On January 14, 2010, the Town of Zebulon was designated as a regulated public entity subject to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) by the Environmental Management Commission of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  The Town of Zebulon adopted a stormwater management program and submitted an application for a Phase II stormwater permit on August 1, 2011.  The permit was issued in November 2012 to become effective December 1, 2012.

There are six focus areas under the permit requirements:

a) Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts
b) Provide opportunities for residents to participate in activities related to reducing stormwater runoff and pollution
c) Detect illicit discharges of stormwater
d) Control construction site stormwater runoff
e) Manage post-construction stormwater in developments and re-developments
f) Stormwater pollution prevention and maintenance for municipal operations

2016 Town of Zebulon Stormwater Annual Report

Town of Zebulon Stormwater Ordinance

Stormwater Management Program Report

What is Stormwater Runoff?
Stormwater runoff is the water that flows off impervious surfaces or is not fully absorbed by natural surfaces during rain events. This water drains into catch basins, storm sewers and ditches, eventually ending up in lakes and rivers. Stormwater runoff can cause flooding and erosion. Stormwater runoff can pick up harmful chemicals and debris causing polluted bodies of water and destroying natural habitats.  See graphic below.

Ten Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution!

Water Efficiency in Landscaping

Construction and Stormwater System Modifications
The Town of Zebulon has partnered with Wake County to administer the Town's erosion and sediment control and stormwater regulations, including related plan review and permit issuance.  Interested parties should contact Debra Tanner, Environmental Manager, at or 919-842-7142.  For additional information, click here

For Stormwater Construction Materials, Specifications, Standards and Inspection Requirements, see the Town of Zebulon's Street and Storm Drainage Standards and Specifications Manual.  The Town of Zebulon has mapped its stormwater system.  Developers and engineers can contact Town of Zebulon's Public Works Department at 919-269-5285 or for access to the maps and associated data.

Public Education
While the Town of Zebulon will continue to maintain the public-owned stormwater system, there are also private and state owned structures throughout town. For all questions and concerns regarding the stormwater program, please call Zebulon Public Works at 919/269-5285.

 As a part of our public education and outreach efforts, the Town of Zebulon has joined the Clean Water Education Partnership. For more information on CWEP, please visit their website at Anyone wishing to volunteer for a citizens stormwater group may sign up by contacting Zebulon Public Works at 919-269-5285.