subchapter 03p - HEARING PROCEDURES





(a)  For the purpose of this Rule and in accordance with G.S. 150B-2, "license" includes "permit" as well as "certification" and "certificate of compliance."

(b)  Except in cases where G.S. 113‑171 is applicable, before the Division may commence proceedings for suspension, revocation, annulment, withdrawal, recall, cancellation, or amendment of a license, notice shall be given to the license holder that:

(1)           the license holder has a right, through filing a request for a contested case hearing in the Office of Administrative Hearings, to a hearing before an administrative law judge and a final agency decision by the Marine Fisheries Commission; and

(2)           the license holder may request an opportunity to show compliance with all requirements for retention of the license by submitting a statement in writing to the personnel designated in the notice to commence proceedings.

(c) Any statements submitted by the license holder to show compliance with all requirements for retention of the license shall be postmarked within 15 days of receipt of the notice to commence proceedings. Statements and any supporting documentation shall be addressed to the personnel designated in the notice and mailed to the Division of Marine Fisheries, 3441 Arendell Street, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.

(d)  Upon receipt of a statement and any supporting documentation from the license holder, the Division shall review the statement and, within 15 days, shall notify the license holder in writing with the Division's determination whether the license holder demonstrated compliance with all requirements for retention of the license. In making this determination, the Division may consider criteria including material changes made enabling the license holder to conduct the operations for which the license is held in accord with all applicable laws and rules and processing errors made by the Division.

(e)  The Division shall order summary suspension of a license if it finds that the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action. Upon such determination, the Fisheries Director shall issue an order giving the reasons for the emergency action. The effective date of the order shall be the date specified on the order or the date of service of a certified copy of the order at the last known address of the license holder, whichever is later.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑134; 113‑171; 113-221.2; 150B-3; 150B‑23;

Eff. January 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2017; August 1, 1999.