North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
NC Division of Coastal Management
NC Coast Scene

CAMA Rules & Policies

The Coastal Area Management Act 

Passed by the General Assembly in 1974, CAMA balances environmental protection with economic development.

N.C. Dredge & Fill Law

This law governs the dredging and filling of coastal waters.

Current Rules Governing
Coastal Development

Download the rules that govern coastal development.

Proposed Rules 

Learn about rules or rule changes the Coastal Resources Commission is considering.


Learn about how the division routinely monitors projects for compliance with CAMA rules, and view a list of violators.

Office of Administrative Hearings

A link to the state agency that publishes administrative rules and notices of rulemaking.

N.C. Environmental Policy Act Requirements for Projects Requiring a CAMA Permit

In accordance with Session Law 2011-398, any proposed development that must obtain a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Major Permit is exempt from the requirements of the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act. Contact the Division’s Major Permits Coordinator at (252) 808-2808 ext. 212 for any questions on this matter.


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