Durham County North Carolina Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond

Durham County Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond

In Durham County, North Carolina, the Code of Ordinances requires any developer whose project disturbs more than five acres of land to provide a sedimentation and erosion control plan and post the Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond prior to receiving a land disturbing permit. This permit bond serves as a financial guarantee from Jet Insurance Company to Durham County that the project will be completed by the developer in accordance with the approved erosion control plan.


At Jet we cut out the middlemen who slow down the process and cost you more in the form of fees and commissions. Jet is a direct surety carrier, which means we can get your Erosion Control Bond faster and for less money, without the brokers and agents.

What Is the Lowest Price for the Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond? 

At Jet, the Durham County Erosion Control Bond starts as low as $100. Cost will depend on the total bonding amount required by the county and the bond amount is based on acres of land disturbed. Durham County determines the bonding amount by multiplying $4,000 times the number of acres of land disturbed.

At Jet, you can count on getting the best price for your bond, more quickly, and on payment terms that work for you and your business needs.

Can Jet File the Bond to the County of Durham for Me?

Oh yeah, Jet will do this for you! Once you purchase your bond, Jet will ship the original bond to Durham County’s Erosion Control Division to be filed. We always send a copy for your records right after purchase.

If you would like the original bond mailed directly to you we can arrange that upon request. Please note the bond must be filed with Durham County at the following address:

Durham County Engineering Department
c/o Sedimentation and Erosion Control Officer
120 East Parrish St., 1st floor
Durham, NC 27701

Can I Cancel My Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond and Get a Refund?

Hell to the naw. The Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond is considered continuous until released after final inspection of improvements, so the bond cannot be cancelled at any time by the developer or Jet.

How Can I Avoid a Bond Claim?

If Durham County identifies discrepancies during construction or in final inspection that the developer is unable or unwilling to fix, or the project is abandoned by the developer, the county may process a claim against the surety bond directly with Jet, possibly levying civil penalties as well. In this event, Jet will thoroughly investigate the validity of the claim and defend you as much as possible in the circumstances. If you believe the County is coming at you fraudulently, then send over all related documentation to Jet quickly.

If the claim is deemed valid, Jet is obligated per the Code of Ordinances to pay the claim up to the total sum of the bond. The surety bond acts as a line of credit, and the developer is responsible to reimburse Jet for the amounts paid on the developer’s behalf. The developer is responsible for their actions, and will need to reimburse Jet to reinstate their bond, along with their land disturbing permit with Durham County.

What Is the Purpose of the Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond?

Durham’s Code of Ordinances exists to enforce regulations that mitigate the negative effects of uncontrolled sedimentation: pollution, damage to waterways, and wildlife endangerment. Erosion control plans exist to ensure that improvements by contractors and developers establish protective cover on disturbed land, control the velocity of runoff, and prevent off-site sedimentation. The County uses the Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond, in accordance with Section 3.8.2B(3) of the Durham Unified Development Ordinance, to demonstrate fiscal responsibility to protect the County from developers who disturb more than five acres.

More specifically, the bond is intended to ensure there is a financial means to repair or complete a project, in the event a developer abandons a project or does not follow proper erosion control procedures. Jet carries the fiscal responsibility as a third party to reimburse the County for expenses required to repair the issue. The County does not want to be in charge of repairs or project contracting; it’s not something they have much experience with!

How Does the Application Process Work With Jet?

For smaller projects with bond limits below $15,000, the application can be completed in minutes online. Once you have completed the process, the original bond will be mailed to Durham County for filing, and a copy will be made immediately available to you. 

For bond amounts above $15,000, your application will start with some basic business information being submitted online. After a short review, Jet requires more information to determine eligibility and price. Once you pay your premium through our secure online system, your receipt and bond copy will be available to you.


How Do I Renew My Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond? 

The Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond and the associated land disturbing permit are written to cover a two-year duration (and an additional six-month extension can be granted upon request). Extending beyond the first two years would require renewal of the Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond with Jet.

At Jet, the Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond is available in one-year, two-year, and even three-year increments. Should a project extend beyond its term, Jet will notify you via email months before your renewal date. Jet will also refund your premium on a pro rata basis for the portion of the premium not used, after the first term of the bond.

Are There Other Bonds That a Developer in Durham County Needs? 

The State of North Carolina has various licensing requirements for contractors in the field, and developers should be aware of the licenses and associated surety bonds. Other North Carolina construction bonds can be found by clicking here.


Durham County North Carolina Sedimentation and Erosion Control Bond