(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)  Freestanding moorings 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.

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

(d)  This general permit may not be applicable to proposed construction when the Department determines that the proposal might significantly affect the quality of the human environment or unnecessarily endanger adjoining properties.  In those cases, individual permit applications and review of the proposed project shall be required according to 15A NCAC 7J.

(e)  Development carried out under this permit must be consistent with all local requirements, AEC Guidelines in 7H .0100 et. seq. and local land use plans current at the time of authorization.

(f)  Individuals shall allow authorized representatives of the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources to make periodic inspections at any time deemed necessary 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.

(g)  Freestanding mooring(s) shall not be transferable or assignable.  Upon transfer of riparian property ownership, the mooring(s) must be removed by the original permittee unless a new permit is issued to the new riparian owner.


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

Eff. February 1, 1996.