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
A1-A3; F1-F19; H1-H14; G1-G6Proposed administrative changes and proposed changes to hunting, fishing, wildlife management and game land regulations for the 2014-2015 seasons Please see 2014-2015 Public Hearing BookletClick Here           Click hereThe comment period is now closed. 
Pitt CountyRemove a no-wake zone on a portion of the Tar River in Pitt County near Seine Beach and the Grimesland bridge and make one technical correction.Click hereClick here          Click here          The comment period is now closed 
Pamlico CountyRemove an unmarked no-wake zone on the Intracoastal Waterway.Click here           Click here                      Click here           The comment period is now closed. 
Northampton and Warren countiesAmend the current descriptions of no-wake zones to include the county, highway designations and coordinates where possible.Click here          Click here           Click here           The comment period is now closed. 
Vessel registrationAmend the vessel registration requirements to make them consistent with recent changes to law that require U.S. Coast Guard Documented vessels be registered with the State. Remove the no-cost vessel registration renewal option for those who have a commercial fishing license, as required by state law.Click hereClick hereClick hereThe comment period is now closed. 
Disabled lifetime licensesAmend the eligibility criteria for totally and permanently disabled residents for the purpose of obtaining a discounted lifetime license to include individuals certified by the Civil Service Retirement System, Railroad Retirement Board, and the North Carolina State Retirement System.Click hereClick hereClick hereThe comment period is now closed.



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.