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Civil Penalty Assessment Option 3:  File a Written Petition with the Office of Administrative Hearings

The civil penalty assessment can be contested as provided in Articles 3 and 4 of General Statute 150B by filing a written petition for an administrative hearing to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH within thirty (30) days. 

A petition form may be obtained from the OAH here or by calling the OAH Clerk's Office at (919) 431-3000 for information.  A petition is considered filed when the original and one (1) copy along with any applicable OAH filing fee is received in the OAH during normal office hours (Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, excluding official state holidays).

The petition may be faxed to the OAH at (919) 431-3100, provided the original and one copy of the petition along with any applicable OAH filing fee is received by the OAH within five (5) business days following the faxed transmission.

Mailing address for the OAH (if sending via US Postal Service):

Office of Administrative Hearings
6714 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-6714

Mailing address for the OAH (if sending via delivery service, ex- UPS, FedEx, etc.):

Office of Administrative Hearings
1711 New Hope Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27609-6285

One (1) copy of the petition must also be served to DENR:

Lacy Presnell, General Counsel
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
1601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-1601 

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