Jan. 31, 2008
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
CAMA civil penalties increased effective Friday, Feb. 1
RALEIGH – Beginning Friday, violations of the Coastal Area Management Act will carry stiffer penalties, up to a maximum of $10,000 for the most serious violations. This is the first increase in CAMA penalties since 1983.
In November 2007, the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission voted to adopt a rule change to allow the Division of Coastal Management to increase the maximum amount it can assess for civil penalties for CAMA violations. The rule change follows 2006 legislation authorizing the increase.
Previously, the division could assess fines up to $250 for minor development violations and up to $2,500 for major development violations. The rule change increases the maximum penalties to $1,000 for minor permit violations and $10,000 for major permit violations. It also allows the Division of Coastal Management to weigh how much money the violator saved by noncompliance as a factor in determining the amount of the fine, and gives the Division authority to recoup some of the investigative costs associated with violations.