There are two fees for processing applications for an Approval to Construct, Modify, or Breach of a dam: 

Minimum application processing fee of $200.00

The minimum application processing fee is submitted when an application to construct, modify, or remove a dam is filed in accordinace with 15A NCAC 2K .0201

Additional application processing fee

Before Final Approval to Impound or Final Approval of Breach is granted, the additional application processing fee must be submitted with an Owner's Cost Certification form (MS Word, Fillable PDF) and accompanying documentation, along with the "As-Built" plans and the Engineer of Record's (EOR) Certification of Completion in accordance with 15A NCAC 2K .0215.

It is based upon following percentages of the actual cost of construction, enlargement or removal of a dam (A fee calculator is available in MS Excel to help determine the proper fees to submit): 

  • 2% of the actual cost between $10,001 and $100,000

  • 1.5% of the actual cost between $100,001 and $500,000

  • 1.0% of the actual cost between $500,001 and $1,000,000

  • 0.5% of the actual cost over $1,000,001

In no case, however, shall the additional application fee be more than $50,000.

Actual costs shall include all labor and materials costs associated with the construction or removal of the dam and appurtenances, but shall not include the costs associated with acquisition of land or right of way, design, quality control, electrical generating machinery, or constructing a roadway across the dam.


(Refer to § 143-215.28A. of Dam Safety Law of 1967 and 15A NCAC 02K .0222 of North Carolina Adminstrative Code, Title 15A, Subchapter 2K: Dam Safety