North Carolina Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) of 1974, General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 113A-100 to 134.3

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Wetlands management: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 02R.0101

Wetlands definitions: 15A NCAC 02R.0102

Wetlands classifications: 15A NCAC 02B.0101

Wetlands standards: 15A NCAC 02B.0231

Wetlands permits: 15A NCAC 02H.0501 to 02H.0507

Dredge and fill permits: N.C. Gen. Stat. 113-229

Mitigation banking: 15A NCAC 02R.0302

Coastal area management: N.C. Gen. Stat. 113A-100 to 113A-134.3

CAMA permits: 15A NCAC 07H.1100 to 07H.2700

Permit applications: 15A NCAC 07J.0204

Coastal construction and dredging: N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-346 to 130A-349

CAMA enforcement: N.C. Gen. Stat. 113A-117

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Water Resources (DWR)

DENR Division of Coastal Management (DCM)

Coastal Resources Commission (CRC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Wilmington District Office Norfolk District Office Huntington District Office Nashville District Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina has developed regulations to administer the Clean Water Act's (CWA) dredge and fill permit program for wetlands. The dredge and fill permit program requires a permit for excavation and filling projects in certain watershed areas. The guidelines used by North Carolina in reviewing certification applications are the same as the federal guidelines used by the Corps. North Carolina water certification rules include provisions for ...


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