19A NCAC 02E .0604      CONDITIONS OF selective vegetation removal Permit for facilities

The following apply to the conditions of selective vegetation removal permit for facilities:

(1)           Selected vegetation, within the approved limits as set forth in Rule .0602(c) of this Section may be cut, thinned, pruned, or removed by the permittee in accordance with the standards set out in G.S. 136-133.4;

(3)           The permittee shall furnish a Performance Bond, or certified check or cashier's check made payable to North Carolina Department of Transportation for the sum of two thousand dollars ($2,000).  The Performance Bond, or certified check or cashier's check shall cover all restoration of the right of way to the condition prior to the occurrence of the damage caused by the permittee or the permittee's agent, if damage occurs during the permitted selective vegetation removal.  The Performance Bond, or certified check or cashier's check shall be paid with the application before each permit to cut vegetation is issued.  The Performance Bond, or certified check or cashier's check shall run concurrently with the permit.  The Performance Bond, or certified check or cashier's check shall be released after a final inspection of the work by the Department reveals that all work provided for and specified by the permit is found to be completed and all damages to the right of way, including damage to fencing and other structures within the right-of-way, have been repaired or restored to the condition prior to the occurrence of the damage caused by the permittee or the permittee's agent;

(4)           Companies that plan to apply for two or more permits may provide continuing bonds for the sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) and that type of bond shall be kept on file by the Utilities Unit of the Department;

(5)           If the work is to be performed by any entity other than the permittee, either the permittee or the other entity shall furnish the Performance Bond or certified check or cashier's check, as described in this Rule, for all work provided for and specified by the permit.  Required forms for all bonds are available upon request from the Department and may be found on the Department's website www.ncdot.gov.  Bonds are to be furnished with the selective vegetation removal application form to the official assigned to receive selective vegetation removal applications at the local North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Highways Office;

(6)           The permittee shall also provide proof of liability insurance coverage of five million dollars ($5,000,000). Whoever performs the work, the permittee, his contractor, or agent, shall maintain workers’ compensation and vehicle liability insurance coverage.  The permittee, his contractor, and agent may be liable for any losses due to the negligence or willful misconduct of his agents, assigns, and employees.  The permittee may, in lieu of providing proof of liability insurance as described in this Item, be shown as an additional insured on the general liability policy of the approved contractor or agent to perform the permitted work on condition that the contractor or agent's policy is coverage of five million dollars ($5,000,000) and the permittee provides proof to the Department of the coverage.  The permittee or contractor or agent providing the coverage shall also name the Department as an additional insured on its general liability policy and provide the Department with a copy of the certificate showing the Department named as an additional insured. Regardless of which entity provides the proof of general liability insurance, the required limit of insurance may be obtained by a single general liability policy or the combination of a general liability and excess liability or umbrella policy;

(7)           The permittee shall provide a document verifying the requested selective vegetation removal site location in relationship to corporate limits of a municipality.  The document shall be a current geographic information system map of the nearest municipality, with color-coded boundary lines and a corresponding key or legend indicating corporate limit and territorial jurisdiction boundaries and indicating the precise location of the business facility.  The permittee shall also provide the property tax identification number for the parcel on which the facility is located.  The Department may require additional information if the boundary or facility location remains in question;

(8)           Access from the highway main travel way shall be allowed only for surveying or delineation work in preparation for and in the processing of an application for a selective vegetation removal permit;

(9)           The permittee shall perform site marking of the maximum vegetation cut or removal zone. The applicant shall mark the permitted cutting distances according to Rule .0602(c) of this Section. The two maximum points along the right-of-way boundary (or fence if there is a control of access fence) shall be marked with visible flagging tape.  The two maximum points, corresponding to the beginning point and the ending point along the edge of the pavement of the travel way, perpendicular to the maximum points marked along the right-of-way boundary, shall be marked with spray paint.  If the facility is located next to an acceleration or deceleration ramp, the two corresponding maximum points shall be marked along the edge of the pavement of the travel way of the ramp instead of the mainline of the roadway;

(10)         The permittee shall tag, with visible material or flagging, trees, according to Rule .0602(b) of this Section, with a diameter of four caliper inches and larger, as measured six inches above ground level at the time of the application that are screening the facility from view and are requested to be cut, thinned, pruned, or removed within the maximum vegetation cut or removal zone.  Trees tagged for cutting, thinning, pruning, or removal shall match with the trees shown on the required sketch of the requested vegetation cut or removal zone;

(11)         The Department may disapprove the requested cutting, thinning, pruning, or removal of selected trees of four caliper inches or greater in diameter, as measured six inches above ground level that are not screening the facility from view from the roadway.  The Department shall make this determination by allowing selective thinning of tree density that opens the view to the facility or agritourism activities across the entire length of the maximum cut or removal zone, without complete removal of all trees and other vegetation.  The Department shall disapprove cutting, thinning, pruning, or removal of dogwood and redbud trees that may have been tagged in error. If trees are disapproved for cutting, thinning, pruning, or removal, the Department shall specify those trees to the applicant during the site review.  The applicant shall remove the tree flagging for the disapproved trees and submit to the Department by electronic means (including electronic mail or facsimile) an amended version of the original sketch of the site by indicating the changes on the sketch and initialing and dating the changes thereon;

(12)         If any cutting, thinning, pruning, or  removal of vegetation from any portion of but less than the entirety of the maximum vegetation cutting or removal zone is prohibited due to conservation easements, conditions or other restrictions affecting the right of way to which the State is subjected or agrees in writing to subject itself, or State or Federal rules, statutes, or permits, the permittee shall comply with applicable easements, rules, statutes, or permits for those portions of vegetation. 

(a)           If applicable conservation easements, or conditions affecting the right of way to which the State is subjected or agrees in writing to subject itself and other restrictions agreed upon by the State in writing in the right of way, State or Federal rules, statutes, or permits allow certain degrees and methods of cutting, thinning, pruning, or removal for portions of vegetation, the permittee shall comply with applicable easements, State or Federal rules, statutes, or permits including equipment type for those portions of vegetation. 

(b)           Portions of the maximum cutting or removal zone not within a conservation easement nor applicable to conditions affecting the right of way to which the State is subjected or agrees in writing to subject itself and other restrictions agreed upon by the State in writing in the right of way, nor regulated by State or Federal rules, statutes, or permits regulating vegetation removal and other activities shall be governed by standards set out in G.S. 136-93;

(13)         The permittee shall adhere to erosion control requirements, according to the North Carolina General Statutes, Article 4, Chapter 113A entitled:  Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973;

(14)         A Division of Highways Inspector may be present while work is underway.  The presence or absence of a Division of Highways inspector at the work site does not lessen the permittee's responsibility for conformity with the requirements of the permit. When a present inspector fails to point out work that does not conform with the requirements, it does not prevent later notification to the permittee that the work is not in compliance with the permit;

(15)         A selective vegetation removal permit shall be secured for each applicable facility prior to performing any vegetation removal work.  The Permittee or its contractor or agent shall have a copy of the selective vegetation removal permit on the work site at all times during any phase of selective vegetation cutting, thinning, trimming, pruning, removal, or planting operations;

(16)         When the Division Engineer ("Engineer") or his representative observes unsafe operations, activities, or conditions, he shall suspend work. Work shall not resume until the unsafe operations, activities, or conditions have been eliminated or corrected.  Failure to comply with any of the federal and State laws, ordinances, and regulations governing safety and traffic control shall result in suspension of work. The permittee shall adhere to safety requirements, according to the North Carolina G.S. 95, Article 16, entitled:  Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina. Traffic control shall be in accordance with G.S. 136-30 and 19A NCAC 02B .0208;

(17)         The permittee or its contractor or agent shall take measures to locate and protect utilities within the highway right-of-way within the work area of the selective vegetation removal zone. The permittee may be responsible for restoration of any losses or damages to utilities caused by any actions of the permittee or its contractors or agents to the satisfaction of the utility owner;

(18)         Permits are valid for a period of one year and the permittee may cut, thin, prune, or remove vegetation more than one time during the permit year.  If the applicant applies for and is approved for another permit at the same site during an existing permit year, the previous permit shall become null and void at the same time the new permit is issued;

(19)         The permittee shall provide to the Department a 48-hour notification before entering the right-of-way for any work covered by the conditions of the permit. The permittee shall schedule all work with the Department.  The permittee shall notify the Department in advance of work scheduled for nights, weekends, and holidays.  The Department may modify the permittee's work schedule for nights, weekends, and holidays.  When the Department restricts construction in work zones for the safety of the traveling public, the Department shall deny access to the right-of-way for selective vegetation removal;

(20)         If work is planned in an active work zone, the permittee shall receive written permission from the contractor or the Department if the Department's employees are performing the work. The permittee shall provide the Division Engineer with a copy of the written permission;

(21)         Sites with vegetation not presenting a hazard from falling tree parts and follow-up work shall be restricted to individual and manual-operated power equipment and hand-held tools;

(22)         The Department may allow use of power-driven vegetation removal equipment (such as excavator-based land clearing attachments, skid-steer cutters, and bucket trucks) if the Department determines that the use of such equipment will not cause undue safety hazards, any erosion, or unreasonable damage to the right-of-way, and may allow access from the private property side to the right-of-way.  Tree removal that presents a hazard from falling tree parts shall be performed in accordance with the current edition and subsequent amendments and editions of the American National Standard for Arboricultural Operations-Safety Requirements ANSI Z133.1, approved by the American National Standards Institute and published by the International Society of Arboriculture that is hereby incorporated.  Copies of the Standard are available for inspection in the office of the State Roadside Environmental Engineer, Division of Highways, Raleigh, N.C. Copies of the Standard may be obtained from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) for a twenty dollars ($20.00) cost. The ISA can be contacted at P.O. Box 3129 Champaign, Illinois 61826 or by accessing this website: http://www.isa-arbor.com/;

(23)         The Department shall determine the traffic control signage that shall be required. The permittee shall furnish, erect, and maintain the required signs as directed by the Department in accordance with G.S. 136-30;

(24)         The height of stumps remaining after tree removal shall not exceed four inches above the surrounding ground level. The work site shall be left with all vegetation cut, thinned, or pruned at the site either removed or chipped and spread in accordance with G.S. 136-133.4 at the end of each workday;

(25)         An applicant for a selective vegetation removal permit for a facility or agritourism activities issued pursuant to Rule .0602 of this Section may appeal a decision of the Department pertaining to the denial or conditioning of a permit for selective vegetation removal in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 136-133.3; and

(26)         Upon completion of all work, the Department shall notify the permittee in writing of acceptance, terminate the permit, and return the Performance Bond, or certified or cashier's check to the permittee. For replanting work, a different release schedule shall be applicable according to Rule .0611 of this Section. The permittee may terminate the permit at any time and request return of the Performance Bond or certified or cashier's check. The termination and request for return of the Performance Bond or certified or cashier's check shall be made in writing and sent to the Division Engineer.

 

History Note:        Authority 136-18(5); 136-18(7); 136-18(9); 136-30; 136-93; 136-93.3; 136-133.4; 136-133.4(e);

Temporary Rule Eff. April 13, 1982 for a Period of 48 Days to Expire on June 1, 1982;

Eff. June 1, 1982;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2015; November 1, 2012; August 1, 2000; November 1, 1991; August 1, 1985; August 1, 1982; June 2, 1982.