Stormwater Management Sections
The Public Works Department's Stormwater Management Division administers the City of Raleigh's Stormwater Program. Stormwater management is a state and federally mandated program requiring the City of Raleigh to reduce pollution in its waterways. The program is entirely funded by stormwater fees based on the total amount of impervious surface on residential and commercial properties located in the City of Raleigh. The most recognized impervious surface areas are the roof top of buildings, driveways, sidewalks and parking lots to name a few.
Raleigh City Council maintains budgetary control over the Stormwater Program. The Stormwater Management Advisory Commission (SMAC) provides guidance and policy recommendations to the City Council regarding stormwater related issues. The SMAC is comprised of 10 citizens who are appointed by the City Council. The Stormwater Management Division staff carries out the directives and the policies of the SMAC and City Council. The Stormwater Management Division is comprised of seven sections. Each section is responsible for specific tasks related to stormwater management.
Stormwater Division Management Team
The Public Works Department's Stormwater Management Division is overseen by one Division Head / Program Manager.
Stormwater Business Service Section
The Business Service Section is the primary point of contact for customers requesting stormwater information, fee questions, requesting credits, and reporting drainage complaints. They administer the City's Drainage Assistance Policy which helps private property owners with issues involving structural flooding and severe erosion.Information on the Stormwater Utility Rates
Stormwater Infrastructure Projects Section
The Infrastructure Projects Section analyzes, designs and oversees the construction of stormwater devices and structures identified in the City's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).Learn more about Stormwater Infrastructure Projects Section
Stormwater Quality Section
The Stormwater Quality Section coordinates Raleigh's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Phase I program. The section focuses on water quality which includes collecting and analyzing surface water for contaminants, locating and eliminating illicit discharges, implementing engineering practices to improve the quality of stormwater runoff, and educating citizens on pollution.Learn more about Stormwater Quality Section
As Raleigh continues to grow, the need for solving stormwater challenges such as flooding and severe erosion has also grown. In order to protect and improve the quality of life in the community, the drainage complaints/drainage assistance section, will provide more efficient implementation of approved and future stormwater drainage assistance projects.Learn more about Drainage Assistance
Stormwater Mapping Section
The Stormwater Mapping Section locates and maps stormwater structures in the City's 180 square mile jurisdiction. This section assists other City departments with maintenance of the City's public drainage system (typically located under public streets).Learn more about Stormwater Mapping Section
Stormwater Engineering Section
The Engineering Section reviews plans for all development within the City of Raleigh for compliance with City, State, and Federal regulations. They also respond to inquiries from citizens, property owners, realtors, lenders and developers requesting determinations as to whether a specific property is affected by the Floodplain.Learn more about Stormwater Engineering Section
Stormwater Inspections Section
The Stormwater Inspections Section enforces the City's Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance, Flood Prone Area Regulations, Stormwater Control and Watercourse Buffer Regulations.Learn more about Stormwater Inspections Section
Your Stormwater Fee Working For You
Questions about the Stormwater Management Division call 919-996-3940 or via email.