Planning and Zoning

Coastal Area
Management Act

The Division of Coastal Management works to protect, conserve and manage North Carolina's coastal resources through an integrated program of planning, permitting, education and research.

DCM carries out the state's Coastal Area Management Act, the Dredge and Fill Law and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 in the 20 coastal counties, using rules and policies of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, known as the CRC. The division serves as staff to the CRC.

Coastal Management is part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which is responsible for keeping the state's environment healthy.

The CAMA Handbook for Coastal Development is designed to help you understand what types of projects require CAMA development permits.
Development Guide

Current Rules Governing Coastal Management

Permit forms

Connect GIS link to see CAMA setback maps

Division of Coastal Management  Home Page