When Does SEPA Apply?
For any project that meets all three of the following criteria, an environmental document must be prepared:
Please read: 2015 Reform and Amendments to SEPA (House Bill 795)
(See General Statute 113A, sec. 1 to 13)
A private company's project could require an environmental document to be prepared if it meets the three listed criteria. It is not only public projects that require environmental documentation.
Need help in determining the level of environmental impact or detrimental environmental effect? DENR has developed minimum criteria to identify those projects requiring an environmental document (scroll to page 7).
This section provides a general overview of SEPA, information regarding other state agencies' established minimum criteria and guidance in environmental document preparation.
This section provides a step-by-step outline of the different steps involved in review of the environmental document required for SEPA.
Review Process Charts
These flowcharts provide a step-by-step outline of the different steps involved in review of the environmental document required for SEPA as well as the DENR Internal Review Process.
Laws and Regulations
The list below provides links to SEPA laws, regulations and environmental document preparation guidance.
This Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program of the Wildlife Resources Commission has developed the North Carolina Atlas of Freshwater Mussels and Endangered Freshwater Fish. This atlas provides detailed information on the freshwater mussels and endangered fish in our state and provides management recommendations to help reduce the impacts on sensitive aquatic habitats.
The N.C. Natural Heritage Program (NC NHP) is part of the Office of Conservation, Planning and Community Affairs within the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The NC NHP has developed an on-line data search on rare species, natural communities, significant natural areas and land managed for conservation and other information. You may also submit an information request about a specific site, if you are not familiar with using the on-line data search.
This is a link to additional SEPA information that the Division of Water Resources, Water Quality Programs has developed.
This is a link to the Department of Administration's office that coordinates the review of environmental documents among all of the involved state departments.
N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service • Mailing Address: 1639 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1639 • Physical Address: 217 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 • Toll Free: (877) 623-6748