North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Periodic Review of Rules

In 2013, the NC General Assembly passed HB 74, which established a process for the periodic review of existing rules in N.C. Gen. Stat. §150B-21.3A. The periodic review process requires state agencies to complete an initial review of all existing rules during the next 5 years, on a schedule established by the Rules Review Commission. Rules will then be reviewed on a 10-year cycle.


The NC Wildlife Resources Commission rules are located in Title 15A of the NC Administrative Code.  Subchapters 10A, 10D, 10E, 10G, 10I, 10J, and 10K are currently under review.  The Commission is required to evaluate existing rules and make an initial determination from one of these three classifications:


  • Necessary with substantive public interest 
  • Necessary without substantive public interest 
  • Unnecessary 


All rules have been classified as Necessary with substantive public interest.


Subchapter 10A - Wildlife Resources Commission

Subchapter 10D - Game Lands Regulations

Subchapter 10E - Fishing and Boating Access Areas

Subchapter 10G - Distribution and Sale of Hunting: Fishing: and Trapping Licenses

Subchapter 10I - Endangered and Threatened Species

Subchapter 10J - Wildlife Conservation Area Regulations

Subchapter 10K - Hunter Education Course 


The Commission will be accepting written comments from June 1, 2018 until July 31, 2018.  Comments can be submitted online (Click here to submit comments on 10A Rules, 10D Rules, 10E Rules, 10G Rules, 10I Rules, 10J Rules, or 10K Rules), via email to, or via mail to:


N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Attn: Rule-Making Coordinator

1701 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701


Rule Classifications

  • Necessary with substantive public interest - the agency has received public comment on the rule within the past two years or the rule affects the property interest of the regulated public and the agency knows or suspects that any person may object to the rule.
  • Necessary without substantive public interest - the agency determines that the rule is needed, and the rule has not had public comment in the last two years. This category includes rules that identify information that is readily available to the public, such as an address or telephone number.
  • Unnecessary - the agency determines that the rule is obsolete, redundant or otherwise not needed.