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Riparian Buffer Protection Program

Riparian Buffer FAQs

Riparian Buffer Rules (including table of uses)

Helpful Documents

Riparian Buffer Authorizations and Variances

Buffer Maps

Model Ordinances

Buffer Clarification Memos



Riparian Buffer Protection Programs Map (PDF)

NC Riparian Buffer Area Map (Online interactive map)

Randleman Lake Watershed Map  (

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

Note that the following session laws and recent legislation have not been codified in the rules above, however they are all being implemented by DWR:

    SL 2011-394 (17) 20 coastal counties
    SL 2012(8) Neuse & Tam-Pamlico
    SL 2013-395(2) Jordan
    SL 2013-413(52)  Agricultural Ponds Exemption
    15A NCAC 02B .0295 Consolidated Buffer Mitigation Rules
    SL 2015-246, HB 44, G.S. 143-214.23A Riparian Buffer Reform
    SL 2017-209, HB 56 (Section 9 & 10) Amend Protection of Existing Buffer Rules: Public Safety & Catawba Public Walking Trails

Buffer Clarification Memos

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