Erosion & Sediment Control
On Monday October 10, 2022 Gaston County Natural Resources will begin accepting online erosion control and stormwater plan submittals through the Citizen’s Self Service Portal (CSS). We will continue to accept permit applications and plans in person or via mail until November 4th, 2022. Beginning November 5th, 2022, submittals will only be allowed through the Citizen Self Service Portal. An account with Gaston County will be required to submit plans and supporting documentation, access permit status, and access inspection reports. We ask that you use this time to get accounts established. Any application you have in our current process will be allowed to continue.
For Erosion Control and Stormwater plan submittals, the Financially Responsible Owner (FRO) must create the account and submit the plans online along with all supporting documentation. Additional contacts associated with the plans can be added during the submittal process. However, all correspondence, notifications, and inspection reports regarding the submitted plans will only be accessible to the FRO.
Any FRO currently working on projects within Gaston County that does not have an account with Gaston County will need to create one to access permits and inspection reports, as all existing and active projects have been merged into the new Energov system. The account registration can be completed online at Citizen's Self Service. If you have questions regarding this process, email Jonathan Boerger or call 704-922-2150.
As is already the process for Gaston County and the municipalities located in Gaston County, for any project that needs a zoning permit prior to obtaining a building construction permit, that process should be completed first. Beginning November 5th you must have a zoning permit or a letter from the municipality where your project is located that allows Gaston County Natural Resources to accept your application and begin our permitting process.
Service Requests or Complaints
In order to better determine how we can help you with your stormwater or erosion concerns, please review the Stormwater or Erosion Complaints (PDF) regarding how such issues are handled according to the statute. In most cases, damages incurred by a property owner as a result of stormwater or erosion control violations is a civil matter between the parties involved.
Please visit the Mediation Center of the Southern Piedmont for more information about settling civil matters.
E&SC Planning and Design Links
Erosion & Sediment Control Forms & Applications
**If you, or your entity, are applying for permitting and are not the Landowner of Record, submit a signed and notarized letter from the Landowner authorizing you, or your entity, to apply for land disturbing permits along with the application submittal.
Erosion & Sediment Control Fees
$300 non-refundable plan review processing fee for each acre of disturbed land or any part of an acre of disturbed land
(including off-site borrow and waste areas). No processing fee will be charged for a revised plan unless the revised plan contains an increase in the number of acres to be disturbed.
Example: 1.0 acre = $300.00
1.1 acre = $600.00
Single family lot less than 1 acre fee: $30