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The Commissioners hold their Regular Meetings on the first Monday of every month, starting at 3 pm, and the third Monday of every month, starting at 6 pm; if either of those Mondays are a holiday, the Commissioners will meet the Tuesday immediately following. Regular Meetings begin with the Invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, public discussion and administrative items (Closed session is held at the end of the meetings). Meetings are held in the Commissioners' Meeting Room in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building.
Occasionally, the Commissioners will call a special meeting, to discuss matters that cannot wait until the next meeting. Notice of these meetings will be sent to the media, sent to residents on the Sunshine list, and posted on the county's website. These meetings will be held at the time stated in the notice.
All of the Commissioners’ meetings are open to the public. The Commissioners may move to a conference room for a private, or Closed, Session to discuss certain confidential matters (including discussing certain personnel matters or discussing pending legal matters with the County Attorney). However, all action (voting) is taken in open session. You are welcome to attend any meeting, and to wait until the completion of Closed Session discussions.
Each Regular Meeting has a public comment period, during which anyone can address the Commissioners with questions or concerns about county business. We ask that you sign in before you speak (there's a sheet next to the agendas, near the entrance to the meeting room) so the Clerk can make sure she has the correct spelling of your name. You can view the Public Comment Policy online before the meeting. Additionally, some meetings have public hearings for specific issues. The public hearings are similar to a public comment period, but pertain to one topic. If you wish to provide a handout, please bring at least 8 copies, so we can share them with the Commissioners and county staff. If you would like to present an agenda item, there are additional requirements.
Paper agendas for the meetings are always available near the entrance to the Commissioners' Meeting Room on the night of the meeting. Agendas may also be viewed online. Agendas are typically available online the Friday before the meeting.
If you would like to know what happened during a previous meeting, you may view the minutes from that meeting. Please note that minutes must be approved by the Commissioners, so they are typically not available for at least a month after the meeting.
No. Any registered voter in North Carolina may vote an absentee ballot by mail by submitting a North Carolina Absentee Request Form (PDF) or submitting a request via the online absentee ballot request portal.
No, a new absentee ballot request must be submitted for each election. The law does allow for annual absentee ballot requests only if there is a sickness or physical disability.
Yes. The law allows a near relative or legal guardian to request a ballot for you. A near relative is defined as a spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild. Any person may request an absentee ballot for a voter who needs assistance due to a disability.
When requesting a ballot for another voter that will not be mailed to their residential address, the address must be entered in the ‘Other’ address line. Only the voter is allowed to change their residential and/or mailing address.
A wet ink signature is not required for an absentee ballot request. However, the signature must be unique to the voter and must be readable. Voters may use a pen, or their finger, stylus, or mouse for the signature if they have the capability. Voters may not use a service such as DocuSign that inserts a typed or cursive font signature that is not made by the voter.
No, photo ID is not needed for you to request a ballot.
You will be required to provide a copy of an eligible photo ID with your voted ballot, or if you are unable to provide a copy of a photo ID, complete and return the Photo ID Exception form which comes inside your ballot packet.
Organizations may send blank absentee request forms. These forms are likely valid forms if they do not have any pre-filled information. If you receive an absentee ballot request form that you did not request and you do not want to vote an absentee ballot, you can simply recycle the unsolicited mail.
The form may be returned by the voter, the voter's near relative or verifiable legal guardian, a Multipartisan Assistance Team, or if the voter needs assistance due to a disability, any person may return the request form, according to the voter's instruction:
By law, the ballot must be mailed.
Any registered voter may request assistance from a Multipartisan Assistance Team (MAT). A MAT is a group appointed by a county board of elections to assist voters in facilities with mail-in absentee voting. Complete this form to request a Multipartisan Assistance Team visit to your facility.
A voter who needs assistance due to a disability and is a patient or resident in a covered facility may receive assistance from any person they choose, including the staff of the hospital, clinic, nursing home, or rest home where they are a patient or resident.
Yes. You may still vote in person as long as you did not return your absentee ballot. Your absentee ballot will be spoiled after you vote in person. The unused absentee ballot should be torn in half and recycled. It does not need to be returned to the board of elections.
No. The returned ballot envelope is specific to each voter and must contain that voter’s ballot.
You may only return someone's ballot if they are a near relative. A near relative is defined as your spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, or legal guardian. Any person may return the ballot, according to the voter's instruction, if they need assistance due to a disability.
An absentee ballot can be returned in person to the board of elections office or to an in-person early voting location by the voter or the voter's near relative. When a ballot is delivered in person, it must be logged by an election official.
On Election Day, ballots may only be hand-delivered to the board of elections office. The ballot must be received by 7:30 pm on election day.
No, you do not have to wait in line. Inform a precinct official that you are there to return an absentee ballot and they will escort you to the Help Desk.
Postage for the return ballot is $1.63.
County Boards of Elections will contact voters when there are deficiencies with their absentee ballot. You should provide your phone number or email address on the request form in case the county board needs to contact you.
We encourage voters to carefully read and follow the instructions that come with the ballot. We also encourage voters to request and return their absentee ballot as early as possible to ensure time remains to correct any issues. If an issue arises and you are unable to successfully cast an absentee ballot, you may still vote during the in-person early voting period or on Election Day.
If someone has voted an absentee ballot and then shows up to vote in person, the check-in system will alert the poll worker that the person has already voted.
The record of an absentee ballot request, as well as the actual absentee ballot, are attached to the voter's record. If a voter submits multiple absentee ballot request forms, they will still only receive one ballot because both requests are attached to a single voter record. Once a voted absentee ballot is returned, it is recorded on the voter's record. The record of a returned ballot is reflected on the poll book at one-stop early voting locations as well as on election day. If a voter appears that has already cast an absentee ballot, their record will indicate such, and the voter will not be issued a regular ballot.
Trained county board staff review each executed container-return envelope the office receives to determine if there are any deficiencies. The initial review is conducted by staff to expedite the processing of the envelopes.
If the required fields (voter signature, witness signature/address or notary information) are completed on the envelope, the ballot is tentatively approved and held until the next board meeting when the board will officially approve the ballot. The ballots are then opened and scanned into a tabulator. Once scanned, the ballots are sealed in locked security bins. The results from the scanned ballots are not known until the scanner is closed on election day. Ballots are secret by law and others will not know who you voted for.
No. Once your voted ballot has been accepted by the board of elections, you may not change or cancel your ballot.
The law does not require that the voter's signature on the envelope be compared with the voter's signature in their registration record. See the excerpt below from Numbered Memo 2021-03 (PDF):
County boards shall accept the voter's signature on the container-return envelope if it appears to be made by the voter, meaning the signature on the envelope appears to be the name of the voter and not some other person. Absent clear evidence to the contrary, the county board shall presume that the voter's signature is that of the voter, even if the signature is illegible. A voter may sign their signature or make their mark.
The law does not require that the voter's signature on the envelope be compared with the voter's signature in their registration record. Verification of the voter's identity is completed through the witness requirement. See also Numbered Memo 2020-15 (PDF), which explains that signature comparison is not permissible for absentee request forms.
Find information about campaign finance, including the most recent version of the Campaign Finance Manual, on the State's website.
Within ten days of one of the following:
Yes. All candidates are required to open a committee.
The full list of rules can be found in the Campaign Finance Manual (PDF).
Exceptions: A candidate, the candidate's spouse, and state, district or county political party executive committees may make unlimited contributions.
Contributions made in the name of another are prohibited.
Yes. All committees must keep accurate records of contributions and expenditures regardless of whether the committee filed over or under the $1,000 threshold. If the threshold is exceeded, full disclosure of activity will be required. Be mindful that money spent from your personal funds count toward the threshold and must be tracked.
No. It is required that campaign funds be maintained in a bank account that is used exclusively by the political committee. Many banks will require that you obtain an EIN number from the IRS to open the account. EIN numbers can be obtained by going to the IRS website or calling 800-829-4933.
If a candidate purchases $400 in signs for the committee using personal funds, that amount would be recorded on two separate forms.
The reasoning behind reporting the amount as both a contribution and a disbursement is to recognize the value of the transaction even though funds did not flow through the bank.
Yes. Anonymous contributions are prohibited. If you hold a fundraiser and sell hot dog plates for $5 and drinks for $1, you must have the name, address, and phone number of each person who buys a plate or a drink and keep track of how much money they give.
There are several ways an existing voter can make changes to their voter registration record.
If a resident has lived in Brunswick County for 30 days prior to the election and misses the voter registration deadline, they may go to any early voting site to register and vote the same day. The individual will be required to provide acceptable proof of residence before they can become registered. The Notice to Same Day Registrants (PDF) provides more details, including a list of acceptable proof of residence documents. Same-day registration is only available during one-stop early voting; it is not available on election day.
To remove your own registration, use the Voter Registration Cancellation Form (PDF).
To remove a voter due to death, please download and complete the Notification of Deceased Voter Form (PDF). This form may only be completed by a near relative or personal representative of the deceased voter's estate.
Either of these forms can be returned to our office via mail, faxed to 910-253-2618, or by email to the Board of Elections.
Pursuant to N.C.G.S. section 163-82.10 and Chapter 132 of the General Statutes, the State Board of Elections is required to make most voter information available to the public. All voter registration information is public record except for full or partial social security numbers, dates of birth, driver's license numbers, the identity of the public agency at which the voter registered under N.C.G.S. section 163-82.20, and the email address of a military-overseas voter. Additionally, your signature may only be viewed by the public and cannot be copied or traced.
Note: Third parties often access and use publicly available voter registration data for various purposes, and the agency has no authority to control their use of publicly available information.
According to N.C.G.S. section 163-82.10(e), a voter's address will be kept confidential if a registered voter submits to the county board of elections either 1) a copy of a 50B protective order; 2) a restraining order; or 3) a current and valid Address Confidentiality Program authorization card issued according to the provisions of Chapter 15C of the General Statutes, along with a signed statement that the voter has good reason to believe that the physical safety of the voter or a member of the voter's family residing with the voter would be jeopardized if the voter's address was open to public inspection. To find out whether you are eligible to have your information withheld from the public under the Address Confidentiality program, please visit Address Confidentiality, NCDOJ.
Once sample ballots are available for an election, you can find yours by looking up your voter record. You can also obtain a copy of your sample ballot on our website or by calling our office and asking that we mail one to you. You may mark your sample ballot ahead of time and carry it into the voting booth with you.
The Board of Elections provides a list of filed candidates along with campaign finance information. Please note that our office does not compile additional information about these candidates. To learn more, you can:
To be eligible to vote in a municipal election, the voter must live in that municipality for at least 30 days before Election Day.
Section 2 of the NC Constitution provides that you must reside in an election district for 30 days preceding an election to be entitled to vote. Because those in unincorporated areas do not reside in a municipal district, they are not eligible to vote in that district.
Yes. Unaffiliated voters in North Carolina may vote in primary elections. Unaffiliated voters may choose to participate in any recognized party's partisan primary, or they may request a non-partisan ballot. However, the voter must choose only one party's primary. Participating in a partisan primary will not affect your status as an unaffiliated voter. The partisan choice does carry over to a second primary if one is called. If you request a non-partisan ballot, you will only vote for those contests that are non-partisan (i.e. judicial contests, referenda, etc.).
Party affiliation only determines what you see on your ballot in a primary election.
Absentee voting is initiated by a request for the ballot. In North Carolina, a voter is not automatically sent a ballot in the mail, it must be requested. Thus, in NC we have absentee voting. Alternatively, vote by mail is a term typically used to describe a system in which all registered voters receive a ballot in the mail.
A provisional ballot is offered to voters when there are questions about:
Provisional voting is a mechanism by which a citizen is guaranteed the opportunity to cast a ballot in the event that such questions have been raised. In that case, the citizen is permitted to cast a provisional ballot, which is held aside pending research into the issue to be resolved. Findings are presented to the county board members, who make final determinations. Election results are not finalized until all provisional ballots that are eligible have been included in the total count.
Provisional voting is fail-safe voting. State law mandates that each person who presents to vote be given that opportunity, whether by regular or provisional ballot. In no circumstance will a voter be turned away.
Yes. Voters in the act of voting may wear political attire when in the act of voting. Once the act of voting is complete voters should exit the polling place immediately and remain outside the buffer zone.
The buffer zone is an area surrounding the entrance to the polling place inside which electioneering and loitering may not occur. The buffer zone is set anywhere from 25-50 feet surrounding the entrance and will be clearly marked at each polling place.
In any election, if any voter is able to travel to the voting place, but because of age or physical disability and physical barriers encountered at the voting place is unable to enter the voting enclosure to vote in person without physical assistance, that voter will be allowed to vote in the vehicle conveying that voter.
Curbside voting is available at all voting sites during the one-stop absentee voting period and on election day. Voting sites will have signage indicating curbside voting and will also have a curbside alert system. An election official will come to the vehicle to obtain the voter's name and address. Before a ballot is issued to a curbside voter, the voter must swear an oath affirming his or her qualification to use curbside voting.
The same rules apply to both the driver and passengers. All persons wishing to vote curbside must sign an affidavit stating they cannot enter the polling place due to age or physical disability.
North Carolina law allows for any voter to receive assistance in entering or exiting a voting booth as well as preparing a ballot, as long as the person providing assistance is a member of the voter's immediate family. NC law defines an immediate family member as one of the following: spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, child, grandchild, mother- or father-in-law, son- or daughter-in-law, stepparent or stepchild.
The law further stipulates that some voters can receive aid from a wider range of helpers. If a voter satisfies any of the conditions below, they are eligible to receive help from any person of their choice, with the exception of the voter's employer or union representative, or an agent thereof. Those are:
Any voter who qualifies for and requests assistance while voting at a One-Stop (early) voting site is entitled to the same assistance as voters who vote on Election Day.
Extensive state-mandated logic and accuracy testing is performed before each election to verify the integrity of installed software and to ensure that the system is recording votes correctly. Additionally, the system uses paper ballots. Every voter uses the scanning machine to cast a paper ballot, regardless of whether the voter hand-marks the ballot or prints it from the ballot marking device. That original paper ballot is retained throughout the process and remains the official record of the vote.
Your vote is not officially cast until after you see the "Your vote has been recorded" screen on the scanner after inserting your ballot. At that point, it is no longer possible for you to make any changes. However, if you change your mind before you cast your ballot, you can change your selections. When using the ballot marking device, a ballot review screen appears before you print your ballot. This screen lists all the choices you have made and lets you know if you missed voting in any race. From this screen, you can return to any contest on the ballot and change your selections, if you wish. If you want to change your ballot selections after you have hand-marked or printed your ballot, you can ask a poll worker to "spoil" the ballot and issue you a new ballot up to three times.
It is your decision and right to choose not to vote in any race. If you are hand-marking the ballot, simply skip the race(s) you do not wish to vote in. If you are using the ballot marking device, just select the Next button to move forward past any race you want to skip.
If you are hand-marking your ballot and mark more than the permitted number of votes in a race, the scanning machine returns your ballot, and the touchscreen displays a message indicating any races that have too many choices marked. You may request a new ballot to mark, or touch "Cast the ballot as is." If you choose "Cast the ballot as is," your vote will not count in that race. If you are using the ballot marking device, the system does not allow you to select more than the permitted number of votes in a race. The touchscreen displays an error message and prompts you to select only the permitted number.
After you insert the ballot into the scanning machine and the ballot is scanned, you will see the "Your vote has been recorded" screen, and an audible chime sounds. This lets you know your vote has been cast and counted.
No, your vote cannot be lost once you have scanned the ballot with the scanning machine and you see the "Your vote has been recorded" screen. Your vote is stored in three separate places, and all data is protected and cannot be lost in the unlikely event that the system fails. In addition, both the voting device and the scanning machine have built-in power back-up systems, so they will still function even if the main power supply fails.
Yes. Every voter uses the scanning machine to cast a paper ballot, regardless of whether the voter hand-marks the ballot or prints it from the ballot marking device. That original paper ballot is retained throughout the process and remains the official record of the vote.
No. The County Attorney cannot provide legal services to private citizens. However, the following organizations may be helpful to citizens in seeking legal representation and/or answers to general legal questions:
Legal Aid: 910-763-6207
You can contact the following organizations:
View the county ordinances, or you can contact the Clerk’s Office to receive a copy.
The County Manager is Steve Stone.
You may contact the County Manager's office by mail (P.O. Box 249, Bolivia, NC 28422), by telephone (910-253-2000 or 800-442-7033), by fax (910-253-2022), or by emailing the County Manager's Office.
The County Manager's office is located on the third floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia. The physical address is 30 Government Center Drive NE, Bolivia, NC 28422.
Our normal office hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm, except for holidays.
Brunswick County observes New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (two days) and Christmas (three days). View this year’s holiday calendar.
Our job openings are viewable online. You can also sign up to receive email notifications when new jobs are posted.
The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ current meeting schedule is available online. Anyone can speak during the public comment period of an agenda with questions or concerns about county business. If you would like to place an item on the agenda, it should be sent to the Clerk’s Office in advance. View more information about speaking during a meeting.
You can call the Clerk to the Board at 910-253-2017, or you can contact the County.
Brunswick County has many county boards and committees, that help with conducting county business. If you are interested in serving on a board or committee, you can complete an application for appointment.
You can view a list of all county departments and offices, with links to their website pages, including location and contact information. If you are not sure which department or office you need, you can look under “Visitors,” “Residents” or “Business” in the menu at the top to find information arranged by category. Administration also serves as a referral source for citizens, businesses, organizations, and other governmental agencies. Office personnel can direct individuals to the proper department or agency; call 910-253-2000 or 1-800-442-7033.
The County Manager's office responds to complaints regarding services provided by county departments and will assist in the resolution of problems by working with the appropriate department. You may email the County Manager's Office or call 910-253-2016. You may also submit a request for information or assistance, or suggest an improvement to county facilities, procedures and policies, using the electronic form.
Copies of county ordinances are available for inspection in the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners office.
The 2015 population for Brunswick County, North Carolina is 122,765, according to the Census figures.
You can view tax rates for Brunswick County and its municipalities.
In North Carolina, the County Attorneys provide legal advice and assistance to the Board of Commissioners and County staff. They do not serve as public defenders or provide legal advice or assistance to members of the public. If you are seeking an attorney, you may contact Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear at 910-763-6207 or 1-800-672-9304.
The District Attorney’s Office may be reached by calling 910-253-3910. The Clerk of Court’s Office may be reached by calling 910-253-3900.
Information regarding Jury Duty may be obtained by calling the Clerk of Court’s Office at 910-253-3900.
You can view the court calendars or call the Clerk of Court’s Office at 910-253-3900.
To report a green road sign in a non-municipal area that needs to be repaired or replaced, please contact Joel Willis, Sign Shop Technician, at 910-253-2528 or online. For the repair or replacement or state road signs, contact the North Carolina Department of Transportation at 910-754-6527.
Roads in Brunswick County are classified as either state roads, municipal roads or private roads. There are no county roads. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) paves and maintains all state roads. Contact the NCDOT at 910-754-6527 for more information related to state-maintained roads. Private roads are the responsibility of the owner/developer or property owners.
Private roads are the responsibility of the owner/developer or property owners. To petition the NCDOT to take over the maintenance or pave a private road, the property owners along the road would have to petition the NDCOT to add it to the state’s system. To obtain a petition and instructions for submission, contact the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners at 910-253-2018.
Brunswick County does not require a business license to operate in the unincorporated areas of the county. However, the state of North Carolina and individual municipalities may require some type of license or permit, and you must check with them to find out any regulations or requirements they may have.
Questions about Section 8 Housing should be directed to the Public Housing Office at 910-253-2222.
You can view hours and locations for the Solid Waste Convenience Sites, Recycling Centers, and the C&D Landfill.
To find out your pickup day, call Waste Industries at 910-253-4177.
Contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Office at 910-253-2520 or 888-445-2502 to set up residential garbage collection. To sign up for residential recycling collection, contact Waste Industries at 910-253-4177.
You can obtain a voter registration form online or at many county-wide locations, or by contacting the Board of Elections office at 910-253-2620 or 1-800-822-5986.
Visit the Central Permitting Data website or call the Building Inspections office at 910-253-2050.
Marriage licenses are issued by the Register of Deeds Office. For more information, call 910-253-2690 or 1-877-625-9310.
You can obtain a certified or uncertified copy of a vital record filed in Brunswick County in person or by mail at the Register of Deeds Office. There is a fee for the copies.
To obtain a vital record of a person of another county, or to order a copy of a North Carolina birth (1913 to the present), marriage (1962 to the present) or death (1930 to the present) record on file, contact the North Carolina Vital Records Section.
Passport applications are accepted in the Register of Deeds Office. For more information, call 910-253-2690 or 1-877-625-9310.
The county does not have a bidder's list. All advertisements for bids are listed on our website or advertised in the local newspapers (Brunswick Beacon, State Port Pilot or Wilmington Star News). You can also sign up to receive email notifications when new bid advertisements are listed on the county website.
No. The closest Social Security Administration office is located at 1528 South 16th Street in Wilmington, NC. You may contact that office by calling 1-866-964-6227 or 1-910-815-4733.
A "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) Order allows the patient, or patient's representative, to refuse CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) attempts when the patient has stopped breathing and/or the patient's heart has stopped beating. The DNR Order, written by the physician on a special form, instructs healthcare providers to withhold CPR.
Patients, or their representatives, may request a DNR Order from the patient's physician.
The DNR Order can be used anywhere in North Carolina - in the hospital, at the patient's place of residence, or anywhere in between.
A DNR Order applies only to CPR. This does not mean that all other care stops. Emergency Medical Services and other health care providers will continue to provide all other appropriate care. If the patient is dying, every effort will be made to make the patient as comfortable as possible, such as measures to stop pain or ease breathing. If the patient requires transportation or treatment other than CPR, Emergency Medical Services will provide such services.
The patient has the right to control his or her medical care, including whether or not to have a DNR Order. If the patient is not able to make health care decisions, the patient's representative may make health care decisions on behalf of the patient. The patient, or the patient's representative, has the right to ask questions and receive answers about DNR Orders from the patient's physician and to discuss the patient's wishes regarding a DNR Order with family, friends, ministers, a lawyer, etc. The patient, or the patient's representative, may revoke (cancel) a DNR Order at any time. The patient, or the patient's representative, and the physician will decide the date on which the DNR takes effect and the date it will expire. A DNR Order must be re-authorized at least once a year.
Both the physician and the patient, or the patient's representative, must agree that a DNR Order is appropriate before the physician will write a DNR Order. A DNR Order must be signed by a physician.
No. Advance directives such as a Living Will or Health Care Power Of Attorney are directions written by an individual about his or her health care wishes. A DNR Order is an order written by the patient's physician. A DNR Order may be based on an advanced directive, if the patient has a written one. But a patient who has not written an advanced directive may still have a DNR Order.
Sometimes the patient, family, or friends may want to call EMS because the patient's condition has worsened or because transportation or other emergency care is desired. When the patient's condition has worsened, it may be very hard for family and friends not to call EMS, even when they know the patient does not want CPR. If the patient and family discuss this situation in advance with the patient's providers and a plan is agreed upon, everyone may feel better when the situation arises. If transportation is needed, EMS should be called even though there is a DNR order. If possible, tell EMS of the DNR Order when a call is made. In all cases, present EMS with the original DNR Order upon their arrival.
Contact Brunswick County EMS at 910-253-5383 or your private physician.
At the time of application for a building permit. All non-residential water and sewer capital recovery fees are calculated in Brunswick County Engineering and provided to the applicant and the County Utilities Consumer Service Department.
Contact Engineering to speak with a staff member to discuss your particular area and to obtain details about current County programs for the extension of water and/or sewer service.
No. All streets and roads are either privately owned and maintained, municipal streets, or are public rights-of-way maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). See more information.
Yes. A county stormwater permit is required for non-residential development. Residential development that meets certain criteria may require a county permit as well. See more information.
Refer to County Technical Specification TS010.01: Asbuilt Drawings.
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not manage or enforce air quality issues.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ), oversees all matters related to air quality.
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not manage or enforce water quality issues. However, Environmental Health does test household drinking water from private wells.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Division of Water Resources, oversees all matters related to water quality.
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not manage stray animals, wild animals, or household pests.
Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Animal Protective Services (APS) picks up stray or unwanted domestic animals and livestock, and investigates animal cruelty and animal bite reports.
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not regulate the use of wetlands.
Brunswick County Planning and Community Enforcement and the NC DEQ Wilmington Regional Office enforce local policies and regulations about land disturbance, which includes the draining and use of wetlands. Greater protection and enforcement is conducted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Division of Coastal Management.
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not monitor or test recreational water and shellfish.
Monitoring is done by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Division of Marine Fisheries.
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not manage or enforce solid waste issues.
The Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling division manages solid waste (landfills, garbage collection, and recycling) for the county. Additional information about solid waste management can be found under the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Division of Waste Management (DWM).
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not manage or enforce hazardous waste issues.
The Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling division manages some household hazardous waste for the county. The majority of hazardous waste issues are handled through state (N.C. DEQ, Division of Waste Management) and federal (Environmental Protection Agency) legislation.
Brunswick County Environmental Health does not oversee certain municipal and package wastewater treatment plants.
For complaints or concerns, please contact the NC. DEQ Wilmington Regional Office.
You will receive an email from Eventbrite granting access to your course. The link to the “online training module” will be at the bottom of your confirmation email.
You will receive an email from Eventbrite granting access to your course. Just click the link to the “online training module” at the bottom of your confirmation email to begin your course. Or you can go directly to go.ncsu.edu/countonme and follow the instructions there.
These training modules cover information and best practices for the owners, management and staff of restaurants, hotels, attractions and shops.
No. This is a voluntary training specific to COVID-19 protocols and does not replace other training required by the State of North Carolina.
There are several training modules available. Pick the one that most closely aligns with your job. Currently, restaurant modules are available for Owner/Manager, Front of House, and Back of House. Additional modules for Cleaning Staff and Other Businesses will be added soon.
The training takes approximately 30 minutes all the way through, but you can start and stop at any point.
Yes, the training is available on desktop, tablet and most mobile devices.
Yes, you can restart the training where you left off.
You provide your name, email address, and company name to access the training.
Congratulations! Now it’s time to spread the word about your commitment to Count On Me NC. Start by signing your business’s name to personalize your certificate, then display it in a location (like a window or near the register) where guests and visitors will be able to see it. Don’t forget, you also have access to the Count On Me NC toolkit, which includes additional printable and digital assets you can use to show you’re a participating Count On Me NC business.
If you are an owner or a manager who has successfully completed training, you will be sent Count on Me NC window decals to display in your business or establishment. In addition, the NCRLA has partnered with Durham signage company, Signs Unlimited, to bring you Count On Me NC social-distancing floor decals. A link to order these floor decals can be found in the Count On Me NC tool kit. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has also provided general safety signage.
Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be directed to a form where they will be asked for their contact information in order to receive the marketing toolkit which includes logos, badges and suggested social media posts.
The marketing toolkit includes a variety of shapes, sizes and colors so you can choose what works best for you. Brand guidelines are included and give you specific instructions for use.
Yes, you can download as many copies of your certificate as you would like.
The certificate does not expire, and you do not have to take the training again unless you change jobs, e.g. moving from Front of House to Back of House.
A business will be listed on countonmenc.org when an owner or manager successfully completes the training course. Owners and managers should encourage all employees to take the appropriate course, e.g. Front of House, Back of House, etc.
A public swimming pool is defined as any structure, chamber, or tank containing an artificial body of water used by the public for swimming, diving, wading, recreation, or therapy, together with buildings, appurtenances, and equipment used in connection with the body of water, regardless of whether a fee is charged for its use. The term includes municipal, school, hotel, motel, apartment, boarding house, athletic club, or other membership facility pools and spas, and artificial swimming lagoons.
Public swimming pools do not include private pools serving a single family dwelling and used only by the residents of the dwelling and their guests, therapeutic pools used in physical therapy programs operated by medical facilities licensed by the Department or operated by a licensed physical therapist, or therapeutic chambers drained, cleaned, and refilled after each individual use.
The requirements for pool operator training are contained in 15A NCAC 18A Section.2537(c). This regulation states:
"The owner of a public swimming pool shall provide for the operation of the pool by a person or persons who shall be responsible to the owner for operation, maintenance, pool safety and recordkeeping. The pool owner shall maintain documentation that the person responsible for operating the pool has been trained on pool equipment operation, disease and injury prevention, pool water chemistry and regulatory requirements for public swimming pools. A pool and spa operator certificate issued by the National Swimming Pool Foundation or other organization which provides training on those subjects shall be accepted as meeting this requirement."
An artificial swimming lagoon means any body of water used for recreational purposes with more than 20,000 square feet of surface area, an artificial liner, and a method of disinfectant that results in a disinfectant residual in the swimming zone that is protective of the public health.
Yes. An annual tattooing permit is required to perform these procedures.
Yes. Licensed physicians, as well as physician assistants and nurse practitioners working under the supervision of a licensed physician, who perform tattooing within the normal course of their professional practice are exempt from permitting requirements.
N.C. General Statute 14-400 requires a person to be at least 18 years of age. Patrons are required to record or verify their name, address, phone number, date of birth, and provide their signature. Retrievable records for each patron must kept by the tattoo artist for a minimum of two years.
Yes. No person with visible jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin) may be tattooed. No tattooing may be done on a skin surface that has a rash, pimples, boils, infections, or manifests any evidence of being reddened or inflamed.
The state of North Carolina does not require a permit for body piercing. A law does exist on age requirements for piercing and it is enforced by local law enforcement agencies (N.C. General Statute 14-400).
Brunswick County will only cut off water to a community if the Mayor of that community declares a mandatory evacuation. Even then, Brunswick County Public Utilities will not completely turn off water until such time as it is unsafe for staff to remain at these locations. If a less intense storm is anticipated, it may only be necessary to limit the flow to beach communities while still maintaining a minimum pressure. Any such decision is made jointly with officials in that town, based on storm decisions as they occur. Our goal is to maintain water availability throughout the storm, only shutting off water service to vulnerable beach communities well after a mandatory evacuation is declared in order to protect the integrity of the system in and effort to maintain both fire protection and potable (drinkable) water supplies.
Shutting off water to individual houses, especially those on the oceanfront, may provide some level of protection if plumbing pipes are damaged during the storm. However, care should be taken when this is done. Some household appliances, such as water heaters, require water to operate properly and may be damaged if left powered on without a water supply. Therefore, homeowners should consider powering off (shutting off appropriate breakers) if they choose to turn off the water at their house. The homeowner should use their home's private shut-off valve to the plumbing system to turn the water off; County equipment and valves in the meter box should not be tampered with. There is electronic equipment in the meter box that may easily be damaged by unauthorized personnel. It is worth noting that if a storm dictates that a mandatory evacuation be proclaimed for a community, Brunswick County will either limit the pressure of shut off the water to the community immediately after the storm's impact.
This is very unlikely. A typical grinder tank installed by Brunswick County has over 360 gallons of capacity above the point that the alarm comes on. Most single-family residential houses use much less water than during a typical day when showers, washers, dishwashers, etc. are being used. During a storm where power is lost, water usage is reduced considerably. Usually, showers, washers, dishwashers, etc. are not used when the power is out, thus extending the time it takes to fill the grinder tank.
In the event of an extended time period without power, Brunswick County has the ability to use vacuum excavation trucks to empty the grinder tank. In the case of a significant storm event requiring mandatory evacuation, it is expected that water usage will be minimal.
If you use a generator capable of running high water usage appliances, it is recommended that you also power the breaker(s) to your grinder pump stations. If the generator is capable and wired to energize the entire house, then the grinder pump will work as normal.
This is very unlikely. Typically, Brunswick County grinder pumps are part of a low-pressure system designed to have other similar-sized grinder pumps connected to the system. It is rare that a pump is not capable of pumping due to high pressure in a low-pressure collection system. However, if this occurs, as pumps turn off in the system upon emptying their basins, any pumps that are "dead heading" will eventually begin to pump down.
Damage assessments play a critical role in how local governments respond to and recover from events. While everyone's first response is to start the cleanup, these assessments are important in determining the needs of our community as a whole. For the county to get an accurate idea of the amount of damage that is storm-related, we ask that you hold your debris while keeping categories including vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, electronics, household trash, appliances and metal, household hazardous waste, etc. North Carolina has several landfill bans in place for many of these items. Having the items separated is key in making sure we uphold the law and the safety of all our emergency responders. If you do decide to haul your storm-related debris to the landfill prior to the assessments, normal tipping fees and long lines are likely.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. These chemicals are used to make products to resist stains, grease, and water. The most studied PFAS are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C8) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS).
Common Uses of PFAS:
PFAS do not occur naturally but are widespread in the environment. PFAS can be found in the environment near areas where they are manufactured or where products containing PFAS are often used. PFAS are found in people, wildlife, and fish all over the world. Most PFAS do not break down easily in the environment. Some PFAS can stay in people's bodies a long time.
There are currently four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have health advisory levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and PFBS.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been a manufactured perfluorochemical and a byproduct in producing fluoropolymers. Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a group of chemicals used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. PFOA was used particularly for manufacturing polytetrafluoroethylene, but since 2002, manufacturers have used a new process not requiring this chemical. PFOA persists in the environment and does not break down. PFOA has been identified in bodies of water and in a variety of land and water animals.
Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) (PDF) is a synthetic, fully fluorinated organic acid; it is used in a variety of consumer products and is generated as a degradation product of other perfluorinated compounds. Because of strong carbon-fluorine bonds, PFOS is stable to metabolic and environmental degradation. PFOS is one of a large group of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that are used to make products more resistant to stains, grease, and water. These compounds have been widely found in consumer and industrial products, as well as in food items. Water resources contaminated by PFOS have been associated with releases from manufacturing sites, industrial sites, fire/crash training areas, and industrial or municipal waste sites where products are disposed of or applied.
GenX is a trade name for a man‐made and unregulated chemical used in manufacturing nonstick coatings and for other purposes. Chemours' facility in Fayetteville began producing GenX commercially in 2009 as a replacement for PFOA. The same chemical is also produced as a byproduct during other manufacturing processes, and it may have been present in the environment for many years before being produced commercially as GenX.
PFBS is a replacement chemical for PFOS, a chemical that was voluntarily phased out by the primary U.S. manufacturer by 2002. PFBS has been identified in the environment and consumer products, including surface water, wastewater, drinking water, dust, carpeting and carpet cleaners, and floor wax.
On June 15, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced interim and final health advisory levels for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in public drinking water systems and wells across country and the state. These are the only health advisory levels established by the EPA at this time for PFAS compounds:
Health advisories are non-enforceable and non-regulatory levels that provide information on contaminants that can cause human health effects and are known or anticipated to occur in drinking water.
While unenforceable, these advisories indicate the level of drinking water contamination below which adverse health effects are not expected to occur. Health advisories provide technical information that federal, state, and local officials can use to inform the development of monitoring plans, investments in treatment solutions, and future policies to protect the public from PFAS exposure.
According to the EPA, the agency issues an interim health advisory when a contaminant's associated health effects assessment is in draft form, but there is a pressing need to provide information to public health officials prior to finalization of the health effects assessment. The PFOA and PFOS interim health advisories are intended to be in place during the time interval between initial understanding of health effects and publication of the final health advisory, maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG), and/or maximum contaminant level (MCL). Final health advisories are based on final health effects assessments.
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA has the authority to set enforceable National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for drinking water contaminants and require monitoring of public water systems.
According to the EPA PFAS Strategic Roadmap, the agency plans to establish a national primary drinking water regulation for PFOA and PFOS that would set enforceable limits and require monitoring of public water supplies, while evaluating additional PFAS and groups of PFAS. The EPA Science Advisory Board consultation is ongoing; with a proposed rule expected in fall 2022 and a final rule expected in fall 2023.
PFAS contamination is present throughout North Carolina. NCDEQ and NCDHHS began investigating the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River in June 2017. The Chemours facility in Fayetteville was identified as the company that produces the GenX chemical for industrial processes.
Brunswick County conducts weekly tests of its raw and treated water for several PFAS compounds, including the four with interim or final EPA health advisory levels (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and PFBS). Test results are published on the County's website for transparency.
Note: As of June 2022, Brunswick County's current wholesale customers include Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2Go), Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, and Southport.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) has a consent order in place that requires Chemours to test private wells for PFAS if they are located within a certain distance to the Chemours facility near Fayetteville or the Lower Cape Fear River. If this could apply to you, contact NCDEQ at 910-678-1100 for those in the lower Cape Fear (Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties).
For private well users that fall outside the eligible testing areas, you can review the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service's PFAS Testing and Treatment Factsheet to find a lab that can test your well.
Generally, the lower the levels, the lower the risk.
For GENX and PFBS:
For PFOA and PFOS:
The new EPA health advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS are below levels that can be detected with current commercial laboratory testing. Therefore, any detection of either PFOA or PFOS in drinking water could represent an increased health risk.
Yes. Based on the current science, only a small amount of PFAS gets into your body through skin, so little PFAS exposure would come from showering, bathing, and similar activities.
Typical follow-up: What about brushing my teeth? - The amount of water ingested while brushing teeth is minimal relative to the amount of water typically consumed through eating and Exposures from brushing teeth would present a minimal health risk.
The health advisory levels were calculated for the most sensitive populations, e.g., infants. If the GenX or PFBS is below the advisory level, then it is not expected to increase risk of health effects and can be used.
The new EPA health advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS are below levels that can be detected with current commercial laboratory testing. Therefore, any detection of either PFOA or PFOS in drinking water could represent an increased health risk and we would recommend using an alternate source or filtered water.
Health advisory levels are established for humans. It is up to each pet owner to decide whether to offer water with PFAS detections to pets or animals.
At this time, scientists are still learning about the health effects of exposure to mixtures of different PFAS. One way to learn about whether PFAS will harm people is to do studies on lab animals.
Humans and animals react differently to PFAS, and not all effects observed in animals may occur in humans. Scientists have ways to estimate how the exposure and effects in animals compare to what they would be in humans.
Additional research may change our understanding of the relationship between exposure to PFAS and human health effects.
Based on the EPA's review of the science, exposures to these four PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) above the EPA health advisory levels can:
If you are concerned about specific issues with your health, talk with your healthcare provider. Information for health care providers is available from NCDHHS (PDF) and from the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Human health effects from exposure to low environmental levels of PFAS are uncertain. Studies of laboratory animals given large amounts of PFAS indicate that some PFAS may affect growth and development. Epidemiologic studies on PFAS exposure evaluated several health effects. See descriptions of these studies. More research is necessary to assess the human health effects of exposure to PFAS. (Information is from the CDC.)
PFAS can be found in the environment near facilities where they are made or in areas where products containing PFAS are often used. PFAS may be found in contaminated drinking water, food, indoor dust, some consumer products, and workplaces. Most exposures occur through consuming contaminated food or water. Only a small amount of PFAS can get into your body through your skin, so very little PFAS exposure occurs during swimming, bathing, or showering in water contaminated with PFAS. Although some types of PFAS are no longer used, many products such as food packaging, firefighting foam, and stain-resistant treatments still contain PFAS.
It is difficult to fully prevent PFAS exposure because PFAS are present at low levels in some foods and in the environment. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your PFAS exposure:
There are many ongoing PFAS health studies in North Carolina and across the country. Although we don't currently have one location for summarizing PFAS studies, NCDHHS continues to engage with researchers at the forefront of PFAS research to evaluate new health and toxicity information as it becomes available and update our public health guidance when needed. Ongoing studies include:
No, disposable wipes, rags, clothing articles, and paper towels should not be flushed because these combine with fats, oils, greases, and other debris to cause major clogs within the wastewater collection system and treatment facilities. The fibers contained within most “flush-able” wipes are not biodegradable. Also, if your house has a low-pressure grinder pump, the pump may become damaged and the property owner could be responsible for the costs of repair. Please see the Grinder Pump Informational Brochure (PDF) which discusses the use and maintenance of grinder pump systems.
A briefing regarding legislation in the District of Columbia regarding flushable wipes provides additional insights into the issue.
It may take three to six weeks depending on the type of grinder system installation. If a sewer tap needs to be made for connection to the low-pressure sewer system within an NC DOT area, an encroachment application must be submitted by Brunswick County to the State, which can extend wait time to up to three months. Prior to the contractor/homeowner applying for pressure sewer service, siding must be installed, underground power must be installed to the structure, and final land grade must be established. If any of the above steps are not completed prior to service request, the timeline for installation will be regenerated. After the basin is set, an additional request by contractor/homeowner is required at completion of customer-side electrical and plumbing installation. This is referred to as start-up, allowing County staff to inspect customer-side connections with the pump being tested, ensuring the system operates as intended.
All Brunswick Counties locates can be requested through the NC 811 ULOCO system. You can call 811 and request that all utilities located at the service address be located by the appropriate utility owner. A standard locate may take up to 3 business days, and emergency locates will be taken care of as soon as possible. Please note that any water or sewer connections beyond the water meter box, gravity sewer clean out, or County owned grinder station are owned and maintained by the property owner and will not be located or maintained by Brunswick County Utility Staff.
Sewer overflows on a grinder system are typically caused by a pump failure. When your alarm goes off, please call one of our emergency numbers and refrain from heavy water usage, i.e. washing machine, dishwasher, showers, and baths. Another thing that will ensure your pump operates properly is by not putting prohibited items into the sewage system, i.e. wet wipes, grease, and feminine hygiene products. These items shorten the lifespan of your pump and may cause a sewer overflow. It is not suggested to shut down the breaker. Silencing the alarm is all that is necessary until staff arrives for repair.
We ask the homeowner to silence the alarm if they can, it is not necessary or recommended to turn off the breaker to the grinder pump. Please call into our maintenance line at 910-253-2657. On the grinder pump control panel, there is an information sticker with our after-hours phone numbers as well.
View the Grinder Pump Informational Brochure (PDF)
Smoke testing is the process of injecting artificially produced smoke into a blocked off pipeline segment to see where the smoke emerges. If the line is in good condition, the smoke will emerge from manhole lids along the line. If there are any cracks or defects within the line, the smoke will come from those. It is not unusual to see some smoke come up through cracks in the pavement or in residential yards during testing. It is also not unusual for smoke to come out of the plumbing vent pipe above your roof.
To ensure the sanitary sewer system is in good working order, it is important to locate and repair any breaks in the lines to prevent larger problems in the future. Smoke testing is one of the best, cost-effective ways to locate defects in main sewer lines and service laterals that connect to residences.
To prevent the possibility of smoke entering your home, ensure water has been run in your sinks and showers/tubs to put water in your P-traps. This acts as a blockage to keep smoke from coming out of the drains in your home.
Very unlikely; however, if there is a P-trap that is not holding water, or if additional lines within the home are un-trapped or defective, it may. In this case, you may want to contact a plumber to investigate.
Remember: If smoke can enter your home through your plumbing connection, potentially harmful sewer gases may also.
Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will our field crew members enter a home.
Brunswick County's two drinking water treatment plants are designed to filter and kill all kinds of viruses including COVID-19 the Coronavirus. The EPA mandated through the Safe Drinking Water Act that all drinking water treatment facilities designed and built in the United States be able to inactivate viruses and bacteria. The disinfection process of using chlorine is very effective at inactivating (killing) viruses. The World Health Organization has recently published a technical document describing the Coronavirus as having a "fragile outer membrane" that is generally less stable and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine (page 2 of document).
See more information regarding COVID-19 and drinking water.
This can be caused by many factors within the home plumbing system and/or public distribution system. This discoloration is not a health risk. Run your tap for fifteen to twenty minutes, and if the problem persists, please call us at 910-253-2657.
The possible causes are:
Brunswick County is responsible for the service line from the water main at the street to the back side of the meter box, the tie-in point where the plumber/homeowner makes the connection. Please note that if the homeowner requests a service call for a leak and it is found to be on the customer's side, the County is not responsible for the repair. Furthermore, a fee for the site visit will be issued to the party responsible for the account. If the problem IS found on the County side, the repair will be made at no charge to the customer.
Your local health department should assist in explaining any tests that you need for various contaminants. If your local health department is unable to help, you can contact a state-certified laboratory to perform the test. To find a state-certified laboratory in your area call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.
View these documents for more information:
The water conservation alert is due to drier, potentially drought-like conditions these past few weeks, coupled with increasing use of the County's water system capacity-likely due to increasing irrigation and other water needs. Brunswick County last had a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert in Summer 2019. Summer 2020 was much wetter than usual, which led to less lawn irrigation and helped to avoid conservation alerts and the COVID-19 mandates led to lower peak demands.
Conservation efforts and any additional actions will be determined on the projected weather forecasts this summer and overall water usage throughout the system. We are anticipating a much drier summer than we had in 2020 coupled with a return to more activities as the COVID-19 pandemic lessens that are likely to increase peak demands. Brunswick County had already issued a reminder for customers to use water wisely, especially during the Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends. Taking steps listed in the alert like avoiding overwatering lawns, using the recommended irrigation schedule, deferring non-essential water to nightfall, and avoiding that 5-11 am block will be especially helpful in reducing demand.
Excessive demands typically manifest themselves in the form of low pressure, not the complete absence of water. There is sufficient capacity for all necessary potable water needs. Irrigation is what drives the water system production to levels near the system capacity and that can be controlled. Alerts are issued based on what % of the water system's water production capacity is being used. Implementing a Stage 1 Conservation Alert now allows for sufficient time, prior to the Memorial Day holiday and higher temperatures, to reduce demands to manageable levels. Whether or demand levels reach thresholds to trigger a Stage 2 or Stage 3 Conservation Alert depends on customers' conservation efforts, weather, and the available raw water supply coming from the LCFWSA's Kings Bluff Water Pump Station for the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
Weather forecasts, historical peaks, system reliability, river levels, and the capacity of the raw water system are all considered in context with the system demand when determining if the next stage of a conservation alert should be triggered. However, in general, a Stage 2 alert may be declared when there are consecutive days over 90% of capacity. Measures to achieve the overall reduction in usage will include the implementation of irrigation restrictions, a ban on non-commercial car washing, restaurant restrictions, and public education on the water shortage.
A Stage 1 water shortage emergency may be declared in the event of an immediate water shortage, as so declared by state and/or local officials, or when there are three consecutive days when water demand exceeds 80% of the total water plant production capacity. Water production capacity shall be defined as the maximum volume of water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards that the water treatment plant process can produce during a 24-hour period. Water production capacity can vary depending on system component reliability and/or raw water conditions or availability.
Under a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert, the County will implement measures intended to reduce water used for irrigation by ten 10%. The County will also notify its wholesale water customers that they must reduce irrigation demand in their systems by 10% in accordance with the wholesale water agreement. The targeted customer groups shall be customers with irrigation meters, wholesale water customers, and multi-family projects with common area irrigation.
A Stage 2 water shortage emergency may be declared in the event of an immediate water shortage, as so declared by state and/or local officials, or when there are two consecutive days when water demand exceeds ninety 90% of the water production capacity. Water production capacity shall be defined as the maximum volume of water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards that the water treatment process can produce during a 24-hour period. Water production capacity can vary depending on system component reliability and/or raw water conditions or availability.
Under a Stage 2 Water Shortage Warning, the County will implement measures to reduce overall water use by ten 10% The County will also notify its wholesale customers that they must reduce their overall water use by 10% in accordance with the wholesale water agreement. The target groups will be all County retail water customers, wholesale water customers, and industrial customers. Measures to achieve the overall reduction in usage will include the implementation of irrigation restrictions, a ban on non-commercial car washing, restaurant restrictions, and public education on the water shortage.
A Stage 3 water shortage emergency may be declared in the event of an immediate water shortage, as so declared by state and/or local officials, or when there is one day when water demand exceeds one hundred 100% of the water production capacity. Water production capacity shall be defined as the maximum volume of water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards that the water treatment process can produce during a 24-hour period. Water production capacity can vary depending on system component reliability and/or raw water conditions.
Under a Stage 3 Water Shortage Danger, the County will implement measures to reduce overall water use by twenty 20%. The County will also notify its wholesale customers that they must reduce their overall water use by twenty 20% in accordance with the wholesale water agreement. The target groups will be all County retail water customers, wholesale water customers, and industrial customers. Measures to achieve the overall reduction in usage will include the implementation of a ban on outdoor irrigation, a ban on car washing, restaurant restrictions, restrictions on industrial usage, and public education on the water shortage.
We often hear a lot about the amount of growth and development coming to Brunswick County; one key point to remember is that the bulk of the development that is currently in the planning and design stages will not be put online until after the water treatment plant is expanded. The primary factor influencing the high summer peak demands is the water usage due to irrigation which can be managed to an extent with public education. Taking steps listed in the alert such as avoiding overwatering lawns, using the recommended irrigation schedule, deferring non-essential water to nightfall, and avoiding that 5-11 am block will be especially helpful to reducing demand.
Brunswick County has actively sought a solution to remove PFAS from drinking water after the discovery of PFAS substances in the Cape Fear River in June 2017. Following review of multiple treatment options, the County selected low-pressure reverse osmosis and initiated a pilot scale system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant to confirm water quality and PFAS removal. In April 2018, CDM Smith's reported that the pilot low-pressure reverse osmosis system reduced most PFAs to undetectable levels including PFOA, PFOS, and GenX.
The team proceeded with the design and the project went out to bid in Winter 2019. The County anticipates the low-pressure reverse osmosis system will go online in summer or fall of 2023, with final completion in early 2024. Individuals can follow the project on the Northwest Water Treatment Plant page.
NC government agencies are also working on all fronts to continue to reduce exposure to GenX and other PFAS. This includes continuing efforts to reduce emissions and discharges from the Chemours plant and efforts to reduce GenX and other PFAS as much as possible in drinking water. The NC Department of Environmental Quality's PFAS Roadmap details NCDEQ's priorities and planned actions to reduce PFAS in our state. The U.S. EPA's PFAS Roadmap details national policies, priorities, and actions planned for the next five years.
This three-phase project will expand the plant's water treatment capacity from 24 million gallons per day (MGD) to 45 million gallons per day will provide a low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment capacity of no less than 36 million gallons per day (MGD) to support the projected increase of residential, commercial, and industrial water use in the county.
It will feature an advanced low-pressure reverse osmosis water treatment system, which is considered one of the most advanced and effective methods to treat and remove both regulated and unregulated materials from drinking water, including GenX, 1,4-dioxane and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
All of Brunswick County's water customers and wholesale water customers receive either all or part of their water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. Within the Southport, St. James, Oak Island, and Caswell Beach areas, water from the Northwest Water Treatment is blended with water from the Highway 211 Water Treatment Plant to serve customers. The Highway 211 Water Treatment Plant sources its water from groundwater wells. Bald Head Island has its own treatment plant, but supplementary water is supplied by the 211 Water Treatment Plant, or blended water from both county plants. All other customers in the County receive their water solely from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
With a population nearing 135,000 residents and growing, Brunswick County is expanding its capacity at the plant to provide an adequate and reliable supply of water to support all of Brunswick County's residential, commercial, and industrial needs both now and in the future. More than 300,000 people are served by Brunswick County Public Utilities during the peak season (summer), including both county and wholesale customer service areas.
In 2017, Brunswick County joined other utilities in the region to sue DuPont and Chemours. The County is seeking monetary damages from Chemours to hold it responsible for the millions of dollars it is spending to install a new treatment system necessary to remove PFAS contaminants. The lawsuit remains active and ongoing. Any proceeds received will be used for the benefit of all customer classes. How any proceeds from litigation would be used has not been analyzed nor determined at this time.
Brunswick County is absorbing some of the costs for the Northwest Water Treatment Plant infrastructure enhancements-therefore all the project costs are not directly passed on through water rates. However, the County had to start making anticipated debt service repayments in 2022 for the installation of the reverse osmosis treatment system to remove unregulated PFAS contaminants like GenX from our water and to construct a new raw water line to increase capacity to the plant.
Under the current rate structure, the estimated bill is $34.68 for someone using 4,500 gallons (or $36.75 for 5,000 gallons). This does not include irrigation. This is well below the average bill of other North Carolina coastal communities of $41.04 (4,500 gallons) and the NC state median of $38.45 (5,000 gallons).
For a retail county customer, the estimated monthly cost for someone using 4,500 gallons per month (average user) is $34.68. This does not include irrigation. View the County's latest water and sewer rate schedule.
There were three substantial changes in the 2017 legislation:
Fire fees for improved properties (with buildings) are calculated based on the heated square footage of a building. Fire fees for vacant land are calculated based on the acreage of the property. Fees are not based on the tax value.
Brunswick County requested the legislation to meet immediate funding needs. In the years since 1999, when fire fees were originally enacted in Brunswick County, many factors affecting fire departments have changed, including a reduction in the number of volunteers and an increase in the number of paid staff needed. Many departments currently have, or will soon have, capital needs, such as necessary building repairs or fire trucks that need to be replaced.
The North Carolina Forestry Service requires a burning permit outside of one-hundred (100) feet from any structure. A free burning permit can be obtained online through the North Carolina Forestry Service website or in person at Brunswick County Code Administration Central Permitting Office located at 75 Court House Drive building “I” in Bolivia, North Carolina. Permit holders are encouraged to contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 910-253-7490 and let them know you have obtained a forestry burn permit and will be burning.
View the List of Agents in Brunswick County That Issue North Carolina Forest Service Permits (PDF).
The Brunswick County Fire Marshal's office does not require a burn permit for open burning of natural vegetation inside of 100' feet of a structure located within the Unincorporated areas of the County. However, If you are outside of 100' feet the North Carolina Forest Service requires a State permit. In addition, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality requires a State permit for certain types and locations of burning. If you are located in a City or Town please check with your local municipal official regarding regulations and open burning permits.
View the Online Burning Permit System website.
When weather or other conditions make controlled burns dangerous, the North Carolina Forest Service or local authorities (Counties, Cities, and Town's) may enact a burn ban or burning restrictions.
During a Brunswick County Burn Ban opening burning is prohibited within the Unincorporated areas of Brunswick County where burning is within 100' feet of any structure. Burning associated with outdoor cooking like grilling is not subject to the ban but must be constantly attend.
The use of air curtain burners are regulated by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Wilmington Regional Office.
For additional information on air curtain burners view the North Carolina Clean Air Act Section website.
View the Wilmington Regional Office website.
An online application and order can be placed on the How to Buy website. The order notification and approval is sent to Brunswick County Code Administration Fire Marshal's Office for quick electronic review and approval to verify the correct fire department prior to the order being processed and shipped.
To schedule a construction related inspection of a building or fire protection system view the Permit Portal Login website. Then enter your Brunswick County project number and select the desired fire permit that you would like to schedule the fire inspection.
To schedule a foster care inspection visit the "contact us" section to submit a inspection request.
The North Carolina Division of Social Services DSS-1515 Foster Home Fire Inspection Form (PDF) is utilized for the inspection.
The most common violations found during a foster care inspection include but not limited to:
A commercial online application can be submitted by viewing the Permit Applications page. If your business or project is located in a Municipality that receives fire inspection services by the County please provide a statement within the project description box on the online application that this application is for fire only and include the name of the Municipality.
If you have additional construction documents for your project they can be emailed to the ePlans Department and be sure to include the project number or physical address of the project to assist with processing the information.
View the Online Application Training Video.
The intent of Brunswick County's false fire alarm prevention ordinance is to encourage alarm users and alarm companies to maintain the operational reliability of alarm systems and to properly use alarm systems in order to reduce or eliminate false/accidental alarm dispatches of fire apparatus within the unincorporated areas and extra-territorial jurisdictions within Brunswick County.
If your located inside a Municipality (City or Town) limit's please contact your local municipal official to inquire about false fire alarm ordinances.
View the False Fire Alarm Prevention Ordinance website.
View the Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance and Fee Schedule website.
Fire inspection invoices are issued in the field at time of the fire inspection to the owner, operator, or tenant of the commercial or multi-family property. Fire inspectors do not collect any payments in the field.
Fire inspection invoice payments along with either a copy the invoice or a reference to the invoice number can be mailed to:
Brunswick County Code AdministrationFire Inspection PaymentsP.O. Box 249Bolivia, North Carolina 28422
View street names. (If you are trying to locate a street on a map, go to GIS Data Viewer)
A Review Officer, designated by County Commissioners, is someone who reviews most surveys before recordation. The Review Officer shall review expeditiously each map or plat required to be submitted to the Officer before the map or plat is presented to the Register of Deeds for recording. The Review Officer shall certify the map or plat if it complies with all statutory requirements for recording. If the surveyor certifies that the plat is of an existing parcel or is in an unregulated area then the plat may be recorded without Review Officer acknowledgement.
Yes, we do have our aerial photography online. We have several flight years available. You may view this photography at GIS Online. We also have these images available for sale in our office.
See the Digital Data Rate Schedule.
Tax maps, aerial photography, and topography are available in some areas. We also have other maps available including but not limited to, zoning, fire insurance districts, fire fee districts and city limits. Please contact our office for a complete list and prices.
As of January 2006, the county no longer requires any instrument to have a parcel number affixed to the face of that instrument before it can be recorded.
If your property is located within the jurisdiction of a town, you need to contact the town hall. Otherwise, you need to contact the Brunswick County Planning Department.
A recorded survey is a map drawn by a professional surveyor and recorded in the Register of Deeds office and assigned a book and page number. A tax map is a compilation of recorded deeds and surveys drawn as a representation for tax and other county purposes.
This information may be found in recorded deeds or surveys. The tax maps may show calculated or estimated dimensions and acreage. You may also use our GIS Online for dimensions on properties less than 5 acres.
View the survey online. Enter the parcel number, address, owner name, or legal description and the tax information should come up. (If you have trouble retrieving this information, contact the Tax Department.) If a survey has been recorded for this property you will obtain the survey reference in the legal description.
Next, go to the Register of Deeds Online Records Search. If you have not used this website before you will need to fill out the online application form. Once you have received your log-in information you can proceed into the program. After you have entered the login information, a list of search categories will appear. Since you already have the map book and page of the survey you wish to see, select "book page direct." At this screen, scroll down to "map" and then enter your book and page. The image should appear through Acrobat Reader. (If you have trouble retrieving this information, contact the Register of Deeds).
Depending on the situation, this may be possible. Please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.
Please contact the Brunswick County Tax Department for this information.
No, telephone numbers are considered private information.
No, Brunswick County roads are either public or private. Public roads are owned and maintained by either a municipality or the North Carolina Department of Transportation. (State roads have been assigned a state road number, such as NC Highway 179 or SR 1300.) Private roads are owned and maintained by property owners, developers, or property owner's associations. If you have questions concerning the maintenance of public roads, please contact NCDOT at 754-4540, 429 Mulberry Road, Shallotte.
Public roads are owned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (or, in some cases, a municipality) and no one can block passage. For questions on private roads, please consult an attorney.
To name a road you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
The applicant must have 3 to 5 name choices since no name may be duplicated within the county. All property owners must sign a Street Naming Form giving approval of said name and return it to the Brunswick County GIS Department. A street sign will be installed shortly after all paperwork has been processed by the GIS Department. All street names must be approved by the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.
In February of 1993, the Board of Commissioners adopted a policy instituting a non-refundable filing fee of $50 for road name change petitions, plus a $30 per sign fee. If the petition is denied the sign fee is refunded. The majority of the property owners affected by this change must sign the petition. The new street name cannot duplicate or sound like any other street name within the county. Applicants should have more than one choice available and call before selecting a name for the petition. Download the petition (PDF).
House numbers are assigned every 20 feet to 25 feet to allow for growth. Even though subdivisions may be controlled by covenants and restrictions, these numbering rules were applied county-wide.
No, you must contact the town in which the property is located for an address.
Please contact the Brunswick County Planning Department for this information.
View the map showing soil data with septic tank suitability. Additionally, one of the layers of our GIS data is soil information. This data was designed to overlay with the parcel layer; the information can be viewed at GIS Online and, depending on the size of the area, can be printed with your printer.
Yes, if you are within the county's zoning jurisdiction. This information can be viewed in the zoning map and is maintained on the tax maps as well as a layer to our GIS data. Our GIS data also contains the zoning for the nineteen municipalities located within Brunswick County. All information should be verified by the applicable governing body, whether it be the Brunswick County Planning Department or one of the municipalities.
Yes! You may use our Central Permitting program to not only retrieve ownership information but to also see assigned addresses and permits issued. You may also use GIS Online for ownership information.
Attendees for the trainings can include families, friends, caregivers, clergy, law enforcement, first responders, healthcare providers, employers, educators, community-based service providers, and anyone else interested in learning how to respond to substance use/co-occurring disorders.
Like CPR, the course is designed to help you build the skills to support and respond to someone who needs help. The training will equip participants to learn:
Participation is free of any financial cost thanks to:
If you can't attend this training date but want to get a jump start on enCompass, you can enroll in a free, brief course with some of the same faculty as enCompass. This online resource is "Addiction 101" at Addiction Policy Forum Addiction 101.
We hope and expect that you will sign up for a future enCompass Workshop and bring someone with you. Email us for questions and/or to be on the email list for upcoming workshops.
You can partner by hosting a workshop at your organization or find groups that would like to host an enCompass workshop.
Sponsoring groups could provide a space for the workshop, lunch, and refreshments. Contact us today to become a partner, host, or sponsor, or call 910-253-2350.
The Community Health Needs Assessment is conducted to examine the health and quality of life of Brunswick County citizens. The process includes gathering information from community residents (primary data), and comparing this data to available health statistics (secondary data) to identify the most pressing concerns. The information gathered is used by county leadership and stakeholders to strategically plan the best use of resources to address top community concerns while tracking progress to reach the overall goal of improving health and quality of life in Brunswick County.
The Public Health Accreditation Board defines community health assessment (CHA), also known as community health needs assessment (CHNA), as a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems and assets in a community. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community's health needs and identified issues.
CDC defines a community health improvement plan (or CHIP) as a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of community health needs assessment activities and the community health improvement process. A plan is typically updated every three to five years.
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PDF) defines a community health improvement plan as a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems on the basis of the results of community health assessment activities and the community health improvement process. This plan is used by health and other governmental education and human service agencies, in collaboration with community partners, to set priorities and coordinate and target resources. A community health improvement plan is critical for developing policies and defining actions to target efforts that promote health. It should define the vision for the health of the community through a collaborative process and should address the gamut of strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the community to improve the health status of that community.
A community health assessment gives organizations comprehensive information about the community's current health status, needs, and issues. This information can help develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.
Residents will be asked no more than 50 questions in the community health opinion survey. Questions will fall under six main categories:
All of your individual responses are confidential. We will use results of the surveys to improve our understanding of health needs in the community.
There are five phases the CHNA must go through before it is complete.
The role of the CHNA Steering Committee is to provide guidance through the completion of the Community Health Needs Assessment to ensure that it addresses the needs of residents in Brunswick County.
Residents can attend the meetings either in-person or virtually. If you are interested in participating on the CHNA Steering Committee or attending a meeting, RSVP by contacting Brunswick County Health Educator Travis Greer or by phone at 910-253-2350.
Health information is collected from Brunswick County residents in three ways: key informant interviews, community health opinion surveys, and focus groups.
Key informant interviews and focus groups provide insight into community health concerns. Involvement of providers, particularly community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and education institutions/civic leaders will occur through the key informant interviews and via input from representatives on the Steering Committee.
We ensure involvement with the hard-to-reach or most marginalized communities in Brunswick County by meeting them where they are at. After engaging with these communities, we develop a high-level action plan with recommendations prioritized through input and the direction of the Steering Committee.
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This three-phase project will expand the plant's water treatment capacity from 24 million gallons per day (MGD) to 45 million gallons per day that will provide a low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment capacity of no less than 36 million gallons per day (MGD) to support the projected increase of residential, commercial, and industrial water use in the county.
With a population nearing 135,000 residents and growing, Brunswick County is expanding its capacity at the plant to provide an adequate and reliable supply of water to support all of Brunswick County's residential, commercial, and industrial needs both now and in the future.
Brunswick County estimates the low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant will go online in late 2023, with final completion of the project in early 2024.
The Series 2020 Enterprise System Revenue Bonds for the Northwest Water Treatment Plan Expansion were issued at $167.3 million. Of this, $158.7 million was for the expansion and low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment and $8.6 million was for the concentrate pipeline.
Work is now underway on the project. The notice to construct the expansion and upgrades project was issued June 5, 2020 to Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc
County Answer: The water conservation alert is due to drier, potentially drought-like conditions these past few weeks, coupled with increasing use of the County's water system capacity-likely due to increasing irrigation and other water needs. Brunswick County last had a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert in Summer 2019. Summer 2020 was much wetter than usual, which led to less lawn irrigation and helped to avoid conservation alerts and the COVID-19 mandates led to lower peak demands.
County Answer: Conservation efforts and any additional actions will be determined on the projected weather forecasts this summer and overall water usage throughout the system. We are anticipating a much drier summer than we had in 2020 coupled with a return to more activities as the COVID-19 pandemic lessens that are likely to increase peak demands. Brunswick County had already issued a reminder for customers to use water wisely, especially during the Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends. Taking steps listed in the alert like avoiding overwatering lawns, using the recommended irrigation schedule, deferring non-essential water to nightfall, and avoiding that 5-11 a.m. block will be especially helpful in reducing demand.
County Answer: Excessive demands typically manifest themselves in the form of low pressure, not the complete absence of water. There is sufficient capacity for all necessary potable water needs. Irrigation is what drives the water system production to levels near the system capacity and that can be controlled. Alerts are issued based on what percentage of the water system's water production capacity is being used. Implementing a Stage 1 Conservation Alert now allows for sufficient time, prior to the Memorial Day holiday and higher temperatures, to reduce demands to manageable levels. Whether or not demand levels reach thresholds to trigger a Stage 2 or Stage 3 Conservation Alert depends on customers' conservation efforts, weather, and the available raw water supply coming from the LCFWSA's Kings Bluff Water Pump Station to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
County Answer: Weather forecasts, historical peaks, system reliability, river levels, and the capacity of the raw water system are all considered in context with the system demand when determining if the next stage of a conservation alert should be triggered. However, in general, a Stage 2 alert may be declared when there are consecutive days over 90% of capacity. Measures to achieve the overall reduction in usage will include the implementation of irrigation restrictions, ban on non-commercial car washing, restaurant restrictions, and public education on the water shortage.
County Answer: We often hear a lot about the amount of growth and development coming to Brunswick County; one key point to remember is that the bulk of the development that is currently in the planning and design stages will not be put online until after the water treatment plant is expanded. The primary factor influencing the high summer peak demands is the water usage due to irrigation which can be managed to an extent with public education. Taking steps listed in the alert such as avoiding overwatering lawns, using the recommended irrigation schedule, deferring non-essential water to nightfall, and avoiding that 5-11 am block will be especially helpful in reducing demand.
County Answer: The raw water that comes to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant is sourced through the LCFWSA; all Brunswick County water customers receive either all or part of their water from this water treatment plant. The Cape Fear River is the only source of water available to meet all the current and future demand within Brunswick County Public Utilities service area. The County also has the 211 Water Treatment Plant, which pulls water from groundwater wells, however, the service area for this plant is smaller and customers in this area receive a blend of water from both plants.
County Answer: Drought conditions can play a factor in the amount of water drawn to the Cape Fear River. However, the current advisories are not due to the flow levels in the river, but rather, due to ability of the existing infrastructure to convey and treat the water at these peak demand levels. The Northwest Water Treatment Plant Capacity Expansion Project and the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority Parallel Raw Water Main project are scheduled to be sufficiently completed prior to next summer to alleviate these capacity concerns.
County Answer: This is from the LCFWSA website: Construction of the new main began in November 2019, and it is scheduled for completion in August of 2022. Upon completion, the Kings Bluff facilities will have an expanded transmission capacity of approximately 96 million gallons per day to meet future customer demands. View more details.
Residential and Business customers may use reclaimed water for landscape irrigation, especially in irrigation systems designed or converted to comply with Reclaimed water irrigation requirements. Reclaimed water can also be used for a limited number of other purposes like:
Rip currents are channelized currents of water flowing away from shore at surf beaches. They typically form at breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as jetties and piers. These currents are commonly found on all surf beaches, including Great Lakes beaches. Learn more about rip currents.
Rip currents pull people away from shore. Their speed can vary from moment to moment and can quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf. They can sweep the strongest swimmer away from shore.
You can identify a rip current if you see:
You may be able to escape by floating or treading water if the current circulates back toward shore. If you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself. If you need help, yell and wave for assistance.
Don't become a victim while trying to help someone else! Many people have died trying to rescue rip current victims.
Before you leave for the beach, check the latest National Weather Service forecast for local beach conditions. When you arrive at the beach, ask lifeguards (if available) about rip currents and other hazards. More information about rip currents can be found at the following websites:
The HCVP is the federal program for assisting very low-income households to afford decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing in the private rental market. Since this housing assistance is tenant-based, families choose their housing. Participants in the HCVP pay approximately 30% of their gross income to their landlords and Brunswick County Public Housing Authority (BCPHA) pays the balance directly to the landlord.
Due to high demand, the HCVP wait list is usually closed. When most of the names on the waiting list have been utilized, BCPHA opens the waiting list to the public through a lottery.
The lottery is conducted online, with lottery entries only accepted for a limited period through the BCPHA HCVP lottery website.
After the period during which lottery entries are accepted, a random computer draw will take place from among all the entries. The lottery entries chosen in this random computer draw will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are drawn. Duplicate entries are eliminated, so no one has more than one chance of being selected. Each household member aged 18 or older may submit an entry.
No. The order in which entries are received will not affect your chance of being selected for the waiting list or your placement on it. Every completed entry submitted according to the website's instructions will be entered into the lottery. Selection will be based on a random computerized drawing, so all applicants have an equal chance of being selected for the list.
Any computer with internet access can be used, whether it belongs to a relative, friend or caseworker. You can also use any available computer at public locations such as public libraries.
If you do not have access to a computer, you can pick up a paper application in the lobby of the Brunswick County Social Services Building (Building B), or you can call and ask for an application to be mailed to you. All paper applications need to be received by our office no later than 5 p.m. on March 25, 2024.
To be eligible, households must meet the following criteria:
Lottery entrants will need to provide their date of birth, social security number, address, and general income information on the entry forms. It will also be helpful to include the date of birth, social security numbers, and income information for other household members.
Approximately 5-15 minutes, depending on the number of family members in the household.
No. Placement on the waiting list does not guarantee that you will receive a voucher. As vouchers become available, names will be taken from the top of the waiting list and interviews will be scheduled to determine if the applicant is eligible for the HCVP. Once qualified, those households will receive a voucher.
Yes. A single person is considered a family.
Yes. You can be employed and still qualify. Also, you do not have to be employed to qualify but income is required.
Yes, however depending on the date of termination and the reason for termination, you may be ineligible to receive assistance.
Yes. Residency in Brunswick County is not required for entry in the lottery or eligibility for the HCVP. However, those who are not residents of Brunswick County must lease a unit in Brunswick County for the first year they are in the program.
After the lottery closes, a random computer draw will select 250 entries to place on the waiting list.
The BCPHA HCVP will send letters to all the selected entrants advising them that their names have been placed on the waiting list.
If your entry is not picked in the lottery, your name will not be placed on the waiting list. You are welcome to enter the next lottery.
It is impossible to estimate the length of time it will take for an applicant on the waiting list to be called in for qualification.
The Soil and Water Conservation District office does not handle the administration of the county water system. Brunswick County Public Utilities Department is located at 75 Courthouse Drive, Building "I" (JPG), Bolivia. You can contact them at 910-253-2655 or visit the Public Utilities page for more information.
The Brunswick County Engineering Department, located at 75 Courthouse Drive, Building "I", Bolivia, is responsible for coordinating installation of new county water lines. You can contact that office at 910-253-2500 or visit the Brunswick County Engineering Department page for more information.
Soil samples are tested by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, located at 25 Referendum Drive, Building "N", Bolivia, NC. You can contact them at 910-253-2610 or visit their website for more information.
Private well testing is conducted by the Brunswick County Health Department (Environmental Health Division) located at 25 Courthouse Drive, Building "A", Bolivia. You can contact them at 910-253-2250 or visit the Environmental Health page for more information.
Pond water samples are tested by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, located at 25 Referendum Drive, Building "N", Bolivia, NC. You can contact them at 910-253-2610 or visit their website for more information.
Questions about plants can be directed to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, located at 25 Referendum Drive, Building "N", Bolivia, NC. You can contact them at 910-253-2610 or visit their website for more information.
Questions about trees should be directed to the North Carolina Forest Service. You can contact that office at 910-755-7772 or visit their website for more information.
Questions about pond stocking should be directed to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, located at 25 Referendum Drive, Building "N", Bolivia, NC. You can contact them at 910-253-2610 or visit their website for more information.
Questions about fish kills should be directed to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, located at 127 Cardinal Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405. You can contact them at 910-796-7215 or visit their website for more information.
Illegal dumping, or any other solid waste issues, should be reported to the Brunswick County Operation Services Department (Solid Waste Division) located at 179 March 9, 1764 Drive NE, Building "L", Bolivia or your local law enforcement agency. You can contact the Solid Waste Division at 910-253-2510 or visit the Operation Services Department page for more information.
Brunswick County will only cut off water to a community if the mayor of that community declares a mandatory evacuation. Even then, Brunswick County Public Utilities will not completely turn off water until such time as it is unsafe for staff to remain at these locations. If a less intense storm is anticipated, it may only be necessary to limit the flow to beach communities while still maintaining a minimum pressure. Any such decision is made jointly with officials in that town, based on storm decisions as they occur. Our goal is to maintain water availability throughout the storm, only shutting off water service to vulnerable beach communities well after a mandatory evacuation is declared in order to protect the integrity of the system in an effort to maintain both fire protection and potable (drinkable) water supplies.
Shutting off water to individual houses, especially those on the oceanfront, may provide some level of protection if plumbing pipes are damaged during the storm. However, care should be taken when this is done. Some household appliances, such as water heaters, require water to operate properly and may be damaged if left powered on without a water supply. Therefore, homeowners should consider powering off (shutting off appropriate breakers) if they choose to turn off the water at their house. The homeowner should use their home’s private shut-off valve to the plumbing system to turn the water off; County equipment and valves in the meter box should not be tampered with. There is electronic equipment in the meter box that may easily be damaged by unauthorized personnel. It is worth noting that if a storm dictates that a Mandatory Evacuation be proclaimed for a community, Brunswick County will either limit the pressure or shut off the water to the community immediately prior to the storm impact.
This is very unlikely. A typical Grinder tank installed by Brunswick County has over 360 gallons of capacity above the point that the alarm comes on. Most single-family residential houses use much less water than that during a typical day when showers, washers, dishwashers, etc are being used. During a storm event where power is lost, water usage is reduced considerably. Usually, showers, washers, dishwashers, etc are not used when the power is out thus extending the time it takes to fill the grinder tank.
During previous storm events, some areas of Brunswick County were without power for several days. The grinder tanks had enough capacity for this time period without overflows occurring. However, in the event of an extended time period without power, Brunswick County has the ability to use vacuum excavation trucks to empty the grinder tank. In the case of a significant storm event requiring mandatory evacuation, it is expected that water usage will be minimal.
If you use a generator capable of running high water usage appliances, it is recommended that you also power the breaker(s) to your grinder pump stations. If the generator is capable and wired to energize the entire house, than the grinder pump will work as normal.
This is very unlikely. Typically, Brunswick County grinder pumps are part of a low pressure system designed to have other similar sized grinder pumps connected to the system. It is rare that a pump is not capable of pumping due to high pressure in a low pressure collection system. However, if this occurs, as pumps turn off in the system upon emptying their basins, any pumps that are “dead heading” will eventually begin to pump down.
Damage assessments play a critical role in how local governments respond and recover from events. While everyone’s first response is to start the cleanup, these assessments are important in determining the needs of our community as a whole. For the county to get an accurate idea of the amount of damage that is storm-related, we ask that you hold your debris while keeping materials separated until the county has had time to perform the initial assessments. Separation categories include vegetative debris, construction & demolition debris, electronics, household trash, appliances & metal, household hazardous waste, etc. North Carolina has several landfill bans in place for many of these items. Having the items separated is key in making sure we uphold the law and safety of all our emergency responders. If you do decide to haul your storm-related debris to the landfill prior to the assessments, normal tipping fees and long lines are likely.
A revaluation (also known as a reappraisal) is a routine update to property tax values to bring them back in line with the current sale price of properties.
Revaluations are required by North Carolina Law. North Carolina General Statute § 105-286 requires each county to conduct a revaluation (reappraisal) at least once every eight years to reflect current market value. Many counties including Brunswick County conduct their revaluations every four years. The last revaluation was effective January 1, 2019.
The 2023 revaluation will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. You will receive your revaluation (reappraisal) notice sometime in the first quarter of 2023. The new values will be reflected on the tax bills received in July/August 2023.
People who buy and sell real estate in the open market establish market values. Our North Carolina State-certified in-house appraisers diligently and carefully research and analyze those sales in our local market to determine an estimate of market value for all properties, as we are required to do by law.
Depending upon the data available and the type of property being appraised, there are several methods an appraiser may use to determine value:
North Carolina General Statutes does not allow anyone to opt out. However, some property owners may qualify for the following property tax relief programs. Learn more about these programs.
For further information on additional qualifications, please email the Tax Office or call 910-253-2811 anytime Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Property values will not change uniformly throughout the county. Depending on market conditions and recent sales in your neighborhood, your assessed value may increase, decrease, or remain the same. Due to the strong real estate market throughout the country, it is likely that many properties will rise in value, but again, this could differ per area and type of property.
The effects of the 2023 revaluation on your next tax bill cannot be determined until operating budgets are adopted and the county and municipal governing bodies have set tax rates for the next fiscal year. Budgets are adopted and tax rates are set prior to July 1 each year.
There are three factors that determine how much tax each property owner must pay:
Revaluations do not reflect what a property owner's tax bill will be. The assessed value of your property is only one factor that impacts your property tax bill.
Tax rates are set by the Board of Commissioners and municipalities' elected officials annually as part of their fiscal year budget cycles. The next county and municipal tax rates will be set prior to July 2023.
You can review recent arm’s length sales of properties similar to yours in your neighborhood. You can find comparable information by using the sales search page.
Your parcel’s old value can be found on its property tax record card, which can be accessed online. You can search by parcel ID, address, or owner name. You can also search by using the Map function. To use this function, select the Map button, select the Info button, and then zoom in and select the property you are looking for.
You may be able to find the answer to your question by reviewing your tax record. Visit our Tax Site to locate your property record. If you still have questions, you may call us at 910-253-2829, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and we will be happy to assist you.
Learn more about how to request an appeal and see answers to frequently asked questions on our Request Appeal webpage.
All property owners have the right to appeal their values. The property owner is responsible for supplying information which supports his or her opinion of market value for the property in question. Such information may include a recent appraisal, perk tests, or recent sale price (typically 12 to 18 months prior of the January 1 2023 effective date) of comparable properties.
If you wish to prove that your value is different from the amount stated on the notice, you can submit an appeal to our Tax Department. You may do this online, by mail, or in-person. Call 910-253-2829 for more details.
Valid Reasons to Appeal Your Value:
Invalid Reasons to Appeal Your Value:
There are three levels of the Appeals Process:
Please note a change in value can only be considered if the real property owner can provide the appropriate documentation/evidence that the appraised value is substantially over or under market value.
Acceptable documentation should be:
In order to process appeals most efficiently, the appeals will be completed in the order that the signed appeal form is received. Unscheduled appointments and phone calls create delays in the processing of appeals, therefore it is advised and encouraged to sign and submit the appeal form to ensure the opportunity to appeal is not missed and that it is correctly documented.
The final date to request an appeal for 2023 assessed values will be when the Board of Equalization and Review adjourns, which is set for Monday, April 24, 2023, at 5 pm.
However, individuals are encouraged to contact the Tax Office as soon as possible for any questions related to an appeal and file sooner than later. Call 910-253-2829 for more details.
Your vehicle tax will be due at the same time you renew your registration. North Carolina law now requires that your vehicle property tax be paid in order to renew the vehicle registration. The due date will be printed on the new combined notice that you receive in the mail.
No. You cannot renew your vehicle’s registration, whether it is leased or owned, unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid in full.
Taxes due on the notice are for the coming year and cover the same period as the vehicle registration.
No. Vehicle property taxes on leased motor vehicles must be paid in full at the time of renewal. A copy of the combined tag and tax notice will now be sent to the vehicle lessee rather than the leasing company.
Yes. State law requires that interest be charged on late vehicle property tax payments and on late registration renewals.
Your property tax amount will be included on the new combined notice along with your county and municipal tax rates.
Vehicle property taxes paid to the NC DMV at the time of registration are not available on the county’s website. To obtain a statement of the property taxes paid for your vehicle, call the NC DMV at 919-814-1779 or email your request to their service center.
No. If you have paid your vehicle property tax for the year and then transfer the license plate to another vehicle, you will not be eligible for a refund of the taxes paid. The registered motor vehicle to which the plates are transferred will not be taxed until its current registration is renewed.
An owner can apply for a refund of taxes paid when a motor vehicle is sold or registered out of state. The refund will be calculated on any full calendar months remaining in the registration period after the license plate is surrendered to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Any municipal vehicle tax assessed in accordance with NC General Statute 20-97 is not subject to proration or refund. Within one year of surrendering the license plates, the owner must present the following to the county tax office: (1) Proof of plate surrender to NCDMV (DMV Form FS20); and (2) Copy of the Bill of Sale or the new state’s registration.
Active duty non-resident military personnel may be exempt from North Carolina motor vehicle property tax. To qualify for an exemption, you must present a copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) to the county tax office. The statement should be for the month and year in which you register the vehicle and must include your Estimated Time of Separation (ETS) date and a home of record other than North Carolina. Military spouses may also qualify for exemption if their home of record is the same as the service member's. In addition to providing a copy of the LES as described above, spouses must provide a copy of their military I.D. card and a copy of their out-of-state driver's license, voter registration card or most current state tax return.
This office is a county government office, which is made available to serve Brunswick County veterans and their eligible dependents and survivors, by the Brunswick County government.
Our office is here to provide VA-related information and assistance with filing claims for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the State of NC, for Brunswick County residents.
We are located in building "F" in the Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia, NC. (When you come into the main entrance and are at the stop sign, turn left onto Government Center Drive NE. Continue on this road, passing the Social Services building "B" on your right. After you pass building "B" the road curves and you will see a parking lot entrance on your right-hand side; this road/parking lot area is called Referendum Drive NE. Turn right into this parking lot area and follow the parking lot around until it brings you directly in front of building "F". When you come into the main double-glass door entrance, our office is the second door on the right.)
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm; certain holidays are the exception.
We prefer to schedule appointments when filing claims and completing paperwork as these procedures can sometimes be quite lengthy. Scheduling an appointment helps to ensure that you will be prepared with the information we need to complete the VA's detailed paperwork.
Appointments may be made by calling 910-253-2233.
The basic definition of a veteran is anyone who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.
For Reservists and National Guard, you must have been called to active duty other than for training. The exception to this rule is for any period of active duty for training during which the individual concerned was disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty; and any period of inactive duty training during which the individual concerned was disabled or died from an injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty or from an acute myocardial infarction, a cardiac arrest, or a cerebrovascular accident which occurred during such training.
The full definition of who is considered a veteran is found in Title 38 of the United States Code Service for Federal Regulations and Veterans Benefits, and it is as follows: