For information about the newly-established Stormwater Services Program, continue to the Information page here.


Drainage is a vital element in a coastal community. Positive, unobstructed drainage promotes the health, safety, and general welfare of our citizens, and safeguards the natural and man-made resources of the county.  Engineering has an Engineering Specialist dedicated to responding to drainage complaints and assisting property owners with drainage issues.  There is also a Capital Improvement Project in place to complete small scale drainage improvement projects that benefit property owners in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County.

For drainage inspections, contact Jerry May by email at, or by phone at 910-798-7129.


New Hanover County enacted a Stormwater Ordinance on September 5, 2000. The Stormwater Ordinance was revised and incorporated into the Unified Development Ordinance in December 2022. The ordinance covers stormwater management as well as drainage concerns within the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County. All development requiring stormwater management controls must have plans and specifications submitted for review and approval. Please contact the Engineering Department for assistance with stormwater or drainage questions. Additional information can be found below:

Development in New Hanover County is also subject to the North Carolina Coastal Stormwater Regulations, enforced by the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). Additional agency approvals may be required. Check the NCDEQ website to determine applicable regulations.

Note: New Hanover County does not control or regulate stormwater within the City of Wilmington, the Town of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, or Wrightsville Beach, or stormwater conveyances along North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) roadways.

For stormwater permits, please contact Galen Jamison, PE, by email at, or by phone at 910-798-7072.

Coast Development Portal » Coming Soon!

Stormwater Services Information

10,000 square feet up to 1 acre
1 acre to up to 10 acres
10 acres up to 50 acres
50 acres & more
$10 per acre
Revisions & Request to Change Ownership
Stormwater Exemptions
No Fee
Engineering: 230 Government Center Dr, Suite 160 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7139 • Fax 910-798-7051
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