The Lincoln County Natural Resources Division within the Department of Soil & Water Conservation administers the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program within Lincoln County, including such activity within the jurisdiction of the City of Lincolnton. The program operates under the Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and the Land Quality Section of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources which enforces the requirements of the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973 on a statewide basis.
Lincoln County Natural Resources Division will regulate certain land-disturbing activities as described in the ordinance to control accelerated erosion and sedimentation in order to prevent the pollution of watercourses and other public and private property by sedimentation. Sediment is one of the most common and harmful pollutants in Lincoln County watercourses and wetlands. Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of erosion and sedimentation for the protection, welfare and safety of Lincoln County citizens and the environment that we live. Please use this general guide as a rule of thumb before any land disturbance:
Any land disturbance less than one acre but more than 1,000 square feet requiring a building permit must complete an Erosion and Sediment Control Application.
Any non-residential land disturbance of 20,000 square feet or greater requiring a building permit must have an approved erosion control plan.
Land disturbance of one acre or more must have an approved erosion control plan.