Areas of Environmental Concern (AECs) are the foundation of the CAMA regulations. An AEC is an area of natural importance; it may be easily destroyed by erosion or flooding or it may have environmental, social, economic or aesthetic value.
Generally, property is within an AEC if it is:
In or on navigable waters;
On marsh or coastal wetlands;
Within 75 feet of the mean high water line along an estuarine shoreline;
Near the ocean beach;
Near an inlet;
Within 30 feet of the north high water level of areas designated as inland fishing waters by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission; or
Within 575 feet of the mean high water line along an ORW (Outstanding Resource Waters) shoreline.
CAMA permits must be obtained prior to the application for flood development and building permits for the construction authorized by the CAMA permit.