Public Notice

Public Notice

Information About New Flood Maps and Flood Ordinance Changes

06.13.2018

Brunswick County is considering adopting new flood maps and amending the County’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

FEMA regularly updates Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) using studies to improve the maps and ensure their accuracy. The last maps FEMA approved for our area were adopted in 2006; since then, FEMA has worked to study and improve these maps. Now that FEMA has approved updated maps, Brunswick County can adopt them and continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

To view the current effective maps or the preliminary maps on the State’s website, visit the Flood Risk Information System (FRIS) – Flood Maps, which will automatically show the current effective maps. To view the preliminary maps, in the top right corner of the page, click on “Effective” and change to “Preliminary.” This will allow the viewer to see the maps being adopted on August 28, 2018.

Brunswick County will be scheduling a public hearing about these changes, and a public informational workshop will be held on July 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the County Commissioners Chambers, at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia, NC.

For more information about the proposed changes to the Flood Maps and the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, click here.

Stormwater Ordinance

Water Sewer Details

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Design Manual

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Stormwater

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Forms

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Brunswick County Stormwater Ordinance

Brunswick County Stormwater Ordinance

The stormwater ordinance became effective Sept. 16, 2002. The unincorporated areas of the county are subject to the ordinance. The county also has agreements in place to administer the Stormwater Ordinance in Belville, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, St. James and Sunset Beach.

The ordinance and accompanying Stormwater Management Manual outline how stormwater runoff must be addressed for all new development and redevelopment in the county.

A county Stormwater Permit is required for:

  • All non-residential new development.
  • Non-residential redevelopment that increases impervious surface on the site.
  • Residential development that disturbs greater than an acre.
  • Residential developments where the site will be graded, filled, or excavated and thereby change the elevation of a location by more than four inches.
  • Residential development or any related disturbance within 30 feet of the banks of a natural stream or water body.

Stormwater Fee Schedule

Stormwater Permit Application Forms

Low Impact Development

In conjunction with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Brunswick County developed a Low Impact Development (LID) Guidance Manual to encourage the use of innovative stormwater management techniques. A resolution along with the LID Guidance Manual was approved by the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners on November 3, 2008. A LID spreadsheet modeling tool to aid engineers, planners and developers with design and permitting the LID projects was also developed as part of the initiative.

For questions, contact Brigit Flora, PE, Stormwater Engineer.

Stormwater Drainage

The Stormwater Ordinance requires individual property owners to maintain all streams, creeks, ditches, swales, pipes, culverts, etc. that are on the private property. The county does not provide maintenance of drainage ways. (Article VI, Division III, Section 3.4)

Fences or walls shall not alter or impede the natural flow of water in any stream, creek, drainage swale or ditch. Drainage easements must be maintained and kept free of obstructions.

Other Agencies

The county does not control stormwater conveyance along North Carolina Department of Transportation roadways.

Development in Brunswick County is also subject to the North Carolina Coastal Stormwater regulations enforced by NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Other agency approvals may be required. Contact NCDENR to determine application regulations.

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Contact

75 COURTHOUSE DRIVE
BUILDING I

(910) 253-2500
engineer@brunswickcountync.gov
stormwater@brunswickcountync.gov
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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