Coastal Barrier Resources Act

Historically, CBRS Boundaries were shown on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). Beginning 1/25/2019, CBRS Boundaries will no longer be shown on FIRMs. USFWS is no able to display maps dynamically and anticipates more frequent future updates. USFWS is the authoritative data provider for CBRS Boundaries. Up-to-date CBRS information is available here

For map information services, please contact the Floodplain Administrator at

Is  your property in a

CBRA Zone?


Onslow County GIS has entered data into their system which will indicate which NTB properties are in the CBRA zone.  You can enter the address, zoom in, and select "COBRA" as a boundary and if a property is marked with red boxes it is in the CBRA zone. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL FEDERAL MAP AND WILL NOT BE USED FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES.

If you have need assistance please call Deborah Hill, Planning Director at 910-328-1349 ext. 27.


An official CBRS Map is available on this site. (NC L06).

To understand how this may impact property in terms of insurance and mitigation assistance, please see FEMA's Fact Sheet

The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 established the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS), comprised of undeveloped coastal barriers along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Great Lakes coasts. The law encourages the conservation of hurricane prone, biologically rich coastal barriers by restricting Federal expenditures that encourage development, such as Federal flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. CBRA is a free-market approach to conservation. These areas can be developed, but Federal taxpayers do not underwrite the investments. CBRA saves taxpayer dollars and encourages conservation at the same time. CBRA has saved over $1 billion and will save millions more in the future. Approximately 3.1 million acres of land and associated aquatic habitat are part of the CBRS. The Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the repository for CBRA maps enacted by Congress that depict the CBRS. The Service also advises Federal agencies, landowners, and Congress regarding whether properties are in or out of the CBRS, and what kind of Federal expenditures are allowed in the CBRS. (published by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service



CBRA affects approximately 70% of North Topsail Beach’s land mass. 



The most recent legislation for CBRA was the Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act of 2005 (signed into law on May 25, 2006) which reauthorized the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) and directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize the Digital Mapping Pilot Project by: (1) providing a public comment period for the draft maps created through the pilot project (covering approximately 10 percent of the entire Coastal Barrier Resources System, CBRS), and (2) preparing a report to Congress that contains the final recommended digital maps and a summary of the comments received during the public comments period. The 2005 Act also directed the Service to create digital maps for the remainder of the CBRS.



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project on April 7, 2009. There was a public review and comment period which ended on August 5, 2009.



The Town of North Topsail Beach submitted comments (see CBRA Documents page) to U.S. Fish and Wildlife on July 30, 2009. The comments were followed up with an August 17, 2009 visit to Washington, D.C. by Town officials, staff, and citizen volunteer Gene Graziosi. NTB representatives met with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to present to them an Infrastructure Analysis Overview (prepared by Mr. Graziosi) indicating that the Town had existing infrastructure when the CBRA designation was made. The North Topsail Beach representatives also had meetings with legislative assistants and aides for Senators Burr and Hagan and Representatives McIntyre and Jones with help from government affairs consultants from Marlowe & Company. The meetings and presentation were well received by all parties.



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began compiling comments and preparing recommendations for Congress but they have recently indicated they will not be revising the CBRA maps due to funding contraints.  This does not change the Town's path forward.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife's action will not prevent Congress from acting on the bills that Representative Jones and Senator Hagan have introduced.  Once the House and Senate Committees of jurisdiction (Natural Resources and Environment and Public Works, respectively) approve the bills, U.S. Fish and Wildlife will be compelled to address the mapping issue and the funding issue they have cited will be mute.  After U.S. Fish and Wildlife amends their map, it will be incorporated into the bill and passed by Congress, finalizing the change. 

Town of North Topsail Beach
North Carolina
Town of North Topsail Beach Town Hall
2008 Loggerhead Court
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
Town Hall Admin & Police Dept
1000 NC HWY 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
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