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​Land Development Project Bonds
Purpose of project bonds
During land development projects, project bonds are a funding mechanism to ensure that monies are available to complete public improvements once development begins. Bonds also ensure that the public improvements are maintained during a specified warranty period.

Builders, developers, or owners of public improvements must establish a bond or surety as part of the land development process that remains in place until the public improvements are completed or a warranty period has been successfully fulfilled. If the builder, developer, or owner fails to meet the obligation to complete public improvements, Mecklenburg County can use bond monies to complete the improvements.
Construction and Maintenance Bonds
     Two categories of bonds:
  • Construction bonds: Required when public improvements are shown on approved plans but not yet constructed. These improvements can include trees, landscaping, roadways, pavement, sidewalk, storm drainage infrastructure, Best Management Practices (BMPs), and other infrastructure. These bonds must be established prior to approval of construction plans or signing of a plat. Constructions bonds have minimum time period of six months or longer depending upon the improvement(s) required. 
  • Maintenance bonds: Required when certain public improvements, typically roadways and BMPs, are completed, but the majority of development activities associated with the project have not been completed. 
         A roadway maintenance bond is required once the number of homes built in a subdivision meets the Town’s density requirements (typically 75% to 100% of homes or lots completed) and the Town Board accepts the streets for maintenance. 
         A BMP maintenance bond must be established once the water quality BMP as-built has been certified compliant by the engineer of record and approved by Mecklenburg County. Maintenance bonds have typical minimum time periods of one to two years depending upon the improvement.  


Bond types and required information with each

The following types of bonds are currently acceptable methods of providing funds:

  1. Letter of Credit (LOC) – prepared by and obtained from a banking institution
    This information sheet provides the language and other information your banking institution must include in the letter.
    Along with the letter from the banking institution you must provide:
    • Completed Land Development Application form
    • Completed Letter of Credit/Cash Guarantee of Installation form
  2. Cash – a certified bank check or money order made out to “Mecklenburg County LUESA”
    Along with the certified bank check or money order, you must provide:
    • Completed Land Development Application form
    • Completed Letter of Credit/Cash Guarantee of Installation form
  3. Surety – prepared by and obtained from an insurance entity
    Along with the surety from an insurance company you must provide:
    • Completed Land Development Application form
    • Completed Surety Guarantee of Installation form


Bond fees

Current Land Development bond fees
  • Posting of a new bond $370
  • Bond renewal $370
    Fee is required yearly after the fourth renewal year.
  • Bond reduction $370
    A one-time reduction per life cycle of bond is allowed with approval of the Town, County inspector and County bond administrator. A reduction request must be submitted 60 days prior to the bond expiration date.
  • Bond replacement $370
    Process and associated fee apply when:
    1) Replacing one type of surety with another type, or if changing principal owners, or
    2) Replacing a Subdivision Bond with a Roadway Maintenance Bond (RWM).

    Roadway Maintenance Bond process and information must be submitted to the applicable Town 60 days or more prior to the subdivision bond expiration date.
    The RWM bond duration is one year from the date the Town Board accepts the subdivision streets.
  • Release/Final of a bond $370
    Fee is required if date of release is four years after the original posting date.

Fees are subject to change.


Bond process
The steps below explain the procedures used to secure, request a reduction of, or request a release of a bond.

To obtain a bond:
  1. All projects must be submitted to Mecklenburg County Land Development for review before a bond can be posted. To submit a plat or project, the County’s Electronic Plan Management (EPM) program must be used.
    The Site Plan Review Checklist and Plat Submittal and Review Checklist 
    can be used to ensure the required information is submitted. 
  2. Submit a request for bond estimate for a project or subdivision by completing the Bond Inspection Request Form and submit via:
    • Email to Casena.Michael@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
    • US Postal Service to:
       Mecklenburg County Land Development
       700 North Tryon Street
       Charlotte, NC 28202
       Attn: Casena Michael
    • Fax to 704-432-2523
  3. Alternatively, the Project Engineer may complete a Bond Estimate form and submit it along with the bond request from Step 2 above. The form should not be signed or sealed until approved. If a plat is required, it should be attached to the request.
    The submitted information will be reviewed and a field inspection performed to verify status of the project. The Bond Administrator will send an email to the applicant with the approved bond estimate and the appropriate Guarantee of Installation form (either the Letter of Credit/Cash Guarantee of Installation form or Surety Guarantee of Installation form)
  4. The applicant must submit the following original documents to secure a bond:
    • the approved original signed and sealed Bond Estimate form (will accept emailed or scanned copy)
    • the completed, appropriate Guarantee of Installation form (either the Letter of Credit/Cash Guarantee of Installation form or Surety Guarantee of Installation form)
    • the bond itself (Letter of Credit, Cash or Surety)
    • a bond fee of $370 made out to “Mecklenburg County LUESA”
Documents should be sent to LUESA, 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. If a plat fee is included, documents and new bond fee of $370 should be submitted to the attention of Virginia Mullis. All other bond fees and bond documents should be submitted to the attention of Casena Michael.

To reduce, release or replace a bond:

  1. To reduce, release or replace a bond, the applicant must fill out the Bond Inspection Request Form for the project or subdivision and submit the completed form via:
    • Email to Casena.Michael@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
    • US Postal Service to:
       Mecklenburg County Land Development
       700 North Tryon Street
       Charlotte, NC 28202
       Attn: Casena Michael
    • Fax to 704-432-2523
    The bond request will not be accepted until all approvals, outstanding fees and requirements are satisfied. Please note the bond request may result in a bond amount increase due to current project conditions.
  2. Once the request is received the Bond Administrator will inform the proper entities regarding the request. A field inspection is typically conducted to verify project conditions and the applicant will be notified via email and provided further instructions to complete the request.
Mecklenburg County Land Development Bonds contact:
Casena Michael
Bond Administrator
Mecklenburg County Land Development
704-432-2526
Fax: 704-432-2523
Mailing address:
700 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202



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