Stormwater Control Measure (SCM) Surety

Last updated Feb. 14, 2018 - 4:40 pm

This process applies when a developer wishes to receive a site review permit for a site.  The purpose of the surety is to protect future homeowners and businesses in the event that a developer does not complete the stormwater devices and guarantees that the City will have the resources to complete the devices if necessary.


  • The SCM must be approved by Stormwater Engineers
  • Operations and Maintenance Manual must be approved by the Stormwater Engineers

Approvals or Permits Issued

Not applicable

Key Steps in the Process

A surety equal to 125 percent of the cost of construction for a post-construction stormwater control measure is required before a permit from the City is issued. The surety will ensure that stormwater control measures are installed and functioning in the event the you are unable to complete tasks required to account for land disturbances.

This surety will be released once the City has accepted the as-built certification after construction. However, if the amount of impervious surfaces for the bonded area exceeds 15 percent, the City may cash the surety.

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal

Location: Development Services - One Exchange Plaza, Suite 304, Raleigh, NC 27601
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Contact: Jonathan McNeill, Engineering Specialist at 919-996-3776 or

What to Bring:

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

Expected Processing Time

The process to set up a surety can take two - three weeks. To set up the surety and to ensure that a permit is received in a timely manner, call 919-996-3776 or email


There are no fees associated with this process.

Next Steps

After a surety is submitted, you should prepare a submittal package for your building permit.

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