October 12, 2015
State offers emergency permit for beachOceanfront
property owners with beach and dune erosion caused by weekend storms
will be able to obtain a Coastal Area Management Act emergency general
permit to allow beach bulldozing for the reconstruction of primary and
frontal dune systems.
bulldozing after weekend storms
The emergency permit regulations speed up the authorization process for
permit approval. The rules also waive permit fees for these projects.
The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required
state, local or federal authorization.
Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of
Environmental Quality, activated the general permit Thursday, for use
in the Ocean Hazard Areas of North Carolina’s eight oceanfront
counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow and
Pender. Work authorized under the emergency general permits must be
completed within three months, or by Jan. 8, 2016.
The permit may be used only to authorize beach bulldozing for the reconstruction of primary and frontal dune systems.
If you want to apply for the emergency general permit, here’s how you
can help Coastal Management review your request as quickly as possible:
make your request in person at the Coastal Management office that
covers your county: 1367 U.S. 17 South, Elizabeth City (Camden, Chowan,
Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties); 400
Commerce Ave., Morehead City (Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties,
and the White Oak River bank in Onslow County); 943 Washington Square
Mall, Washington (Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Hyde, Tyrrell and
Washington counties); 127 Cardinal Drive Ext., Wilmington (Brunswick,
New Hanover and Pender counties, Onslow County south of the New River,
and Topsail Island).
with you a description of the extent of the dune reconstruction you
need to do, including dimensions and shoreline length. Pre- and
post-storm pictures of the project are extremely helpful.
Property owners with questions should call their local Coastal
Management office: Elizabeth City, 252-264-3901; Morehead City,
252-808-2808 or 1-888-4RCOAST (1-888-472-6278); Washington,
252-946-6481; or Wilmington, 910-796-7215.