Stormwater Control Measure (SCM) Annual Inspection
Annual SCM Inspections
Per the Town’s Phase II Stormwater Ordinance, all stormwater permits within Town limits are required to have an Operations and Maintenance Agreement for all SCMs (Stormwater Control Measures) formally called BMPs. The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that each SCM receives adequate maintenance so that it can satisfactorily perform its pollutant removal function. The agreement also designates the responsible party that will be accountable for maintaining the SCM. It serves as a legal document to ensure routine maintenance that outlines specific activities that should be completed for each SCM.
This Agreement requires that each SCM be inspected by a N.C. Registered Professional Engineer on an annual basis. State and local regulations require an annual inspection of all structural SCM(s) to ensure the proper function of these structures. This inspection will focus on key structural components, sediment capacity, and maintenance practices.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Trotman at the Planning and Development Department at (828) 419-9300, option 4.
SCM Inspection Amendment
At their December 2021 meeting, the Town Council voted to amend the Phase II Stormwater Ordinance to allow Single Family Residences (SFRs) and duplexes on single taxlots to submit an SCM inspection by a professional engineer or landscape architect every three years. Town Staff will inspect SCMs on properties with a SFR or duplex in the off years.
All other properties (commercial, residential developments with HOA, residential developments with shared SCMs) will still be required to submit an engineer or landscape architect SCM inspection annually.
Annual SCM Inspection Form
The Town does not endorse any specific stormwater SCM inspector but those on the following list are qualified to complete the annual inspections.
Listing of Local SCM Inspectors