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North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings

Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge
Julian Mann, III

Mission Statement:

To serve the citizens of North Carolina, with quality and efficiency, by providing an independent forum for prompt and impartial resolution of administrative law contested cases involving citizens and state agencies; investigating alleged acts of unlawful employment practices in state government; functioning as the State’s codifier and publisher of all administrative rules; and reviewing rules before the Rules Review Commission.


NC Office of Administrative Hearings
Notice of Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules

In the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly enacted Session Law 2013-413.  This law established G.S. 150B-21.3A, “Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules.”  This statute requires the Rules Review Commission (“Commission”) to establish a process and schedule for those covered agencies to ensure compliance with the law. This schedule and process requires agencies to review all of their active rules codified in the NC Administrative Code (“the Code”) every 10 years.

For more information on the Periodic Rule Review Process, please click here.

Each agency must conduct an analysis of each existing rule and make an initial determination as to whether the rule is:

  1. “Necessary with substantive public interest,” generally meaning the rule is needed but there are known or suspected concerns about it from the public;
  2. “Necessary without substantive public interest,” generally meaning the rule is needed and there is no known concerns from the public; or
  3. “Unnecessary,” meaning the agency determined the rule is obsolete, redundant or otherwise no longer needed.

The Office of Administrative Hearings has conducted an analysis of each rule codified in Title 26, Chapters 01-04. The initial rule determinations are contained in the reports listed below:

26 NCAC 01 – General
26 NCAC 02 – Rules Division
26 NCAC 03 – Hearings Division
26 NCAC 04 – Civil Rights Division

The Office of Administrative Hearings invites the public to comment on the rules and the initial determinations.  The comment period will begin on October 1, 2015 and close at 5:00pm on Monday November 30, 2015.  Comments should be submitted to the following:

Bill Culpepper, General Counsel
Office of Administrative Hearings
1711 New Hope Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

“Public comment” is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule.  Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).





  • OAH has published its Notice of Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules for public viewing and comment. The comment period runs from October 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015. See the NOTICE for additional information.
  • OAH mail service center ZIP code extension changed to 6700 (mailing address is 6714 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6700)


Main Telephone Line: 919-431-3000

Main Office Street Address: 1711 New Hope Church Road, Raleigh NC, 27609

Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday (closed for all State holidays)

Mailing Address: 6714 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6700

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