15A NCAC 07J .0204       PROCESSING THE APPLICATION

(a)  On receipt of a CAMA major development and/or dredge and fill permit application by the Department, a letter shall be sent to the applicant acknowledging receipt.

(b)  Application processing shall begin when an application is accepted as complete.  Before an application will be accepted as complete, the following requirements must be met;

(1)           a current application form must be submitted;

(2)           all questions on the application form must be completed or the letters "N/A" must be placed in each section that does not apply;

(3)           an accurate work plan as described in 15A NCAC 7J .0203 herein must be attached to all CAMA major development and/or dredge and fill permit applications;

(4)           a copy of a deed or other instrument under which the applicant claims title must accompany a CAMA major development and/or dredge and fill permit application;

(5)           notice to adjacent riparian landowners must be given as follows:

(A)          Certified return mail receipts (or copies thereof) indicating that adjacent riparian landowners (as identified in the permit application) have been sent a copy of the application for the proposed development must be included in a CAMA major development and/or dredge and fill permit application.  Said landowners have 30 days from the date of notification in which to comment.  Such comments will be considered by the Department in reaching a final decision on the application.

(B)          For CAMA minor development permits, the applicant must give actual notice of his intention to develop his property and apply for a CAMA minor development permit to all adjacent riparian landowners.  Actual notice can be given by sending a certified letter, informing the adjoining property owner in person or by telephone, or by using any other method which satisfies the Local Permit Officers that a good faith effort has been made to provide the required notice;

(6)           the application fee must be paid as set out in this Subparagraph:

(A)          Major development permit ‑ Application fees shall be in the form of a check or money order payable to the Department.  The application fee for private, non-commercial development shall be two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).  The application fee for a public or commercial project shall be four hundred dollars ($400.00). 

(B)          Minor development permit ‑ Application fees shall be in the form of a check or money order payable to the permit-letting agency in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00).  Monies so collected may be used only in the administration of the permit program;

(7)           any other information the Department or local permit officer deems necessary for a review of the application must be provided.  Any application not in compliance with these requirements will be returned to the applicant along with a cover letter explaining the deficiencies of the application and will not be considered accepted until it is resubmitted and determined to be complete and sufficient.  If a local permit officer receives an application for a permit that the local permit officer lacks authority to grant, the permit officer shall return the application with information as to how the application may be properly considered; and

(8)           for development proposals subject to review under the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act (NCEPA), G.S. 113A‑100 et. seq., the permit application will be complete only on submission of the appropriate environmental assessment document.

(c)  Upon acceptance of a major development and/or dredge and fill permit as complete, the Department shall send a letter to the applicant setting forth the data on which acceptance was made.

(d)  If the application is found to be incomplete or inaccurate after processing has begun or if additional information from the applicant is necessary to adequately assess the project, the processing shall be terminated pending receipt of the necessary changes or necessary information from the applicant.  During the pendency of any termination of processing, the permit processing period shall not run.  If the changes or additional information significantly alters the project proposal, the application shall be considered new and the permit processing period will begin to run from that date.

(e)  Any violation occurring at a proposed project site for which an application is being reviewed shall be processed according to the procedures in 15A NCAC 7J .0408 ‑ 0410.  If the violation substantially altered the proposed project site, and restoration is deemed necessary, the applicant shall be notified that processing of the application will be suspended pending compliance with the notice of required restoration.  Satisfactory restoration of any unauthorized development that has substantially altered a project site is deemed necessary to allow a complete review of the application and an accurate assessment of the project's potential impacts.  The applicant shall be notified that permit processing has resumed, and that a new processing deadline has been established once the required restoration has been deemed satisfactory by the Division of Coastal Management or Local Permit Officer.

(f)  If during the public comment period a question is raised as to public rights of access across the subject property, the Division of Coastal Management shall examine the access issue prior to making a permit decision.  Any individual or governmental entity initiating action to judicially recognize a public right of access must obtain a court order to suspend processing of the permit application.  Should the parties to legal action resolve the issue, permit processing shall continue.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑229; 113A‑119; 113A‑119.1; 113A‑122(c); 113A‑124;

Eff. March 15, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1991; March 1, 1991; July 1, 1990; July 1, 1989;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 2, 1998;

Temporary Amendment Expired June 28, 1999;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2000.