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Energy Mineral and Land Resources - Coastal Counties

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Coastal Counties

The first State Stormwater Management Program began in the late 1980s under the authority of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and North Carolina General Statute 143-214.7.  This program, codified in 15A NCAC 2H .1000 & Session Law 2008-211, affects non-residential projects adding more than 10,000 sf of built upon area (20 coastal counties only); development activities that require either a Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (for disturbances of one or more acres), or a CAMA major permit within one of the following areas:
             ♦   The 20 coastal counties, and/or
             ♦   Development draining to Outstanding Resource Waters (ORW) or
                  High Quality Waters (HQW)

See this map of the 20 coastal counties and the ORW and HQW areas.

In addition, residential development activities within the 20 coastal counties located within 1/2 mile and draining to class SA waters that disturb less than 1 acre must apply for the General Permit SWG050000 if: adding more than 10,000 sf of built upon area that will result in a built upon area greater than 12%.

Map of Coastal Counties, ORW & HQW Areas

 

Express Review (only available for stormwater in the 20 coastal counties)

 

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