Aug. 29, 2011
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-715-4074
Coastal Management Offers Emergency CAMA Permit for Hurricane Recovery, Tips for Helping Speed up Permit Process
RALEIGH – Coastal property owners who need to replace docks, piers, bulkheads, houses or other structures damaged by Hurricane Irene along sounds, rivers and creeks may be able to do so quickly by using an emergency general permit offered by the state Division of Coastal Management.
The permit regulations speed up the authorization process for rebuilding structures that meet state standards. The rules also waive permit fees for those projects, as well as beach bulldozing and maintenance dredging of existing channels related to hurricane recovery.
Dee Freeman, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, activated the general permit today. It may be used in the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Herford, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington. The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required state, local or federal authorization.
Work authorized under the permit must be completed by Aug. 29, 2012.
The general permit does not apply to the replacement of oceanfront structures. Replacement of oceanfront houses requires a CAMA minor permit.
“Property owners should contact staff with the state Division of Coastal Management before beginning repairs or replacement work,” said Ted Tyndall, the division’s assistant director for permitting and enforcement. “If DCM staff determines that your project does not meet the requirements of the emergency general permit, you may be eligible for another type of CAMA permit.”
If you want to apply for the emergency general permit, here’s how you can help staff with the Division of Coastal Management review your request as quickly as possible:
Property owners with questions should call their local N.C. Division of Coastal Management office: Elizabeth City, (252) 264-3901; Morehead City, (252) 808-2808 or 1-888-4RCOAST (1-888-472-6278); Washington, (252) 946-6481; Wilmington, (910) 796-7215.
For more information on CAMA emergency permits, please visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/guest/storm-season#recovery.
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