions may range from 6% to 30% impervious depending on the level of stormwater treatment installed during development. During the subdivision approval process, the application and their design engineer determined what level of impervious the subdivision would have and whether stormwater devices would be installed for the entire subdivision.

Post-2006 subdivisions are recorded with a perpetuity statement, "Maximum Impervious Area Square Footage on each Individual Lot will be Stringently Enforced with no Exceptions into Perpetuity." Lots in these subdivisions are not permitted to deviate from the approved impervious on an individual lot basis. If there is no perpetuity statement, individual lot stormwater management may be permitted by application and installation of stormwater treatment. The application will be referred to stormwater staff for review and you will be invoiced $50 through the Portal.

Building permit applications are required to supply a plot plan which includes a scale drawing of the lot and the proposed impervious features (house footprint, driveway, sidewalks, porches, outbuildings, etc.).

Stormwater staff will contact the applicant to allow for revision of the plan or for potential deviation from the impervious requirement.

Stormwater Deviation Process

Permit Fee = $400

Permit Fee = $400

For recently recorded lots, the recorded plats should list the maximum allowable impervious area per lot. For older subdivisions, you will have to determine your zoning district. When searching for your property's zoning district, iMaps can be a helpful tool to determine this criteria. Simply locate your property by searching by owner, an address, or PIN number. Contact the Planning Department for Zoning questions.

Stormwater Control Measures may be installed when a residential site plan is allowed to exceed the maximum allowable impervious surface coverage on that lot. Small deviations can be mitigated by the applicant or homeowner; however, large Stormwater Management devices should be designed by qualified professionals. A few solutions are listed below; however, keep in mind that there are many different possibilities for stormwater management.

Refer to the NC DWR Stormwater Design Manual for detailed explanation.

  • Rain Gardens
  • Cistern (Irrigation Tank)
  • Rain Barrels
  • Infiltration Devices
  • Dry detention basins

Deviation requirements include:

Please contact a Plan Review Engineer with any Stormwater Deviation questions at 919-856-7400.

Falls Lake Single Lot Stormwater Requirements

If you are building a new home in the Falls Lake Watershed with over 1/2 acre of residential land disturbance and non-residential with over 12,000 sq. ft., you may need to apply for a Stormwater Permit to comply with the Falls Lake Stormwater Rules.

These rules apply to lots that are rural, i.e. outside a permitted subdivision, in an minor subdivision or existing subdivision without recorded impervious limits.

Apply through the Permit Portal for -

Permits / Watershed /Stormwater Management - Residential

 

 

Subdivisions

Wake County Subdivisions

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Tiered Process

Subdivision approval in Wake County is a tiered process that starts with the Planning Department. Environmental Services/Watershed Management staff reviews preliminary and construction plans for compliance with stormwater, erosion control and floodplain management. Environmental Services / On Site Wastewater reviews proposed subdivisions for well and septic capacity. 

1. Preliminary Approval - apply through the Permit Portal for Preliminary Subdivision

2. Construction Plan Approval - apply through the Permit Portal for Construction Plan

3. Final Plat Approval - apply through the Permit Portal for Plat Approval

Municipal Subdivisions

Requirements are specific to each municipal area

Please contact the appropriate municipal area for application requirements. 

Wake County issues land disturbance permits for Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon. You must have Plan Approval from the appropriate local government prior to Wake County land disturbance permit approval. 

Permits / Watershed / Land Disturbance

Wake County issues stormwater permits for Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon. You must have Plan Approval from the appropriate local government prior to Wake County stormwater permit approval.  Apply for the Wake County Stormwater Permit through the Permit Portal. 

Permits / Watershed / Stormwater Subdivision

Non-Residential Development

Wake County Projects

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Commercial Building Permit and Stormwater Construction Approval Needed

Non-residential permit approval in Wake County starts with the Planning Department; contact Planning Staff to schedule a pre-submittal meeting. Non-residential projects include townhomes, apartments, churches, athletic fields and other commercial developments. 

Environmental Services/Watershed Management staff reviews building permits and construction plans for compliance with stormwater, erosion control and floodplain management. Environmental Services / On Site Wastewater reviews proposed development for well and septic capacity. 

1. Commercial Building Permit - apply through the Permit Portal for Commercial Building Permit

2. Construction Plan Approval - apply through the Permit Portal for Construction Plan

3. Exempt Plat Approval - apply through the Permit Portal for Plat Approval

Stormwater requirements - as built survey, recordation of easements and stormwater agreement shall be completed prior to Commercial Building Permit completion.

Municipal Projects

Requirements are specific to each municipal area

Please contact the appropriate municipal area for application requirements. 

Wake County issues land disturbance permits for Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon. You must have Plan Approval from the appropriate local government prior to Wake County land disturbance permit approval. 

Permits / Watershed / Land Disturbance

Wake County issues stormwater permits for Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon. You must have Plan Approval from the appropriate local government prior to Wake County stormwater permit approval.  Apply for the Wake County Stormwater Permit through the Permit Portal. 

Permits / Watershed / Stormwater Non-Residential