Application Forms & Help Documents

Pre-Construction Form and Help Document

Pre-construction Notification (PCN) Form (for 401 WQC, Isolated Wetlands/Water Permit, Buffer Authorization)  
(PCN- Word version) 
PCN Help Document
PCN Form Submittal Checklist 

Please see the 401 & Isolated Wetlands / Waters Program page for additional information regarding certification/ permit fees & procedures.

Shoreline Stabilization Form and Help Document 

Application Form for Lake Area Residence Work (i.e. Shoreline Stabilization) 
Shoreline Stabilization Help Document  (formerly posted as "A Lake Dweller's Guide to the 401 Water Quality Certification Process")

Notification of Work in Trout Watersheds

This notification form is required as indicated in the general certifications (GC #4134 and GC #4135) corresponding to Nationwide Permits 13 and 14. 

Notification of Work in Trout Watershed Form 

Stream Determinations 

Division of Water Resources (DWR) staff determine the presence and location of waters of the State, including streams.  To schedule a stream determination, please contact one of our Regional Offices.  For stream determinations in counties served by the Raleigh and Washington Regional Offices, please complete and submit a "Stream Origin / Buffer Applicability Determination" form. Click on the appropriate link below to download the form.

Raleigh Regional Office form
Washington Regional Office form

To schedule an Express stream determination (in the Washington and Wilmington regions only), please click here to find information regarding Express Review and download an Express form. 

Stream determinations are made using the standardized Methodology for Identification of Intermittent and Perennial Streams and Their Origins developed by the Division.  The current version is 4.11 effective September 1, 2010, available through the links below. Training in the stream methodology is required to effectively and accurately apply it.  Current course information is available at the Stream ID Courses webpage. For a list of certified individuals click  here

North Carolina Stream ID Manual Version 4.11
North Carolina Stream ID Form Version 4.11
North Carolina Stream ID Manual Version 4.11 Description of Updates
Trimble Data Dictionary NC DWQ Stream ID Version 4.11 (click and SAVE file)

Buffer Authorization & Variance Applications

Please use the following for projects seeking approval for activities within protected riparian buffers that do not impact surface waters (streams, wetlands or open waters). For those projects that do have impacts to surface waters (streams, wetlands or open waters), please use the PCN form.

Buffer Authorization Application Form  (new September 2013)
Buffer Authorization Application Help Document  (new September 2013)

If your project is within the jurisdiction of a local delegated or designated authority, please contact that local authority for minor and major variance procedures. For a list of local designated or delegated authorities, click here. To request a minor variance for projects under DWR jurisdiction, you must submit a complete variance application package to the Central Office (1617 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1617).  Minor variances are reviewed and processed by the Division. Click here for staff contacts. To request that your proposed major variance (for projects under DWR jurisdiction) be presented at the next Water Quality Committee (WQC) meeting, you must submit a complete variance application package to the Central Office (1617 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-1617) at least 90 days prior to the WQC meeting date. To view the WQC meeting dates, click here. Please note that we cannot guarantee the proposed major variance will be presented at the next WQC meeting. Use the following forms for requesting a variance.

Major and Minor Variance Application Form (for all Basins/Watersheds)  (updated October 1, 2013)
Major and Minor Variance Help Document (for all Basins/Watersheds)  (updated October 1, 2013)

You may choose to schedule a submittal meeting to submit your major variance request via the Standard Review Process directly to DWR's Buffer Coordinator. A submittal meeting also provides you an opportunity to:

•    Discuss the general scope of your project;
•    Give a history of your site;
•    Talk about design considerations;
•    Present new ideas, designs and technology;
•    Identify rules and regulations that may create opportunities or lead to constraints;
•    Ask preliminary questions of the reviewer; 
•    Provide feedback; and  
•    Understand the variance process.

Furthermore, a submittal meeting gives you the opportunity to develop a better rapport with DWR staff, thus improving overall communication, which typically results in shorter review times. Please note that acceptance of your variance request at the submittal meeting does not guarantee that you will be granted a variance. 

If you are interested in scheduling a submittal meeting, please contact Jennifer Burdette, DWR's 401/Buffer Coordinator, at 919-807-6364 or jennifer.burdette@ncdenr.gov at least two weeks prior to your desired submittal date. 

Additional Forms and Documents

Certificate of Completion
Sample Deed Notification 
Sample Agent Authorization Form