About the Division of Coastal Management
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 is responsible for several programs, including:
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 eight offices: