Construction Stormwater

Stakeholder Meetings for the Renewal of the N.C. General Permit for Construction Activities

The N.C. Stormwater Program is renewing and updating the General Permit for Construction Activities (NCG01) this spring and summer. We have created a Discussion Draft of the NCG01 Permit for review and comment. In this draft, our goal was to provide better organization and clarity to the requirements for construction projects in North Carolina. We did not seek to make significant technical changes to the permit requirements. However, there are some updates to the permitting process.

A stakeholder meeting will be held on April 23 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm in the Archdale Building's Ground Floor Hearing Room. We are very interested in your input on how to improve this draft of the NCG01 permit.  Please bring your suggestions this meeting or submit your suggestions to Annette Lucas.

The agenda will be:

  • 1:00 - 2:00    Presentation on the renewal of the permit and Part I with time for stakeholder input
  • 2:00 - 3:00    Presentation on Part II with time for stakeholder input
  • 3:00 - 4:00    Presentation on Part III with time for stakeholder input


The planned schedule for the renewal process is:

  • May 7, 2018 Additional stakeholder meeting on updates to the manual and application process
  • By June 15, 2018   The draft permit will be published in the NC Register
  • By June 16, 2018   The notice of the permit renewal will be published
  • By July 31, 2018    The new permit will be issued

Program Background

All development projects in North Carolina that disturb an acre or more of land require an Erosion and Sedimentation Control (E&SC) Plan that has been approved by either the state or a local government with delegated authority. Once the plan is approved, the project has automatically been covered under a NPDES Stormwater General Permit NCG010000 for construction-related activities, provided that the ground stabilization and basin design requirements in the stormwater permit are included in the erosion and sediment control plan.  The previous construction stormwater permit was issued in 2011 by the then Division of Water Quality in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The division and department names have changed since that time. The reissued permit continues to reference the former division and department names as it was technically reissued with no changes. Please note that the permit is now administered by the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources. Any contact associated with the permit should be directed to the division’s regional office or central office staff.The state reissued the NCG01 construction stormwater NPDS permit effective Aug. 1, 2016. The permit was reissued with no changes from the previous permit and will remain in effect through July 2018. All construction projects previously covered by this permit will continue to have permit coverage and no further action is required of the permittee. Previously permitted projects must continue to abide by conditions of the permit until the construction project is complete.