Surface Water Quality

​Pollution Control Ordinances​

Additional enforcement remedies are ​also available, such as cease and desist orders and injunctive relief through the court system. State laws also prohibit illicit discharges and activities that cause the pollution of streams and lakes with penalties of up to $27,500 per day per violation.

​In the City of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County, the first steps for responding to a violation are notification, education and assistance. As soon as staff knows about a violation, the violator is immediately notified so they can stop the illicit discharge or violation. Staff will send a Notice of Violation that outlines the illicit discharge, the actions that must be taken by the violator to come into compliance, and the potential penalties for noncompliance. They will also offer education and assistance to help a violator come into compliance.

Revisions to the Stormwater Pollution Control Ordinances for Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte were recently adopted. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners adopted the County’s revised ordinance on May 19, 2020 and the Charlotte City Council adopted the City’s revised ordinance on May 26, 2020. All parts of the ordinances will take effect July 1, 2020 except for the prohibition against the use of high PAH sealants which will take effect January 1, 2021. The updated ordinances will be available soon through the links near the top of this page.