Current Rate Schedules

Current Rates

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Statewide Stream, Wetland and Riparian Buffer Rates

DMS uses a rate schedule to determine the payment amount required for DMS to fulfill compensatory mitigation requirements. Fees are based on the amounts and types of compensatory mitigation specified in the approved certifications or permits issued by the N.C. Division of Water Resources, as well as permits or authorizations issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, as applicable.

Once DMS receives issued permits from an applicant or applicant’s agent, the invoice can be issued.  Invoices for stream, wetland and riparian buffer credits are based on the rate schedule in place on the date the invoice is issued,  and are valid for 60 days. Subsequent invoices will reflect the rate schedule in place on the date DMS issues a new invoice. Payments based on expired invoices cannot be accepted. Permits may require payment prior to the expiration date printed on an invoice. Contact to request an invoice or update an existing one.  

Current Statewide Stream & Wetland Rates (through June 30, 2018)

Fee Category Credit Unit Rate per Unit
Click below for
(Higher Fee HUs)
Rate per Unit
Click below for
(Standard Fee HUs)
 Stream  linear foot $394 $300
 Riparian Wetland  acre $71,772 $40,580
 Non-Riparian Wetland  acre $51,782 $26,631
 Coastal Wetland  acre $560,000 $560,000

Please note, not all wetland credit types are available in all hydrologic units.  In instances when out-of-kind mitigation is offered as a condition of the acceptance, the corresponding rate schedule applies. 

Current Riparian Buffer Rates

Service Area Credit Unit

Rate per Credit

(April 1 - June 30, 2018)

Rate Class


Statewide Standard Service Areas (incl. Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, Goose Creek and Jordan Subwatersheds Haw and Upper New Hope) square foot $1.20 Standard
Randleman Watershed (in Cape Fear 03030003) square foot $3.30 Premium
Jordan Lower New Hope Watershed (in Cape Fear 03030002) square foot $3.30 Premium
Catawba square foot $2.00 Premium

Per 15A NCAC 02R (c), DMS calculates standard and premium watershed rates for the Riparian Buffer ILF program.  

Rate Adjustments 

Pursuant to 15A NCAC 02R .0402(f) the rate schedule for the DMS Statewide Stream and Wetland In-Lieu Fee Program shall be adjusted annually.  The next rate adjustment will become effective July 1, 2018 to reflect actual project and program costs.  

Pursuant to 15A NCAC 02R .0601, the fee schedule for the DMS Riparian Buffer Mitigation ILF Program shall be adjusted annually and evaluated quarterly. 

Nutrient Offset Rates

DMS uses the Actual Cost Method to calculate the rates for nutrient offset credits. The total payment is based on the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus buydown specified in the verification letter issued by local governments reviewing and approving the development project.  Nutrient Offset fees are adjusted annually and evaluated quarterly. 

Table: Nutrient Offset Fees Per Pound

Service Area Nutrient

DMS Rate (per pound)

(Through June 30, 2018)

Neuse basin 8-digit HUCs 03020202, 03020203 and 03020204  Nitrogen $13.22
Neuse – 03020201 outside the Falls Lake watershed  Nitrogen $21.34
Neuse - Falls Lake watershed  Nitrogen $12.78
Neuse - Falls Lake watershed  Phosphorus $200.00
Tar-Pamlico basin  Nitrogen $8.50
Tar-Pamlico basin  Phosphorus $212.61
Jordan Lake watershed  Nitrogen $127.26
Jordan Lake watershed  Phosphorus $389.87