Riparian Buffer Protection Program

NEW Riparian Buffer Rules, effective June 15, 2020

Affects: Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, Catawba, Randleman, & Goose Creek 
**Jordan rules are unchanged**

Please note, some prior/existing rules were broken out into multiple rules and/or relocated within subchapter 02B. The cross-reference tables linked/shown below provide a reference for prior/existing rule citations and where to find new citations. Additional tools are also provided to help outline major changes as well as unchanged elements in the rules:

Fact sheet 

Overview (more detailed summary of updates)

Detailed Presentation

Cross-reference table (sorted by new as well as old citations)

Current Rule Citation New Citation                                            
15A NCAC 02B .0233 
Neuse Buffer Rules
•    15A NCAC 02B .0714 Neuse Maintenance of Existing Riparian Buffers 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0610 Definitions 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0611 Authorization Certificates 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0612 Forest Harvesting Requirements 
15A NCAC 02B .0241 
Neuse Buffer Rules Delegation
•    15A NCAC 02B .0715 Neuse Buffer Rule Delegation Authority 
15A NCAC 02B .0259 
Tar Pam Buffer Rules
•    15A NCAC 02B .0734 Tar Pam Maintenance of Existing Riparian Buffers 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0610 Definitions 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0611 Authorization Certificates 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0612 Forest Harvesting Requirements 
15A NCAC 02B .0261 
Tar Pam Buffer Rules Delegation
•    15A NCAC 02B .0735 Tar Pam Buffer Rule Delegation Authority 
15A NCAC 02B .0243 
Catawba Buffer Rules
•    15A NCAC 02B .0614 Catawba Maintenance of Existing Riparian Buffers 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0610 Definitions 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0611 Authorization Certificates 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0612 Forest Harvesting Requirements
15A NCAC 02B .0250 
Randleman Lake Buffer Rules
•    15A NCAC 02B .0724 Randleman Lake Maintenance of Existing Riparian Buffers
•    15A NCAC 02B .0610 Definitions 
•    15A NCAC 02B .0611 Authorization Certificates
•    15A NCAC 02B .0612 Forest Harvesting Requirements 
15A NCAC 02B .0251 
Randleman Lake Stormwater Rules
•    15A NCAC 02B .0721 Randleman Lake Stormwater Requirements
15A NCAC 02B .0605 
Goose Creek Buffer Rules: Buffer Widths
•    15A NCAC 02B .0605 Goose Creek Buffer Widths
15A NCAC 02B .0606 
Goose Creek Variance Activities
•    15A NCAC 02B .0606 Goose Creek Authorization       Certificates
15A NCAC 02B .0607 
Goose Creek Buffer Rules
•    15A NCAC 02B .0607 Goose Creek Buffer Types and Managing Activities in Buffers
15A NCAC 02B .0608 
Goose Creek Forest Harvesting Activities
•    15A NCAC 02B .0608 Goose Creek Forest Harvesting  Activities

 

Riparian Buffer Rules (including table of uses)

Riparian Buffer FAQs

Helpful Documents

Riparian Buffer Authorizations and Variances

Buffer Maps

Model Ordinances

Buffer Clarification Memos

 


Maps

Riparian Buffer Protection Programs Map (PDF)

NC Riparian Buffer Area Map (Online interactive map)

Randleman Lake Watershed Map  (PTWRA.org)

Most recent published Soil Survey Table

NRCS Soil Surveys for North Carolina (by county)

USGS topographic maps (USGS Store Map Locator & Downloader)

 

Model Ordinances

Randleman Lake

Jordan Lake

 

Buffer Clarification Memos

*Note that many of these memos are now incorporated into recent buffer rule revisions. Where a topic discussed in a memo has been incorporated into rule, the rule supersedes the buffer clarification memo. 

Buffer Mitigation

DOT and Other Road Projects

Ponds, Open Waters and Swimming Pools

Vegetation Management/Replacement

Diffuse Flow

Buffer Location 

Utility Lines and/or Easements

Maps

Miscellaneous