Erosion and Sedimentation Control

The sedimentation of streams, lakes, and wetlands is a major pollution problem in North Carolina. In order to minimize detrimental impacts of sedimentation pollution related to land disturbing activity (development), the City of Charlotte has adopted a Unified Development Ordinance to regulate all privately-funded land development in its municipal limits. The goal of the program is to protect our community’s water resources by enforcing minimum control standards and providing outreach, education, and assistance about erosion control practices to the development community.

CMCSI Overview

What is CMCSI?

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Certified Site Inspector (CMCSI) program provides ordinance required training for construction site self-inspectors and other interested participants. Upon completion, a certification test is administered for the CMCSI designation. Certified individuals are recognized as having achieved the minimum competency requirement as outlined in the City's Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance and are qualified to perform NPDES log book entries for permitted construction sites within Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte.

If you have questions, please contact Daniel Stanford, Charlotte Storm Water Services, Erosion Control Coordinator, at or 980.748.1546.


CMCSI Seminar

Representing a cooperative effort between Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, this program offers an overview of Erosion and Sedimentation Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) and the self-inspection requirements as dictated by the NCGO1 permit and local ordinance. Upon completion, an optional certification test will be administered for those interested in becoming a certified Charlotte-Mecklenburg Certified Site Inspector.

Seminar topics:

  • How high-quality surface waters improve our community
  • Sediment and turbidity surface water quality impacts
  • Soil erosion and sedimentation control principles
  • Conventional and innovative Best Management Practices (BMP) installation and maintenance
  • Problem identification and developing proactive strategies
  • Local ordinances and State regulations
  • Erosion control self-inspection logbook maintenance

How do I become certified? 

To become certified, complete the online Charlotte-Mecklenburg Certified Site Inspector seminar and pass the test. The online class can take up to 5 hours to complete. You will be notified of your test result by email. Please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your results. 

How can I check my CMCSI status?

You can check your CMCSI status by searching in Accela Citizen Access.

From here there are the steps.
  1. Change the Tab from HOME to CMCSI.
  2. In APPLICANT NAME you will search each applicant using first or last name. 

You must enter it using (%NAME)

i.e., %FIRST or LAST NAME for yourself

  1. You will click on the record that matches your search results. This is only the case if there are multiple people with the same first or last name, otherwise it will skip this step.


4. You can view/download the certificate there.

For additional information please contact Dainel.Stanford at or980.748.1546.

Documents and Resources

Unified Development Ordinance

NC Self Inspection Combined Monitoring Form(PDF, 27KB) 

Accela Citizen Access

Erosion control policies and procedures(PDF, 6MB) 

Financial Responsibility / Ownership (FRO) Form(PDF, 161KB)

Example Property Owner Letter of Consent for ESC Plan and Land Disturbing Activity(PDF, 3MB) - Example Letter of Consent to be submitted along with the Financial Responsibility Form if the property owner is different from the financially responsible party.

Visit Flood Preparedness to learn more about floodplains. 

Habitat Assessment and Restoration Program (HARP) guidelines(PDF, 13MB) 

Mecklenburg County Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance 

NCG01 Ground Stabilization and Materials Handling Notes Sheet - PDF file(PDF, 193KB) | DWG file(DWG, 226KB)

NCG01 Self Inspection, Record Keeping & Reporting Notes Sheet - PDF file(PDF, 475KB) | DWG file(DWG, 241KB)

NPDES Permit (NCG010000) NCG01-General-Permit-20190401-DEMLR-SW.pdf(PDF, 11MB)

Visit Stormwater Regulations to learn more about Surface Water Improvement & Management (SWIM) ordinances. 

 Charlotte-Mecklenburg GIS geospatial portal

State and Federal Permits

The City of Charlotte requires that any necessary state and federal permits be included with a project's plan review submittal. The City also performs a field inspection for all rezoning requests and checks for wetland and stream presence on the property. This process helps ensure that a project's plans do not inadvertently violate another agency's regulations. We recommend that you or your wetland consultant contact the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding specific requirements.

Inspection Staff

Jay Wilson, CPESC
Erosion Control Administrator
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Jeff Bock, CPESC
Erosion Control Supervisor
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Patrick Storz, CPESC
Erosion Control Supervisor
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Jennifer Lee
Erosion Control Coordinator
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Nichole Mallams
Erosion Control Coordinator
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Peter Rodriguez
Erosion Control Coordinator
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Daniel Stanford
Erosion Control Coordinator
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Matthew Yankech
Erosion Control Coordinator
Charlotte Storm Water Services

Need to determine who your inspector is? Visit the Charlotte Explorer map and type in your project address. On the layer list, check the box for the Planning layers, and click the word "Planning" to expand that layer group. Then check the box to activate the Land Development - Erosion Control Coordinator layer. Zoom to your parcel location, and click on the parcel to identify the inspector for your project. If you have further questions contact CLT Development Center Customer Service at 704.336.6692.