Erosion Control

Land-disturbing activities are a major sign of a growing community. The City of Monroe has been delegated the authority of issuing grading permits for such activities on sites that are located within the jurisdictional limits of Monroe, including the City’s extraterritorial jurisdictional areas. Sites disturbing areas equal to or greater than 12,000 sq. ft. (commercial) or one acre (residential) must obtain a grading permit and post a bond.  A performance bond will not be required until after the bond estimate has been verified.  In accordance with the City of Monroe Ordinance 0-2011-12, the performance bond can be submitted in the form of a certified check, cash, or an irrevocable letter of credit.  Work must be completed, inspected, and approved by the Engineering Department before the performance bond can be released.  No plan will be approved until the performance bond has been received.  Alternatively, no erosion control plan is required for construction of single-family residential developments disturbing a total of one acre of land or less (Single Lot Residential ESC Installation and Maintenance Agreement) and commercial developments disturbing less than 12,000 square feet of land (NON-Residential ESC Installation and Maintenance Agreement); however, an ESC Installation and Maintenance Agreement is required.

Initial items needed to begin the plan review process:

• An itemized bond estimate is required along with plan submittals.  The estimate should cover the installation of all the erosion control measures shown on the plan, as well as all the costs of protection or other improvements required to establish protective cover on the site in conformity with the ordinance.

• 7 sets of plans and 1 digital copy

• 2 copies of calculations

• Fees: Please visit the following link to the City of Monroe Fee Schedule Section IV 

Erosion Control Plan Checklist 07.06.02.       UPDATED MAY 2015

Erosion Control Financial Responsibility Form   UPDATED APRIL 2011

Items needed after a Letter of Approval has been issued and construction activity has begun:
Certification Form 1-01: Primary Erosion Control Inspection Form
Certification Form 1-06: Final Erosion Control Acceptance Form
Certification Form 1-07: Intermediary Erosion Control Acceptance Form


Additional Resources:

City of Monroe Chapter 158: Erosion Control-Code Ordinance  Updated June 2011

City of Monroe Standard Specifications and Detail Manual    03.08.01 and 03.13.02 updated May 2015

North Carolina Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources– Erosion and Sediment Control

US Army Corps of Engineers-Wilmington District

United States Environmental Protection Agency

International Erosion Control Association

NPDES requirements under the North Carolina General Permit NCG010000:  Construction Activities

Self Inspection & Monitoring Form    Updated April 1, 2019

Construction NPDES Stormwater General Permit NCG01 Permit    Updated April 1, 2019

Construction Stormwater:  Notice of Intent (NOI)

Construction NPDES Stormwater General Permit NCG01 Fact Sheet    Updated April 1, 2019