CAMA permits are intended to protect the environment, public-trust
rights and the economy of the North Carolina coast. To ensure that Coastal Resources
Commission regulations are followed, Coastal Management employs a number of compliance
tools. For example, DCM staff monitor projects that have received major or general permits
to make sure they are being carried out correctly. Staff also conduct routine aerial
surveillance to look for unauthorized activity and to monitor permitted development.
division's most critical compliance tool is enforcement. Someone is determined to be in
violation when they begin development in an Area of Environmental Concern (AEC) without a
valid CAMA permit or if any of their CAMA-permitted work does not comply with the issued
permit. Once a violation has occurred, Coastal Management staff can issue a violation
notice, halt development in progress, require restoration of the site and assess a penalty
for the violation.
In dealing with violations, Coastal Management's first priority is to seek resource recovery through prompt, voluntary restoration of the damaged area. The division's enforcement authority allows the division to require restoration for activity that could not be permitted, and to assess civil penalties of up to $10,000 for unauthorized work. In addition, the CRC may also assess up to one-half the amount of the civil penalty, not to exceed $2,500 for major development violations or $1,000 for minor development violations, to recover the costs of investigations and enforcement involved with violations.
If you suspect a CAMA violation has occurred, contact the Compliance and Enforcement
Representative Coastal Management office nearest you. Office numbers are available on the
"Contact DCM" link at the top of this page.
Want to know more about enforcement? Check out the Enforcement
FAQs and the Enforcement
Process Flowchart (in PDF format).
CAMA violation notices: December 2012
The Division of Coastal Management issued the following violation notices during December. Penalties are not assessed at the time the violation notices are issued; they are assessed later.
Elizabeth City District:
Morehead City District: