15A NCAC 02H .1302       APPLICATION PROCESS

(a)  Application for a Permit.  Any person, as defined in G.S. 143, Article 21, desiring issuance of a State Individual Permit or Certificate of Coverage under a General Permit for discharges resulting from activities which affect isolated classified surface waters or isolated wetlands shall file with the Director of the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (Director), an original and six copies of an application for a Permit.  The application shall specify:

(1)           the date of application;

(2)           the name, address, and phone number of the property owner;

(3)           if the applicant is a corporation, the state in which it is domesticated, the name and address of the North Carolina process agency, and the name of the individual who shall be primarily responsible for the conduct of the discharge resulting from an activity for which a Permit is sought;

(4)           the nature of the discharge including cumulative impacts to isolated and non-isolated wetlands and isolated and non-isolated waters that cause or will cause a violation of downstream water quality standards resulting from an activity to be conducted by the applicant;

(5)           whether the discharge has occurred or is proposed;

(6)           the location and extent of the discharge, stating the applicable municipality, the county; the drainage basin; the name of the nearest named surface waters; and the location of the point of discharge with regard to the nearest named surface waters;

 (7)          an application fee as required by G.S. 143-215.3D(e) with a check or money order to be made payable to the North Carolina Division of Water Quality. If payment of a fee is required for a 401 Water Quality Certification, then that fee shall suffice for this Rule; and

(8)           the information requested in Subparagraphs (1) through (7) of this Rule must be provided on or attached to the most current version of the North Carolina Division of Water Quality Isolated Wetlands Notification application form.

(b)  Maps.  There shall be attached to the application form a map(s) with scales and north arrows and of sufficient detail to accurately delineate the boundaries of the lands owned or to be utilized by the applicant in carrying out the discharge; the location, dimensions and type of any structures that affect isolated wetlands or waters for use in connection with the discharge; and the location and extent of the isolated waters (preferably surveyed or located with Global Positioning System equipment) including wetlands within the boundaries of said lands.

(c)  Request For Additional Information.  The Director may request, in writing within 60 days of receipt of an application and the applicant shall furnish, any additional information that may be found necessary for the proper consideration of the application. Incomplete applications shall be returned to the applicant.

(d)  Omissions From Applications.  If the applicant believes that it is not feasible or is unnecessary to furnish any portion of the information required by Paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of this Rule, applicant shall submit a detailed statement explaining the reasons for omission of any such information.  The final decision regarding the completeness of the application shall be made by the Division of Water Quality based on the information required in Paragraphs (a), (b) and (c), and any explanation provided by the applicant regarding omitted information provided in Paragraph (e).

(e)  Investigations.  The staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Department) shall conduct such investigation as the Director deems necessary and applicant shall cooperate in the investigation to the extent that it shall furnish necessary information, allow the staff access to the lands and facilities of the applicant and lend such assistance as shall be reasonable.

(f)  Who Must Sign Applications.  The application shall be considered a "valid application" only if the application bears the signature of a responsible officer of the company, municipal official, partner or owner.  This signature certifies that the applicant has title to the property, has been authorized by the owner to apply for a Permit or is a public entity and has the power of eminent domain.  Said official in signing the application shall also certify that all information contained therein or in support thereof is true and correct to the best of his knowledge.

(g)  Applications for discharges to Isolated Wetlands and Waters must be made on forms provided or approved by the Division of Water Quality.

(h)  Other applications for permitting or certification by a Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall suffice for application for this Permit as long as the application contains all of the information specified in Paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Rule and it is clearly specified to the Division by the applicant that authorization is sought under this Rule.  This application must be submitted to the Division of Water Quality for review under this Permit.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-214.1; 143-215.1(a)(6); 143-215.3(a)(1);

Codifier determined that findings did not meet criteria for temporary rule on September 26, 2001 and October 12, 2001;

Temporary Adoption Eff. October 22, 2001;

Eff. April 1, 2003.