In Jackson County, North Carolina, the Unified Development Ordinance requires any property owner/developer whose project disturbs five acres of land or more to obtain a surety bond prior to receiving building permits. The bond amount is determined by the number of acres disturbed, at a rate between $500 and $5,000 per acre, and guarantees that the project will be completed in accordance with the county’s erosion control plan.
Jet is streamlining the surety bond process to cut out the middlemen who slow down the application process and cost you more for your bond in fees and commissions. Jet is a direct carrier, so we will be with you throughout the application, the life of your project, and the release of the bond. We even help defend you in claims, should they arise.
At Jet, the Jackson County Erosion Control Bond starts as low as $100. The bond’s cost is a function of the total permit amount, based on acres of land disturbed. Per the Unified Development Ordinance, surety bond coverage will be between $500 and $5,000 per acre of disturbed land. Prices are shown below for applicants with preferred credit scores.
When you buy your bond with Jet, you can count on a team that values your time as much as you do. We get you your bond with minimal red tape, at a low price, and get you back your business.
Absolutely! Jet ships the original bond to Jackson County’s Permitting & Code Enforcement Department as soon as you complete your purchase and check out. We will also send an electronic copy to you for your records at the same time.
When you buy with other carriers, they ship the bond to you at your expense, then leave the final shipment to the County up to you. You pay for shipping twice! We don’t like that at Jet, so we changed it.
Of course, if you would prefer to have the original bond in your hands and take care of shipment to Jackson County, that option is available at checkout. Just make sure all of the required paperwork is delivered to Jackson County at the following address, so that it is properly filed:
Jackson County Permitting & Code Enforcement
401 Grindstaff Cove Road, Suite 145
Sylva, NC 28779
If you decide to cancel the bond, a written notice must be sent to Jet. We will then send a cancellation request to Jackson County. There is a 30-day cancellation period in which the bond will remain active for 30 days following the official date of the certified mailed notice. Please note that the building permit will immediately be revoked if the bond is not in force, and will not be reinstated until another surety bond is in force.
If for some reason you choose to cancel your bond prior to commencing permitted work, Jet can refund the premium payment once Jackson County releases Jet’s liability. Otherwise, bond premium will not be refunded.
As described in the Jackson County Unified Development Ordinance, landowners can avoid claims against their surety bond by completing development projects within the county’s standards and the approved sediment control plan. Violations of the sediment control standards are communicated by the Jackson County Director of Code Enforcement. Jackson County will invoke their right to the surety bond if there is no correction 90 days after a notice of violation is posted. This should provide ample time for landowners to correct the issue and avoid a bond claim.
Landowners in Jackson County are also subject to civil penalties for violations of the sediment control plan, up to $5,000 per infraction, or $25,000 total. In order to avoid claims and civil penalties, landowners must build in accordance with the permit approved by the county, and adhere to the standards of the sediment control plan.
If Jackson County sees no resolution to permit violations or infractions of the development code for 90 days, the county will process a claim against the surety bond directly with Jet. In this event, Jet will thoroughly investigate the validity of the claim.
If the claim is valid, Jet must pay the claim up to the total sum of the bond. The surety bond acts as a line of credit, and the landowner is responsible to reimburse Jet. The landowner is responsible for their actions, and will need to reimburse Jet to reinstate their bond, along with their building permit with Jackson County.
The Permitting and Code Enforcement Department is charged with executing Jackson’s County’s Unified Development Ordinance, pursuant to the comprehensive Land Use Plan 2040. The county uses the Erosion Control Bond as a guarantee that landowners who disturb land in the county act in accordance with the county plan to control erosion and sedimentation.
More specifically, the bond is intended to ensure financial means to repair a project, in the event a landowner begins a project that disturbs land but does not follow proper erosion control procedures. The surety bond guarantees the county will be reimbursed for expenses required to repair the issue. The county does not want to be in charge of repairs, it’s not something they have much experience with!
Jet streamlined the application process so you can get your bond in minutes, completely online, by providing some basic information and payment. For smaller projects with bond limits below $15,000, the application can be complete in minutes. Once you have completed the process, the original bond will be mailed to Jackson County Permitting and Code Enforcement for filing, and a copy will be made immediately available to you.
With higher dollar value bond limits (above $15,000) Jet will ask for some amplifying business information. After a short review, Jet will then send you a quote for your review.
The Erosion Control Bond is intended to cover the duration of a single land development project, but will need to be renewed if a project extends beyond the first year.
Should a project extend beyond its first year, 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.
A developer in Jackson County doesn’t need additional permit bonds but some contractors on the job, such as landscape, irrigation, and electrical contractors, are required to hold a bond for their license. Check out other North Carolina construction bonds by clicking here.