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Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Land Development
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

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Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

General Information
311 (dial 704-336-7600 if outside the county)

​Land Development Project Bonds

Mecklenburg County has made several changes to the Land Development Bond program effective November 1, 2016:  

  • ​The bond process was updated by: 
    • Adding an 80% maintenance bond for roadways and revising the calculation methodology for roadway maintenance bonds to be a percentage of construction costs. 
    • Revising criteria for changing from a construction bond to a maintenance bond. 
    • Adding criteria for reducing an 80% maintenance bond to a 25% maintenance bond. 

  • The bond estimate sheet used to establish the amount of the bond has been changed by:  
    • Updating unit costs for most line items to reflect reasonable costs agreed to by the six Towns and County.
    • Adding a summary line item for an 80% maintenance bond. 

  • Language on the Bond Forms had been changed to add the 80% maintenance bond.  

These bond process changes are summarized on theBond ​Program Flow Diagr​am.  These changes apply to both new bonds and for renewals of existing bonds occurring after November 1, 2016.  You may call Casena Michael at 980-314-3238 for more information.​


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.
 

Land Development bonds - Frequently Asked Questions​

*** Forms updated March 11, 2016 ***


Construction and Maintenance 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 For Each

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

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 DOCXinformation 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:
  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:
  3. Surety – prepared by and obtained from an insurance entity
    Along with the surety from an insurance company you must:


Bond Fees

Current PDFLand Development bond fees:

Posting of a new bond $735

Bond renewal $735
Fee is required yearly after the fourth renewal year.

Bond reduction $735
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 $735
Process and associated fee applies when:

  • Replacing one type of surety with another type, or
  • If changing principal owners, or
  • 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.

Bond Default Letter $530
Required when bond holder does not provide timely bond renewal information and the County Attorney writes a default letter to ensure the bond does not expire.

Fees are subject to change.

Bond process

This is the process 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. http://epm.mecklenburgcountync.gov/Login.aspx

 

  • Checklists are available providing the information required from you to submit a plat or project. Please go to: Land Development
  • On the left side, click on "Forms."
  • Look for "Site Plan Review Checklist" and "Plat Submittal and Review Checklist."

 

2. If you need a bond estimate, you may request it from Mecklenburg County Land Development by filling out the required form.

  • On the left side, click on "Forms."
  • Look for "Inspection Request Form."

 

Submit the completed form to Mecklenburg County Land Development. Use one of these three methods to submit the request for a bond estimate:

  • Email to Casena.Michael@MeckNC.gov or Virginia.Mullis@MeckNC.gov
    For the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson or Pineville email Casena Michael
    For the Towns of Mint Hill or Matthews email Virginia Mullis
  • US Postal Service to:
       Mecklenburg County Land Development
       2145 Suttle Avenue
       Charlotte, NC 28208
       Attn: Casena Michael or Virginia Mullis
  • Fax to 704-335-2253

 

3. If you prefer, the project engineer may estimate the bond.

  • On the left side, click on "Forms."
  • Look for "Bond Estimate form."

Complete the form and attach it to an email to either Casena.Michael@MeckNC.gov or Virginia.Mullis@MeckNC.gov according the specific Town.

The Bond Estimate 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 any other forms that the applicant must fill out.

 

  1. 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 Guarantee of Installation form
  • the bond itself (Letter of Credit, Cash or Surety)
a bond fee of $735 made out to "Mecklenburg County LUESA"

The forms listed above in bold are available at: Land Development

On the left side, click on "Forms."

 

If submitting documents through the mail, please send to:
Mecklenburg County Land Development
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208


If a plat fee is included, documents and new bond fee of $735 should be sent to the above address to the attention of Virginia Mullis (for projects in Town of Mint Hill or Matthews) and Casena Michael (for projects in the Town of Cornelius, Davidson or Pineville).

 
To reduce, release or replace a bond:
You may request that Mecklenburg County Land Development reduce, release or replace a bond by filling out the required form.

Please go to:
Land Development
  • On the left side, click on "Forms."
  • Look for "Inspection Request Form."

 
Use one of these three methods to submit the completed Inspection Request form:
  • Email to Casena.Michael@MeckNC.gov or Virginia.Mullis@MeckNC.gov
    For the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson or Pineville email Casena Michael
    For the Towns of Mint Hill or Matthews email Virginia Mullis
  • US Postal Service to:
    Mecklenburg County Land Development
    2145 Suttle Avenue
    Charlotte, NC 28208
    Attn: Casena Michael or Virginia Mullis (depending on town)
  • Fax to 704-335-2253

 

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.

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.
 
Questions?

Please contact:
Casena Michael
Casena.Michael@MeckNC.gov
Bonds Administrator (For the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson or Pineville)
Mecklenburg County Land Development
980-314-3238

Or 
Virginia Mullis
Virginia.Mullis@MeckNC.gov
Bonds Administrator (Town of Mint Hill or Matthews)
Mecklenburg County Land Development
980-314-3238 

 

Updated July 1, 2019




Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Land Development
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

General Information
311 (dial 704-336-7600 if outside the county)