Local Permitting Authority

In December 2003, PWC initiated its delegated Local Permitting program. In accordance with applicable North Carolina State Statutes, PWC has been given the authority to issue permits for the construction of new water and sewer lines, as well as pump stations. This authority extends to those systems that will not be owned, operated, or maintained by PWC.

Water Systems
For those water systems that have a master meter with PWC, and that system is owned, operated, and maintained by another entity, and that entity does not have its own Public Water Supply Identification number (PWS ID), PWC has the authority to permit any water extensions/expansions for that system. For example, under this scenario, PWC would be the permitting authority for Fayetteville State University, Methodist College, Kelly Springfield, Eastover, etc.

However, if the entity has a PWS ID number, owns, operates, and maintains its system, the water permit is reviewed and issued by the State. Therefore, PWC would not permit any water extensions/expansions by Brookwood-Lagrange, Spring Lake, Fort Bragg, or within the Town of Stedman. However, since PWC has an operation and maintenance agreement with the Town of Stedman, PWC will review all plans for water extensions, prior to being sent to the State for permitting.

For those systems owned, operated, and maintained by PWC, PWC will be the permitting authority.

Sewer Systems
For those areas or intergovernmental agencies that have wastewater collection systems that are tied to the PWC system and have a flow meter to measure the amount of waste being delivered to the PWC system, any extensions within those areas are to be permitted by the State. However, prior to submitting the application to the State, PWC will need to issue a flow acceptance letter for the additional flow. This situation applies to Hoke County, the Town of Stedman, NORCRESS, Eastover, etc. For those systems that PWC has operation and maintenance agreements with, PWC will review all plans for the proposed sewer extensions, prior to being sent to the State for permitting.

For those areas that are within PWC’s service area that own, operate, and maintain their sewer system, discharge to the PWC system, and do not have a flow meter, PWC will be the permitting authority. These will be the “private” systems, such as Methodist College, Fayetteville State University, mobile home parks, etc.

For those systems owned, operated, and maintained by PWC, PWC will be the permitting authority.

The following situations must be permitted by the State, regardless of ownership:

a. Outfalls into a basin where sewer service has not yet been provided;
b. Low pressure sewer systems or STEP systems;
c. Projects involving Environmental Assessments; and
d. Any collection system where a variance from State regulations is required.

All other projects not meeting the above criteria need to be permitted through the State of North Carolina. For further information: sewer permits | water permits

Should you have any questions regarding permits for your project, please call (910) 223-4730 or e-mail.