The Division of Coastal Management works to protect, conserve and manage North Carolina's coastal resources through an integrated program of planning, permitting, education and research.
DCM carries out the state's Coastal Area Management Act, the Dredge and Fill Law and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 in the 20 coastal counties, using rules and policies of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, known as the CRC. The division serves as staff to the CRC.
Coastal Management is part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which is responsible for keeping the state's environment healthy. The division also receives oversight (and part of its funding) from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
DCM's vision, mission and values
DCM is responsible for several programs, including:
permitting and enforcement;
CAMA land-use planning;
public beach and waterfront access;
North Carolina Coastal Reserves;
grants for marine sewage pumpout.
The division also collects and analyzes data for erosion rates, wetlands conservation and restoration, and to assess the impacts of coastal development.
Coastal Management has nine offices:
The Morehead City headquarters office houses DCM's director. CAMA major development permits and federal consistency reviews are processed in this office.
The Raleigh office houses the administration, policy analysis, strategic planning, public information and geographic information systems sections.
Offices in Elizabeth City, Washington, Morehead City and Wilmington have field representatives, who are responsible for permitting and enforcement, and a planner, who provides assistance to local governments developing land-use plans.
Coastal Reserve offices in Kitty Hawk (manager for Kitty Hawk Woods, Currituck Banks and Buxton Woods), Columbia (manager for the Buckridge site), Beaufort (the education office and manager of the Rachel Carson site) and Wilmington (Coastal Reserve coordination, research, and manager for Permuda, Masonboro, Zeke's and Bird islands).