FAQs

Drainage issues should be reported to Jeremiah May by email at jmay@nhcgov.com, or by phone at 910-798-7129.

Sediment and erosion control issues should be reported to Beth Wetherill by email at bwetherill@nhcgov.com, or by phone at 910-798-7432.

A Land Disturbing Permit is required when:

  • More than one acre is to be disturbed.
  • A permit has previously been issued on the property or project and additional land disturbance activities are planned
  • A parcel or project is less than one acre but is part of a larger project (i.e. common plan of development)

A Land Disturbing Permit provides protective measures to vulnerable areas in developments against accelerated (man-made) erosion and sedimentation that damages adjoining properties, streams, and other water resources of the state.

Yes, unless it is a city or county-owned project.

New Hanover County is not allowed to issue permits to entities who have powers of eminent domain (the right to condemn property), or to projects that use local, state, or federal funds. These projects are permitted through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). They can be reached at 910-796-7215.

A Land Disturbing Permit can be obtained from New Hanover County Engineering. Please complete the Application for a Permit for a Land Disturbing Activity and submit it to Beth Wetherill at bwetherill@nhcgov.com.

A permit application for land disturbing activity may take up to 30 calendar days to review upon receipt of a complete application package. All plans and calculations submitted will be reviewed prior to either issuing a permit or issuing a request for additional information. Additional reviews will be completed within 15 calendar days.

Residential Subdivision

  • Review Fee: $200 paid at time of application, includes initial and second review
  • Land Disturbance Fee: $150 per lot, paid at the time of plat recordation
  • Subsequent Reviews: $200 each, for each review after the second review
  • Modifications: $200
  • Name Change: $200
  • Transfer of Ownership: $200

All lots must be in the limits of disturbance and have erosion control measures.

Commercial Development

  • Review Fee: $200, paid at time of application, includes initial and second review
  • Land Disturbance Fee: $400 per acre disturbed, paid at the time of Certificate of Occupancy
  • Subsequent Reviews: $200 each for each review after the second review
  • Modifications: $200
  • Name Change: $200
  • Transfer of Ownership: $200

Other

  • Review Fee: $200, paid at the time of application, includes initial and second review
  • Land Disturbance Fee: $400 per acre disturbed, paid at time of application
  • Subsequent Reviews: $200 each, for each review after the second review
  • Modifications: $200
  • Name Change: $200
  • Transfer of Ownership: $200

A Land Disturbing Permit is valid while the site is active or for a period of one year if no land disturbing activity is undertaken. For more information, please contact Beth Wetherill by email at bwetherill@nhcgov.com, or by phone at 910-798-7432.

Failure to obtain a Land Disturbing Permit may result in $5,000/day fines and/or criminal penalties.

A Stormwater Permit is required when:

  • There will be an accumulation of 10,000 square feet or more of impervious surface area on a parcel.
  • A site with an existing Stormwater Permit is to be redeveloped or expanded

No, the county does not issue Stormwater Permits within the city limits. Please contact the City of Wilmington at 910-341-5856.

No, the county issues an Authorization to Construct (ATC) Permit based on a county Stormwater Permit for water quantity. Development within New Hanover County may also require a state Stormwater Permit for water quality.

No, wetlands permitting is handled by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

New Hanover County does not currently have a funded stormwater utility. Drainage work completed on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.

The New Hanover County Engineering Department does oversee small, beneficial drainage improvements projects within the unincorporated areas of the county, outside the city limits.  For more information, please contact Jeremiah May by email jmay@nhcgov.com, or by phone at 910-798-7129.

The Engineering Department is located in the Development Services Center, Suite 160 within the New Hanover County Government Center located at 230 Government Center Drive.

Enter the building through the south entrance located closest to Home Depot and go through the automatic glass doors to your right. For deliveries, please visit the main desk or ask for an Engineering representative to meet you at the entrance to the building.

Engineering: 230 Government Center Dr, Suite 160 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7139 • Fax 910-798-7051