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Permits & Fees
The Engineering Department is directly responsible for issuing permits and/or collecting fees for the activities listed below. Assistance is also provided by the department to citizens that are involved in securing permits from and/or paying fees to other departments and/or state and federal agencies, particularly those associated with water and sewer, transportation and traffic, or land development.

Driveways
Whenever a modification to an existing driveway or the construction of a new driveway connection to a public street is proposed it may be necessary to obtain a permit. The North Carolina Department of Transportation District Office should be contacted for all driveway connections to NCDOT State roads. The District office is located at 824 South Main Street in Graham. Telephone No. 336-570-6833.

The City of Burlington Engineering Department issues permits for modifications to existing driveways or for new driveway connections to City streets according to the land use of the property being accessed and the nature of the construction (street type) of the abutting street. (See Table below)

Permits may be obtained at the Engineering Department offices, Municipal Building 425 S. Lexington Ave, Burlington, NC 27215. Telephone: (336) 222-5050 A fee in the amount of $30.00 for residential driveway permits and $50.00 for commercial driveway permits is due and payable at the time the permit is requested.

Land Use Street Type Permit Required
Single Family / Duplex Residential Ribbon Pavement with side Ditches No*
Curb & Gutter with storm drainage Yes
All Others Ribbon Pavement with side Ditches Yes
Curb & Gutter with storm drainage Yes
*The Street Division of the City of Burlington Public Works Department, upon payment of the cost of the materials, will install at no additional charge driveway pipe under these circumstances. No permit is required.

Land Disturbing Activities
All land disturbing activities within Burlington’s jurisdiction that involve an area of one acre or more must meet all of the provisions of the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance. As a part of the application process for a land disturbing activity permit a fee must be paid according to the information presented below:
Disturbed Area Required Fee
Less than 1 acre No fee or permit required
1 to 2 acres $225
Greater than 2 acres $225 plus $60.00 per acre for each acre more than 2 acres, rounded to the nearest whole acre

Permits may be obtained at the Engineering Department office following the approval of an erosion and sedimentation control plan. The Engineering Department office is located in the Municipal Building at 425 S. Lexington Ave, Burlington, NC 27215.
Telephone: (336) 222-5050

Plan Submission Fees
Plan submissions for approval by City staff will now cost $50 for less than 10 sheets and $100 for more than 10 sheets beginning with the third submittal.

Reproductions of Drawings and Maps
The following information provides a summary of fees that are charged for the cost of reproducing drawings and maps that are available to the public. All requests for these reproductions should be directed to the Engineering Department, Municipal Building, 425 South Lexington Avenue, Burlington, N.C., 27215, Telephone: (336) 222-5050.

Reproduction Charges
Hard Copies
General Costs $0.30 per sq. ft.
Tax Maps / Plats $1.00 per sheet
Topographic Maps (1962) $2.00 per sheet
Aerial Photographs (1990) $3.00 per sheet
Aerial Photographs (1995) $5.00 per sheet
Topographic Maps (1996) Hard Copy $10.00 per sheet
Topographic Maps (1995) (1) Diskette $25.00 per sheet
Topographic Maps (1995) Compact Disk All 78 Sheets for $600.00