The Environmental Management Commission has designated 15 counties as the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area and approved the CCPCUA rules which create a groundwater use permitting process. The CCPCUA rules became effective August 1, 2002.
- Permits are required for groundwater users located in one of the following 15 counties Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Washington, Wayne, or Wilson.
- Permits are required for groundwater users of more than 100,000 gallons per day.
- Annual registration and reporting of withdrawals is required for surface and groundwater users of more than 10,000 gallons per day.