Sediment Erosion Control Surety

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This process applies when a developer wishes to receive a permit for land disturbing for a site either through a Mass Grading Permit or a Site Permit.  The purpose of the surety is to protect downstream property owners from erosion in the event work stops on the site and the applicant is no longer able to maintain Erosion Control measures.  The surety will cover permanent stabilization for the disturbed area permitted.


Applicant must determine the size of the land disturbance in acres (surety is based on a unit price per disturbed acreage)

Approvals or Permits Issued

Not applicable

Submittal Requirements

Type Description
Required for Submittal

Submit the Surety Agreement to the Stormwater Management Division:

Location: Development Services - One Exchange Plaza, Suite 706, Raleigh, NC 27601
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Contact: Jennipher Lubik at 919-996-3507 or

What to Bring:

  • Example Development Surety Agreement 
  • Sealed engineer's cost estimate
  • Example Letter of Credit

Additional Information

What You Need to Know About Sureties

If 12,000 square feet or more of land disturbance is proposed, a stabilization surety is required for the total disturbed acreage as identified on the submitted plans. 

This surety is equal to the cost of clearing, grubbing, and reseeding a site and shall be paid to the City before the grading permit is issued. The surety will ensure that stabilization is achieved throughout the disturbed areas in the event the you are unable to complete tasks required to account for land disturbances. 

The surety will be assessed using the following criteria:

$1,000/acre of land disturbance rounded to the nearest 1/10 acre

(Example: If the land disturbance equals 1.12 acres, the surety is $1,100)

The stabilization surety will be released once the site is stabilized with a sufficient amount of ground cover to prevent erosion or permanent mowable planting with 100 percent coverage and 80 percent growth with no large bare patches. 

A certificate of completion is required in both cases. The City may cash the surety if the site discontinues maintenance on-site or if the site is issued a violation notice.

Learn About Raleigh's Guidelines for Land Disturbing Activity

Expected Processing Time

Within three weeks, an executed Development Surety Agreement from the City of Raleigh.


There are no fees associated with this process.

Next Steps

Stormwater Tracking permit or Final Site Review based on amount of disturbed area



Ben Brown, PE
Stormwater Administrator

Lead Department:
Engineering Services
Service Categories:
StormwaterLand / Site DevelopmentPermits - Commercial



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