North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Proposed Regulations



The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has the authority, granted by the Legislature, to create regulations called “rules” which although not state law,have the force of law.  The complete set of rules under the power of the Commission can be found here. The handout From Proposal to Regulation describes the Commission's rule-making procedures. Below is a list of the rules the Commission is currently proposing to change, a description of each and avenues for comment. The procedure for subjecting a proposed rule to legislative review is located below the table.


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2018 Periodic Review

Description and Justification

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 agency 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.

How to Submit Comments

A public comment, as defined by NC General Statute § 150B-21.3A(a)(5), is a written comment objecting to the rule in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public.  Please note that in order for a comment to be considered, it must address the content of the rule.


Rules will be available for comment from June 1 through July 31, 2018. Comments can be submitted online (click here to submit comments), via email to, or via mail to:


N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Attn: Rule-Making Coordinator

1701 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1701


15A NCAC 10F Boating Registration/Safety and Water Safety Rules

Description and Justification

All 10F Rules were reviewed as part of the 2016 Periodic Review process. Rules 15A NCAC 10F .0102-.0110 and 10F .0201 and .0202 (Motorboat Registration and Safety) are proposed for amendment to make technical, clarifying, and reorganizational changes.


Rule 15A NCAC 10F .0301 and .0325 (Local Water Safety) are proposed for amendment to update language and references and other minor updates to mitigate hazards to boating safety.



Download Rule Text

How to Submit Comments


Written Comments can be sent to: Rule-making Coordinator,

1701 Mail Service Center,  Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701



Comment period closes July 31, 2018.

Public Hearing Date and Location

June 20, 2018
WRC Headquarters
Commissioner's Room
1751 Varsity Drive Raleigh, NC 27606
10:00 AM

Procedure for Subjecting a Proposed Rule to Legislative Review:


If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule,a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S.150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S.150B-21.3(b1). The  Rules Review Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Rules Review Commission approves the rule. The Rules Review Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission.If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Rules Review Commission, please call a staff attorney at 919-431-3000.