(a)  General.  Project plans or work plats must include a top or planview, a cross‑sectional view, and a location map.  All plats must have the standard north arrow.  North should be at the top of the plat.  The prints must be neat and sufficiently clear to permit photographic reproduction.  Originals are preferred as copies are often found to be unacceptable.  The applicant should use as few sheets as necessary to show clearly what is proposed.  Work plats must be accurately drawn to scale.  A scale of 1" = 200' or less is normally required in order that project detail can be easily understood.

(b)  Details of Work Plats

(1)           Topview or Planview Plats.  Such drawings must show existing and proposed features such as dune systems, shorelines, creeks, marshlands, docks, piers, bulkheads, excavated areas, fill areas, type and location of sewage treatment facilities and effluent outlets.  Existing water depths must be indicated using mean low water as base or zero.  These can be shown either as contours or spot elevation.  Care should be used in indicating which features are existing and which are proposed.  Property boundaries, as they appear on the deed, and the names of adjacent property owners must be shown on the detailed plat.  The work plat must clearly show any areas to be excavated and exact locality for disposal of the excavated material. When fill material is to be placed behind a bulkhead or dike, the plan must be sufficiently detailed to show the exact location of such bulkheads or dikes, and the adequacy of the bulkhead or dike to confine the material.  Drawings must indicate approximate mean low and mean high water lines and the presence of marsh in the area of proposed work.  In areas where the difference in daily low and high tides is less than six inches, only an average water level must be indicated.

(2)           Cross‑Section Drawing.  A cross‑sectional diagram showing depth and elevation of proposed work relative to existing ground level ‑‑ mean low and mean high water line must be included in the plan.  The mean low water must be the reference for water depths and land elevations (i.e., mean low water should be depicted as "Elevation 0.0 MLW").  First floor elevations relative to mean sea level must be shown for any proposed buildings.

(3)           Location Map.  A map of small scale showing the location of the proposed work is also required.  The location map must provide adequate information to locate the project site.

(4)           Title of Drawing.  Each drawing must have a simple title block to identify the project or work, and shall include name of applicant, date the plat was prepared, and scale of the plat.  The date of any revisions must be clearly noted.  The applicant must also include the name of the person who drew the plat.

(c)  Applications are often made for permits to authorize projects that have a portion of the development outside Areas of Environmental Concern. Some information concerning plans for development outside AECs is necessary to determine compatibility with the local Land Use Plan and to be reasonably sure that such development will not adversely impact AECs. Therefore, any application for a CAMA or Dredge and Fill permit shall include, at a minimum, the following information:

(1)           detailed information on any development located in or directly impacting an AEC;

(2)           a plat showing the entire tract of land to be developed and possible access or roadway locations;

(3)           maps or statements concerning the location of wetlands within the project area to the extent that a wetlands examination has been made by a private consultant or government agency.  Each developer of a project is urged, for his own protection and planning, to procure such information prior to submission for a CAMA permit;

(4)           a narrative description of the proposed development that shall include, at a minimum, the following information:

(A)          the character of the development (i.e. residential, commercial, recreational, etc.);

(B)          the maximum number of residential living units that will be permitted;

(C)          the maximum acreage that will be utilized for non‑residential purposes;

(D)          a statement as to whether wastewater treatment is to be by municipal system, septic tank, or other on‑site treatment system.  A general description of any on‑site treatment system shall be included;

(E)           a statement that access, as required by all land use regulations, is available through the site to the Area of Environmental Concern without crossing any Section +404= wetland or, if such a crossing is required, a statement that said crossing is properly authorized.  If the site contains significant wetlands, such statement may be required from a qualified private consultant or government agency, based on an examination of the property by such private consultant or government agency.  The CAMA permit when issued may be conditioned upon the procurement of any required wetlands permit, if the need for such is disclosed by such statement;

(5)           any maps or plans that have been prepared to meet other regulatory requirements such as stormwater management and sedimentation and erosion control.

Following review of the permit application, including the aforementioned supporting data (Subparagraphs 1‑5), a permit may be issued conditioned upon compliance with the development parameters provided in the narrative statement accompanying the application.  Any subsequent violation of these narrative standards as incorporated within the permit shall be a permit violation.  No subsequent permit, permit modification, or other agency approval shall be required for any subsequent work performed outside the Area of Environmental Concern as long as such work is within the parameters described in the narrative statement presented with the permit, and included in the permit conditions.  Any subsequent change in the development which changes the parameters of the narrative, statement shall be submitted to the staff, but no new permit or permit modification shall be required unless staff finds that the changes would have reasonable expectation of adversely affecting an Area of Environmental Concern or rendering the project inconsistent with Local Land Use Plans.  Nothing in this Rule would prohibit an applicant from proceeding with work outside an AEC that cannot reasonably be determined to have a direct adverse impact on the AEC while a permit application for work in the AEC is pending provided that all other necessary local, state, and federal permits have been obtained.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A‑119; 113A‑124;

Eff. March 15, 1978;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1989.