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Ecosystem Enhancement Program - Stream, Wetland & Buffer Fee Info

Ecosystem Enhancement Program

EEP In-Lieu Fee Coordinator Contact Information

 

MITIGATION FEES

EEP uses a fee schedule to determine the payment amount required for EEP to fulfill compensatory mitigation requirements. Fees are based on the amounts and types of compensatory mitigation specified in the approved certifications or permits issued by the N.C. Division of Water Quality, as well as permits or authorizations issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, as applicable.  Click below to view fee information for the Statewide Stream, Wetland and Buffer Program or the Nutrient Offset Program.  All program fee tables are provided on the Schedule of Fees page.

 

 

Table: Statewide Stream, Wetland & Riparian Buffer Fees 

Fee CategoryCredit UnitFee per Unit
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(Higher Fee HUs)
Fee per Unit
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(Lower Fee HUs)
 Riparian Buffer square foot $1.05 $1.05
 Stream linear $374 $283
 Nonriparian Wetland acre $49,423 $25,416
 Riparian Wetland acre $68,502 $38,730
 Coastal Wetland acre $168,510 $168,510

Fees for wetlands are calculated in increments of 0.25 acres as required by state rules. There is a flat fee for each increment of 0.25 acres; as such, amounts less than 0.25 acres are invoiced at the quarter-acre fee; amounts between 0.25 and 0.50 acres are invoiced at the half-acre fee.


Application of fees:

Applicants who elect to use the In-Lieu Fee Program will be invoiced based on the fee schedule in place on the date EEP receives a complete permit package (404/401/CAMA, as applicable) from an applicant or applicant’s agent or the date of the acceptance letter; whichever is later. Invoices issued by EEP are valid for 60 days. If an invoice is not paid within 60 days of the date printed on the invoice, subsequent invoices will reflect the fee schedule in place on the date EEP issues a new invoice. Invoice extensions beyond the 60 day period may be requested by contacting the In-Lieu Fee Program coordinator. Payments based on expired invoices will not be accepted. Permits may require payment prior to the expiration date printed on an invoice.

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