Stormwater Drainage Cost Share Program
Financial assistance for drainage concerns
The City of Raleigh Stormwater Utility has a program to assist citizens and property owners with existing stormwater drainage concerns such as flooding and severe erosion. The Raleigh City Council has established a drainage assistance program to provide cost-sharing assistance for engineering design and construction of the improvements. The property owner(s) must be willing to provide the necessary easements to construct the improvements and share in the cost of the repairs.
Eligible projects include those involving:
- street and structural flooding
- severe erosion
- failing drainage infrastructure
- drainage contribution from a public street or other City property
Program Eligibility Requirements
1. Any landowner of subdivided and developed property, including residential, commercial or public entities, who pay the City's stormwater utility fee, is eligible to request drainage improvements.
2. The land must receive stormwater runoff from a public street or other City property.
3. Qualifying projects include those involving street and/or structural flooding, severe erosion, and clogged pipes due to inadequate or failing drainage infrastructure.
Cost Share Funding Options
|Share Options||Property Owner||City|
|Street Flooding AND
|Street Flooding AND
|Dredging||Provide Material Disposal||Remainder of Costs|
*Costs for each property owner are capped at $5,000
City funding contributions will be limited to the most cost efficient project solution.
Process for Requesting Drainage Assistance from the City
If you have a qualifying drainage problem affecting your property including flooding and/or severe erosion and would like to petition for the City's drainage assistance, please contact the Stormwater Utility office at 919-996-3940 or via email.
Stormwater Utility staff will contact you to arrange for a visit to your property to further evaluate the nature and scope of the drainage problem and to determine if your case would be eligible for the City's drainage assistance program.
If the drainage issue affecting your property such as flooding or severe erosion is determined to be eligible for drainage assistance, staff will prepare a proposal outlining the envisioned drainage improvement project and your estimated cost share along with the City's share.
Property owner financial contributions to improvements are capped at $5,000 regardless of the total costs of the qualifying drainage improvement project.
Subject to available funding, petitioner projects are then ranked and prioritized then presented to the City's Stormwater Management Advisory Commission (SMAC). The SMAC reviews projects twice each calendar year (once in the spring and once in the fall) and makes recommendations for City Council consideration. The City Council may approve, deny, hold for future consideration, or request additional information concerning the drainage petition request.
Approval and Next Steps
Upon approval by the City Council, drainage assistance projects next move into the design and regulatory permitting phase once a 10% deposit is made to the City by the petitioner. The design and permitting phase of projects typically requires from six to nine months unless there are unusual or very challenging project parameters. Once design and permitting are complete then projects move into the construction phase.
The property owner is required to keep in good repair and condition the improved drainage system or watercourse.
Contact Stormwater Utility at 919-996-3940 or email