Stormwater Quality Cost Share Program

An affordable way to make your home or business more sustainable and beautiful!

Last updated Aug. 28, 2017 - 1:41 pm
  • Cisterns are just one type of project that may qualify for funding assistance.
  • This backyard rain garden improves the quality of stormwater runoff.
  • Permeable pavement allows stormwater runoff to soak into the ground.

Are you looking to capture the stormwater runoff that comes from your property? This program can help you complete stormwater quality projects at your home or business that will capture and clean rainwater by mimicking nature and absorbing pollutants before rainwater goes into storm drains and local waterways.

Here are eight easy steps that will help reduce the amount of pollution that reaches Raleigh’s streams while making an affordable investment in the environment and your property.

Participating in the Program

Any property owner who pays the City’s stormwater utility fee is eligible to apply for this program.

Participation in this program cannot be used to meet regulated stormwater requirements or to receive utility fee credits from the Stormwater Management Division. These projects also are not suited for treating major off-site drainage problems.

Participants may receive a lower utility fee based on how much the device decreases the property’s impervious area (or areas that don't allow stormwater to soak into the ground). 

Choosing Your Project

Most stormwater quality practices that capture and treat stormwater will be considered for funding. Here are some great options to choose from:

  • Rain gardens;
  • Permeable pavement and pavers;
  • Cisterns;
  • Disconnecting downspouts;
  • Green roofs;
  • Pavement removal;
  • Stormwater wetlands; or,
  • Tree wells.

Before deciding on a project and applying for funding, contact the Stormwater Management Division for a consultation at 919-996-3940 or

Get Ideas for Your Project

Applying for Funding

After meeting with Stormwater staff to review potential projects, please complete necessary application forms. Questions about required application information can be directed to the Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or Please allow extra time to review applications that require additional information to complete the approval process.

What you Save

Participants may receive 75 to 90 percent reimbursement for their project based on available funding and project cost. Projects in high-priority areas are likely to receive 90 percent reimbursement since it is in an area that is significantly impacted by water pollution and requires more immediate attention.

(Please note: Funding support may not include removing existing impermeable pavement to replace with permeable pavers or structural support for green roofs.)

Find Out How Much You Can Save - Enter in your address to see if your project is within a priority area (receiving 90 percent reimbursement) or outside a priority area (receiving 75 percent reimbursement).

Getting Approval

There is a three-step approval process for this program. Projects are reviewed by:

  1. Stormwater Management Division
  2. Stormwater Management Advisory Commission (SMAC)
  3. Raleigh City Council (final approval).

Starting Your Project

After a project is approved, participants are asked to share the final design of their project with Stormwater staff before it is installed, allow Stormwater staff to observe construction, agree to maintain the project for 10 years, and submit annual reports during this time to track the condition of the project to make sure it is working properly. 

Stormwater staff can answer questions about choosing a project vendor or contractor, aspects of City-planned projects, and requirements for a land-use restriction record for projects receiving $30,000 in funding. 

Receiving Reimbursement

Participants will receive reimbursement for their project after it is installed and reviewed by Stormwater staff.

How We Can Help

Contact the Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or to discuss project ideas and learn more about the application process for this program.


Video above:

Funding a Rain Garden

There are many ways that Raleigh residents can capture and use rainwater to positively impact the environment and the community. Watch as Lory Willard explains how residents and businesses can participate in the City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Quality Cost Share Program, which offers funding for installing affordable and sustainable stormwater management options that reduce pollution to Raleigh’s streams and lakes. This is the first video in a three-part series.

Other videos:

Planting a Rain Garden

In order to make a positive impact on the environment while educating its congregation about stormwater management, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church installed a 500-square-foot rain garden that captures stormwater runoff from its property. Watch as Father Jemonde Taylor explains why his congregation chose to install a stormwater device at the church and how the City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Quality Cost Share Program made the project possible. This is the second video in a three-part series.

Constructing a Rain Garden

From design to installation, there are many steps to installing a rain garden. Watch as Christy Perrin, from Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), shares how the stormwater project at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church came to life with the help of several community partners, including City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Quality Cost Share Program. This is the third video in a three-part series.

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