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Rules Review: Alcohol possession and consumption


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Proposed rule change

The Division of Parks and Recreation is proposing to change its rule on alcohol possession or consumption in the state parks. The current rule allows possession or consumption of alcohol only at Haw River State Park and Chimney Rock State Park, and only under certain conditions. The proposed rule would allow possession or consumption of alcohol at all parks, but only in designated areas and under certain conditions.


Text of proposed rule change





Reason for proposed rule change

The existing rule pertaining to alcohol in state parks currently bans all persons from possessing and/or consuming alcohol on park premises at most parks. This limitation is inconsistent with all other State Parks across the southeastern United States. To serve more of the growing population of North Carolina, the permission to change to a system with measured limitations pertaining to alcohol rather than almost a total abolition is requested. The requested rule change will increase revenue, increase occupancy rates, increase usage of all rental facilities and will enhance the experience for visitors to North Carolina State Parks.


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How to comment on proposed rule change

Public comments on the proposed rule are welcome. Comments will be accepted online or by regular mail until July 14, 2020.


Online public hearing

Date: July 8, 2020
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Drop-in any time via WebEx to comment on the proposed change or asked questions. Senior staff from the Division of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will be on hand to discuss the rule change.

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Web password: 6E4puNMM7ZM

Call in: +1-415-655-0003
Access Code: 1615576506


To send a comment by regular mail, please mail to:

Rule Change Comments
NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Mail Service Center 1615
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615

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