(a)  The local plan shall designate an existing official or create a new position for an official who shall receive, review and take all appropriate action as to applications for minor development permits.  The locality shall inform the Department of all permit officers who will implement or enforce the local management plan.

(b)  The plan shall specify the job requirements as mandated by these criteria.

(c)  The permit officer shall attend the  department's training course within one year of his appointment.  The officer shall also attend those regular regional work sessions held by the Department to inform and coordinate the activities of the local permit officers in each region.

(d)  In order to continue to process permits in a timely fashion and to avoid the issuance of passive grants, eligible permit‑letting agencies shall immediately notify the Commission in writing when the local permit officer resigns or is for any reason unable to perform his or her duties.

(e)  This notice shall indicate the method or methods by which the locality will continue to process permits in a thorough and timely fashion.  Such methods can include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1)           The appointment of a temporary local permit officer (LPO) until such time as a permanent replacement is selected.

(2)           The appointment of one or more LPO(s).

(3)           Evidence that an agreement exists between the locality and another appropriate agency for the assumption of the permit program.

(4)           A formal request that the secretary assume the permit function for the locality.

(f)  From date of receipt and acceptance of application and/or decision on an application, the local permit officer must within five workings days mail and/or submit copies of same to the appropriate field consultant or the nearest field office of the Division of Coastal Management.

(g)  The permit officer shall, on a quarterly basis, summarize for the commission the receipt and disposition of all permit applications for the immediately preceding quarter.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑121(b); 113A‑117; 113A‑124;

Eff. November 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1990.