North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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.

We welcome your feedback. Comments may be sent to regulations@ncwildlife.org.

15A NCAC 10F - Local Water Safety Rules

15A NCAC 10F .0307 is proposed for amendment to update coordinates for the current no-wake zone located north of Hager Creek on Lake Norman. 

15A NCAC 10F .0320 is proposed for amendment to create a no-wake zone at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro, NC. The no-wake zone is proposed in order to mitigate hazards to boater safety caused by a busy boat ramp, passenger ferry, and kayaks at the State Park.  The US Army Corps of Engineers has consented to the placement of no-wake zone markers in that portion of the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Rule Documents: 10F .0307 Rule Text (PDF)

10F .0320 Rule Text (PDF) 


How to Submit a Comment: Written Comments can be sent to Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center,  Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 or emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org  

Public Hearings: A public hearing for the proposed amendments will be held on March 6, 2019 at 10:00 am at WRC headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

Comment Period: The public comment period closes on April 2, 2019.

15A NCAC 10B .0106 - Wildlife Taken for Depredations

15A NCAC 10B .0106 - Wildlife Taken for Depredations is proposed for amendment and will streamline administrative processes and align various business practices. Amendments will also remove barriers to becoming a wildlife damage control agent; create a testing requirement that is aligned with other Commission testing requirements; and allow animal control officers to take wild animals exhibiting signs of rabies when acting in their official capacity. 

Rule Documents: Rule Text (PDF) 

 

How to Submit a Comment: Written Comments can be sent to Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center,  Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 or emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org.  

Public Hearings: A public hearing for the proposed amendments will be held on April 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at WRC headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

Comment Period: The public comment period closes on May 14, 2019.

15A NCAC 10A .1601 - License Fees

 
15A NCAC 10A .1601 - Licenses Fees is proposed for adoption. The Commission is required to establish fees for the hunting, fishing, trapping, and activity licenses that it issues and administers.  Any increase to fees is statutorily limited to the total increase of the CPI-U since the last fee change.  This proposed rule is necessary to comply with statutory requirements. 
 
Rule Documents: Rule Text (PDF)
 

 

How to Submit a Comment: Click here to submit your comment via the Commission's comment portal.  Written Comments can be sent to Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center,  Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 or emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org.  

Public Hearing: A public hearing for this proposed adoption will be held on April 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at WRC headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

Comment Period: The public comment period closes on May 14, 2019. 

 

**Note: The Commission has discovered several errors in the proposed fees of the noticed rule.  These errors were caused by rounding differences in the CPI-U when calculating the new fees for the licenses.  As such, the proposed fees for 16 licenses are incorrect.  Proposed and corrected fees for affected licenses can be found here.  The agency intends to correct the errors in proposed fees after the comment period closes and prior to any further Commission action on this Rule.  

15A NCAC 10H - Rehabilitation and Captivity of Wildlife

15A NCAC 10H .1401, .1402, .1402, .1403, .1404, .1405, and .1406 are proposed for adoption. Regulatory and statutory changes have required the revision of the Commission's rehabilitation and captivity rules. These proposed rules specify terminology for consistent application and distinguish the regulatory difference between holding wildlife for rehabilitation purposes from holding wildlife in long-term captivity. To accomplish this, the existing captivity rules in 15A NCAC 10H, subsections .0301 - .0304, were revised and reorganized into a new Section of subchapter I0H (I5A NCAC I0H .1400 - Wildlife Captivity and Rehabilitation). 

The Commission voted last April to repeal existing rules with a delayed effective date of January I, 2020. The rules proposed herein will replace them. These rules split rehabilitation and longterm captivity requirements, incorporate necessary definitions and provisions to be used throughout the subchapter, detail enforcement actions, and specify reporting requirements and form contents. The new Section will apply to all captivity licenses issued by the Commission as of January 1, 2020 and to those non-farmed cervid facilities issued a license prior to September 30, 2015. 
 

Rule Documents: Rule Text (PDF)

Fiscal Note (PDF)


How to submit a Comment: Click here to submit your comment via the Commission's Comment Portal. Written Comments can be sent to Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center,  Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 or emailed to regulations@ncwildlife.org.  

 
Public Hearings: Public hearings for the proposed adoptions will be held on April 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm and on April 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm at WRC headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. 
 

Comment Period: The public comment period closes on May 14, 2019.

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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.