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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Proposal Number / TitleDescriptionJustificationRule TextFiscal NoteCommentPublic Hearings
Captive cervid licenses and permitsThe proposed changes to 15A NACA 10H .0301 would allow the Commission to issue new captivity licenses and permits for the purpose of holding cervids in captivity and allow certified herd owners to sell or transfer cervids to any licensed facility. Also, mandatory testing for CWD will be raised from all cervids that die at age 6 months or older to all cervids that die at age 12 months or older.Session Law 2014-100 contains six sections that direct the Commission to change how captive cervids are managed.  Section 14.26(c) reads as follows “Nothing in this section is intended to limit the issuance by the Commission of new captivity licenses or permits for cervid facilities containing only cervids originating within the State from facilities with an existing captivity license or permit that have achieved certified status.” In order to respond in a timely manner to the intention of the General Assembly identified in this section, the Commission is initiating temporary rule-making. Click hereNo fiscal note is required for temporary rules.The comment period is now closed.

October 7    
7 p.m.

Iredell County Extension Center
444 Bristol Dr.
Statesville, NC 28677

October 14    
7 p.m.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
1751 Varsity Dr.
Raleigh, N.C. 27606

Mountain Island Lake No-wake Zones

Codify into the rules of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission three no-wake zones that were established by the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission and create one new no-wake zone on the lake.

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In September 2013, a meeting was held at Mountain Island Lake with representatives from the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission, Duke Energy and the Wildlife Resources Commission with the intention of assessing current no-wake zone needs.  Those in attendance toured the lake and determined recommendations for existing no-wake zones and any need for new no-wake zones. All agreed that due to safety issues, the current no-wake zones at Neck Cove, Whispering Cove and Gar Creek established by the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission should become Wildlife Resources Commission no-wake zones and that a no-wake zone is needed at the NC Hwy 73 Bridge.

Click hereClick hereThe comment period is now closed.

August 21, 2014

3 p.m.

Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church
3413 Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd.
Charlotte, N.C. 28216

Bethel Creek No-wake Zone

Establish a no-wake zone on Bethel Creek, a tributary to Yeopim River in Perquimans County.

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Bethel Creek is a narrow creek approximately 150 feet wide and receives a great deal of activity.  There are approximately six private boat docks that are used for swimming, fishing, and boat storage at this time and a proposed new subdivision on the North East side of the creek will increase the number of docks and boating traffic.  Also, there are two boat ramps, one containing eight boat slips used to store boats within this proposed no wake zone.  Law Enforcement officers have already received multiple complaints of near misses from boats running at greater than no-wake speed and conclude that due to the safety concern of small children and families swimming in this narrow waterway, and possible hazards caused by duck blinds and fallen trees, a no-wake zone is warranted.Click here
Click hereThe comment period is now closed.

August 20, 2014

3 p.m.

Perquimans 4-H Agricultural Bldg.
601 S. Edenton St.
Hertford, N.C. 27944

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.