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401 & Buffer Permitting Statutes & Rules

*Note: Updates to rules are forthcoming. To view the current, most up-to-date rules and regulations, links and chapter/ section information have been provided below to search the NC Office of Administrative Hearing Administraive Code Online.

Streams, Wetlands, Waters

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

Procedures for Permits

Links to OAH Administrative Code Online. Note citation below to search from the master list.
15A NCAC 02H .0500    401 Water Quality Certification Rules
15A NCAC 02H .1300     Isolated Wetlands and Waters (non-404) Rules

Surface Water and Wetland Standards

Links to OAH Administrative Code Online. Note citation below to search from the master list.
15A NCAC 02B .0100, .0200, .0300   Classifications and Standards
15A NCAC 02B .0200 (.0211-.0222)    Stream Standards
15A NCAC 02B .0231                        Wetlands Standards 
15A NCAC 02B .0230                       Activities deemed to comply with Wetlands Standards

Riparian Buffers

Links to OAH Administrative Code Online. Note citation below to search from the master list.
15A NCAC 02B .0233    Neuse River Basin Buffer Rule  
15A NCAC 02B .0259    Tar-Pamlico River Basin Buffer Rule  
15A NCAC 02B .0243    Catawba River Basin Buffer Rule  
15A NCAC 02B .0250    Randleman Lake Water Supply Watershed Buffer Rule   
15A NCAC 02B .0267    Jordan Lake Water Supply Watershed Buffer Rule  
15A NCAC 02B .0605    Goose Creek Watershed Water Quality Management Plans: Buffer Widths Rule  
15A NCAC 02B .0606    Goose Creek Watershed: Buffer Variance Rule  
15A NCAC 02B .0607    Goose Creek Watershed: Buffer Rule  
15A NCAC 02B .0608    Goose Creek Watershed: Forest Harvesting Requirements Rule  
Interpretive Ruling on USDA Soil Survey Maps

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:
    Session Law 2011-394 Section 17    20 Coastal Counties
    Session Law 2012-200 Section 8     Neuse & Tam-Pamlico
    Session Law 2013-395 Section 2     Jordan
    Session Law 2013-413 Section 52    Agricultural Ponds Exemption    
    Session Law 2015-246, House Bill 44, G.S. 143-214.23A    Riparian Buffer Reform
    Session Law 2017-209   Section 9 (public safety) Section 10 (Catawba greenways)

Mitigation

Links to OAH Administrative Code Online. Note citation below to search from the master list.
15A NCAC 02B .0295  Consolidated Buffer Mitigation Rule  
15A NCAC 02H .0506(h) and 15A NCAC 02H .1305(g)  Review of Applications
15A NCAC 02B .0240  Nutrient Offset Payments 
G.S. 143-214.26       Nutrient Offset Credits
G.S. 143-214.11        Compensatory Mitigation Options
G.S. 143-214.20       Compensatory Mitigation Fees
Session Law 2009-337
Session Law 2011-343
Session Law 2017-10 [Section 3.13.(a)]
Session Law 2017-145
 

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