Post Construction Ordinance & Requirements

Post Construction Requirements

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Stormwater Program is an effort to preserve, protect and improve the nation’s water resources from polluted runoff. The program requires Burlington and other municipalities to obtain a federal stormwater permit. The City of Burlington’s permit was issued July 1, 2005.

A requirement of the Burlington permit was the adoption of a post construction stormwater ordinance. The ordinance follows the N.C. Division of Water Quality’s Stormwater Model Ordinance and the Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual, and was adopted by the Burlington City Council June 19, 2007.The ordinance was effective July 1, 2007, and affects all new development and redevelopment of one acre or more. A brief summary of the Stormwater Regulations for New Development has been developed as a guide.

These may be viewed at:

A stormwater permit fee of $420 was established by City Council on August 7, 2007.

At the February 5, 2008 City Council Meeting this fee was increased to $505.00, effective March 1, 2008.

An Administrative Manual has been developed to facilitate submittal and review of development plans with respect to the Phase II Post-Construction Stormwater requirements.

Stormwater O&M Inspection Reports

The City of Burlington requires operation and maintenance inspection reports to be submitted for all structural BMPs on an annual basis. Additionally, stormwater BMPs must be periodically inspected per the frequency specified in the recorded operation and maintenance agreement for the facilities. The City of Burlington has developed stormwater BMP inspection reports are available below:
Annual Inspection Cover (Required for all)
Dry Extended Detention Basin 
Filter Strip, Restored Riparian Buffer and Level Spreader 
Grassed Swale 
Infiltration Basin 
Infiltration Trench

Permeable Pavement
Proprietary Device
Rainwater Harvesting
Rooftop Runoff Management  
Sand Filter
Stormwater Wetland 
Underground Detention System
Wet Detention Basin 

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the City’s stormwater manager at 336-222-5091.