Soil Erosion and Sedimentation goes far beyond being unsightly on roads and in streams. Sediment is the number one pollutant in streams, rivers and lakes in NC. When sediment fills water courses and reservoirs, valuable habitat for fish and other wildlife is adversely impacted. Sedimentation can have far-reaching effects, including lowering property values, increased electricity costs, reduction in water quality, etc.

The objective of the Guilford County Soil Erosion Control Section is to enforce Soil Erosion Control regulations in Jamestown, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Whitsett and unincorporated Guilford County.


For more information please contact us:

Department Director J. Leslie Bell (336)641-4409
Soil Erosion Control Chief Earl Davis (336)641-3803 (O)
(336)669-1720 (M)
Soil Technician James Tardiff (336)641-2259 (O)
(336)669-7134 (M)
Soil Technician Khadijah Hasan (336)641-5471 (O)
(336)601-8925 (M)


Planning & Development
Independence Center
400 W Market Street
P.O. Box 3427   Greensboro, NC 27402
(336)641-3334 (T)  (336)641-6988 (F)

Are You Applying for a New Residential or Commercial Building Permit?

Please read carefully to see if your project involves any of the following:

  • Land-disturbing activities that exceed one acre or more within a tract of land.
  • Grading activities within Tier 1 or Tier 2 of the Watershed Critical Area (WCA).
  • Include a permanent runoff control structure within the WCA.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you need a grading permit. Failure to secure a grading permit can result in enforcement actions including fines, civil penalties, stop work orders, and a hold on certificates of occupancy.

Have questions? Please contact the Erosion Control Staff at (336) 641-3803.