Hurricane Dorian on Ocracoke

Emergency permits available for Dorian-damaged docks, bulkheads

A damaged dock along Silver Lake Harbor, Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

RALEIGH  Coastal property owners who need to replace docks, piers, bulkheads or similar structures damaged by Hurricane Dorian along sounds, rivers and creeks may be authorized to do so more quickly through an emergency general permit offered by the N.C. Division of Coastal Management.

“This is the second year in a row that North Carolina has been hit by a hurricane that caused significant environmental and economic damage along the coast,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “We want coastal residents and businesses to be able to rebuild quickly from the devastating winds, storm surge and flooding caused by Hurricane Dorian. 

“The emergency general permit helps with short-term recovery as the state considers long-term solutions to make our coast more resilient to the impacts of climate change.”

The emergency permit expedites the approval process for rebuilding docks, piers, bulkheads and similar water dependent structures that meet state standards. The emergency permit may also be used for dune reconstruction and maintenance dredging of existing channels.

This emergency general permit, activated Sept. 17, may be used only for damage due to Hurricane Dorian.

The normal $200 permit fee is waived for the emergency permit, and, in many cases, no site visit or adjacent property owner notification is required.

The permit can be used in all 20 coastal counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Tyrell, and Washington.

The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required state, local or federal authorization. To see the signed activation, go to https://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/Coastal%20Management/documents/PDF/emergency-general-permit/Sec-Regan-Emergency-GP-activation-Hurricane-Dorian-signed.pdf.

This emergency permit cannot be used for rebuilding houses and does not apply to the replacement of oceanfront structures.  Emergency permits must be obtained, and all work must be completed, by Sept. 17, 2020.

Those who want to apply for the emergency general permit can help staff with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management review your request as quickly as possible by following these guidelines:

  1. First, call the Division of Coastal Management office that covers your county.

 

County

Office Location

Address

Telephone

Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank, and Perquimans

 

Elizabeth City 1367 U.S. 17 South

Elizabeth City

252 264-3901
Carteret, Craven, and Onslow (except Surf City) Morehead City 400 Commerce Ave. Morehead City 252-808-2808 or

1-888-4RCOAST

(1-888-472-6278)

Beaufort, Hyde, Pamlico, Tyrrell and Washington

 

Washington 943 Washington Square Mall Washington 252- 946-6481
Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender (including all of Surf City) Wilmington

 

127 Cardinal Drive Ext. Wilmington 910-796-7215

 

  1. Provide your name, name of any authorized agent working on your behalf, your address, phone number and the project location. Include any detailed information that will be helpful, such as the state road number, the name of the water body and the name of the subdivision or development.
  2. You will be required to pick up your permit at a division office. If requested, bring with you a description of the extent of the repair, replacement, dune reconstruction or maintenance dredging you need to do, including dimensions and shoreline length. Pre- and post-storm pictures of the project are helpful to show Hurricane Dorian-related damage.
  3. For projects involving dredging, please provide confirmation that the adjacent riparian property owners received notice by certified mail of the proposed work. The notice should instruct neighbors to provide any comments about the proposed work to the Division of Coastal Management within 10 days of receiving the notice, and that a lack of response by them will be interpreted as no objection. Or, you can provide a signed statement of no objection from both adjacent riparian property owners. Forms are available here.
  4. If you have had any other Coastal Area Management Agency (CAMA) permit issued for your property, please inform the division staff. Those permits may contain information that will help staff with the Division of Coastal Management review your repair or replacement request.