North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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Coastal Hazards & Storm Information ::  Hurricane Recovery Checklist for Local Governments

This checklist is designed to provide government officials and private citizens with a quick reference to the permits and authorizations needed to undertake recovery and rebuilding activities following a hurricane. For additional information, contact the nearest Coastal Management district office, or call 1-888-4RCOAST.

 

Recovery Need

Proposed Activity

Requirements

What to Do

Protection of imminently threatened structures (erosion within 20 feet of structure)

Install sandbags

  • CAMA and Corps of Engineers General Permits.

  • Approval from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.*

Contact nearest DCM and COE offices. Note: DCM and Corps will contact Wildlife Resources Commission and Fish & Wildlife Service.

 

Bulldoze beach seaward of mean high water line to rebuild dune or construct emergency berm

  • DCM determination of imminent threat.

  • Corps of Engineers General or Individual Permit.

  • Approval from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.*

Contact nearest DCM and COE offices. Note: DCM and Corps will contact Wildlife Resources Commission and Fish & Wildlife Service.

 

Bulldoze beach landward of high tide line

  • DCM determination of imminent threat.

  • Approval should be sought from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.*

Contact nearest DCM office, Fish & Wildlife Service and WRC sea turtle coordinator

Repairing frontal or primary dunes in front of non-imminently threatened structures

Bulldoze beach seaward of mean high water line

  • CAMA Major Permit.

  • Corps of Engineers Individual Permit.

  • Approval from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.*

Contact nearest DCM and COE offices. Note: DCM and Corps will contact Wildlife Resources Commission and Fish & Wildlife Service.

Damaged infrastructure

Replace road

  • CAMA Permit or Exemption.

  • Other federal or state approvals may be needed.

Contact nearest DCM office for assistance and coordination.

 

Replace utility lines or pipes

  • CAMA Permit or Exemption.

  • Other federal or state approvals may be needed.

Contact nearest DCM office for assistance and coordination.

Sand on roads

Remove sand

  • CAMA Exemption. Note: Generally, sand pushed off road and contained in right-of-way is exempt.

  • Other federal or state approvals may be needed.

Contact nearest DCM office for assistance and coordination.

Debris on beach

Remove debris from beach

  • No CAMA or Corps permit required.

  • Consideration of potential sea turtle impacts.

Contact nearest DCM office or local permit officer and WRC sea turtle coordinator for assistance.

Damaged or destroyed septic system (damage greater than 50% of value)

Replace septic system

  • CAMA Minor Development Permit. Note: Vegetation line determination for required oceanfront setback will be made on a lot-by-lot basis.

Determine if the work is repair or replacement per criteria of 15A 07H .0210.

If it is greater than 50% of the system’s value, then contact CAMA local permit officer or nearest DCM office to apply for a CAMA permit.

 

Damaged or destroyed home (damage greater than 50% of value)

Replace home

  • CAMA Minor Development Permit. Note: Vegetation line determination for required oceanfront setback will be made on a lot-by-lot basis.

Determine if the work is repair or replacement per criteria of 15A 07H .0210.

If damage is greater than 50% of the home’s market value, then contact CAMA local permit officer or nearest DCM office to apply for a CAMA permit.

 

Damaged or destroyed piers, docks and boatlifts (greater than 50% of value)

Replace structure

  • CAMA Exemption, General or Major Development Permit.

  • Corps of Engineers General Permit.

Determine if the work is repair or replacement per criteria of 15A 07H .0210.

If damage is greater than 50% of the structure’s value, then contact nearest DCM office to apply for CAMA exemption or permit.

 

Damaged or destroyed decks and walkways

Replace structure

CAMA Exemption or Minor Development Permit. Note: Walkways conforming to certain dimensions are generally exempt from permit requirements.

Determine if the work is repair or replacement per criteria of 15A 07H .0210.

If damage is greater than 50% of the structure’s value, then contact nearest DCM office to apply for CAMA exemption or permit.

Damaged parking pads and swimming pools

Replace pad or pool

  • If damaged less than 50% of value, a CAMA Exemption is granted.

  • If damaged greater than 50%, a CAMA Permit is needed.

Determine if the work is repair or replacement per criteria of 15A 07H .0210.

If damage is greater than 50% of the structure’s value, then contact nearest DCM office to apply for CAMA exemption or permit.

 

*Approval is required April 1-Nov. 15 during nesting season for piping plovers and May 1-Nov. 15 for sea turtles.

Contact information

Coastal county emergency management offices

Last Modified: August 30, 2011

 

N.C. Division of Coastal Management . 400 Commerce Ave . Morehead City, NC 28557
1-888-4RCOAST . Email Us