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Sediment and Erosion Control
Sediment is one of the most common and most harmful pollutants in Charlotte-Mecklenburg creeks and lakes.
Where does erosion come from?​

Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinances in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County require that a certified individual be on-site to conduct mandatory weekly site inspections where land is being disturbed or developed.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Certified Site Inspector (CMCSI) training and certification are offered for those involved in construction and related professions. The seminars address the permits and inspections required under the various local sediment and erosion control ordinances.

Start of erosion 

Register for CMCSI classes

Additional requirements must be met in the Goose Creek and McDowell Creek Watersheds because they are Critical Erosion Control Areas.

Report construction erosion problems

Ordinances, Policies and Manuals

Mecklenburg County Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinance 
The Mecklenburg County Ordinance is enforced in Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, Pineville and unincorporated areas of the County.

Town of Davidson Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinance

Town of Mint Hill Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinance​

City of Charlotte Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinance  

Policies and Procedures
Official guidelines for interpreting and administering the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinances. 

For more information about sediment and erosion control in the City of Charlotte, visit
City Land Development.

For information about erosion control in the six Towns, refer to the County Land Development Standards Manual. (Applies to Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville and their ETJs.)