Use the web to find out if your property has mandatory water quality buffers
The width of the required SWIM buffer varies depending on the town, city, or county that has jurisdiction over the land. Ordinances and requirements for SWIM buffers.
Buffers are only one part of the comprehensive SWIM initiative. SWIM is an on-going, strategic, long-range effort that includes:
Mecklenburg County's SWIM Initiative
The S.W.I.M. Buffer Regulations for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are intended to apply to streams which are defined as a drainage feature on the land surface for conveying water (outside of a pipe) at the time the Ordinance went into effect (November 9, 1999 for Mecklenburg County and November 15, 1999 for Charlotte). Therefore, streams located in a pipe below the land surface at the time the Ordinance went into effect are not required to have a stream buffer. If a section of stream is piped after the effective date of the Ordinance the stream buffer is no longer required, however, mitigation is required for the piped section as specified in the Ordinance. This interpretation applies to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County only. If an interpretation is needed for streams in any of the Town jurisdictions, the planning/zoning officials for that Town must be contacted.
For more information on the SWIM Initiative contact:
Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program Manager