(a)  A "freestanding mooring" is any means to attach a ship, boat, vessel, floating structure, or other water craft to a stationary underwater device, mooring buoy, buoyed anchor, or piling (as long as the piling is not associated with an existing or proposed pier, dock, or boathouse).

(b)  A "bird nesting pole" is any pole or piling erected, with a platform on top, for the purpose of attracting birds for nesting.

(c)  Freestanding moorings and bird nesting poles authorized by this permit shall be for the exclusive use of the riparian landowner(s) in whose name the permit is issued, and shall not provide either leased or rented moorings or any other commercial services.

(d)  There shall be no unreasonable interference with navigation or use of the waters by the public by the existence of freestanding moorings or bird nesting pole authorized by this permit.

(e)  This general permit may not be applicable to proposed construction when the Department determines that the proposal might affect the quality of the human environment or endanger adjoining properties. In those cases, individual permit applications and review of the proposed project shall be required according to 15A NCAC 07J.

(f)  Development carried out under this permit shall be consistent with all local requirements, AEC rules, and local land use plans current at the time of authorization.

(g)  Individuals shall allow authorized representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality to make inspections in order to be sure that the activity being performed under the authority of this general permit is in accordance with the terms and conditions prescribed herein.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A-107; 113A-118.1;

Eff. February 1, 1996;

Amended Eff: January 1, 2018.