Governing Law and Regulations
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Energy, Minerals, and Land Resources (DEMLR) Land Quality Section Stormwater Permitting Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. North Carolina is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for wastewater discharges, including stormwater discharges associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems. The state generally follows the federal stormwater permit rules for MS4s. See the national section STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for more information on the federal municipal stormwater requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DENR's Stormwater Permitting Program administers the state stormwater management program and the federal NPDES stormwater management program for stormwater discharges associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in North Carolina.
15A NCAC 02H.0126
Regulated entities that own and operate an MS4 must obtain coverage under an MS4 permit by submitting a Small MS4 application and preparing a Comprehensive Stormwater ...