401 & Buffer Transportation Permitting

The Transportation Permitting Branch works with the general public, towns, cities, and the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to assist with the planning, permitting and design of transportation projects. Their goal is to provide needed infrastructure for citizens while ensuring the continued protection of North Carolina's water quality.

The Branch's responsibilities include the review of 401 certification applications for transportation projects and wetland and stream mitigation plans, as well as conducting relevant site visits. Branch staff represent the Division of Water Resources on the 404/NEPA Merger Team. The Branch also includes staff that are associated with the Headwater Stream Spatial Dataset project.


DWR's Document Management System Laserfiche Weblink (link is external) lets you view and print files for transportation projects which include buffer impacts, stream determinations, mitigation and 401 certifications and 401 stormwater management plans. To search documents, click on the icon above

If you need assistance, please contact Kristi Lynn Carpenter at 919-707-3872.

Additional Documents

NCDWQ Aluminum Box Culvert Guidance Report (2012)