Rules and Regulations

About Rulemaking

This section provides information on administrative rulemaking, including verbatim adoptions of federal OSHA Standards. Notices of public hearings and periodic reviews will also be available here. 

If you are interested in being notified of any rulemaking activity, please email our Rulemaking Coordinator, Jill Cramer, or call our Legal Affairs Division at (919) 707-7713.

Periodic Review of Existing Rules

N.C General Statute § 150B-21.3A, adopted in 2013, and revised in July 2019 by Session Law 2019-140, requires state agencies and commissions to review existing rules every 10 years. The previous periodic review was completed for all NC Department of Labor (NCDOL) rules over a five-year period ending on July 22, 2018, according to a schedule set by the N.C. Rules Review Commission (RRC). Rules enforced by the NCDOL were included in this new requirement.

The current periodic review will be conducted on a 10-year cycle beginning in 2024 and concluding in 2034. Each agency will be required to review each of its existing rules and make an initial determination from either of the following classifications:

  • Necessary - the agency determines the rule is any rule other than an unnecessary rule.
  • Unnecessary - the agency determines that the rule is obsolete, redundant or otherwise not needed.

As rule reviews are completed in accordance with the current 10-year schedule determined by RRC, they will become available for public comment and links will be available on this web page. The NCDOL rules currently under review are as follows:

All of the above rules have been determined by the agency to be “Necessary.”

In addition to the links above, all NCDOL rules may be found on the NCDOL Regulations webpage under About Rulemaking.

Public Comments

A “public comment” is defined as a written comment objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public (G.S. 150B-21.3A(5)).

The rules are now open for comment and will remain open until June 30, 2024. (Comment period: April 15, 2024 – June 30, 2024). You may submit comments specific as to the necessity of the rules either by US Mail or online to the email noted below.

US Mail

Jill Cramer
NC Department of Labor
Periodic Review Rules Comments
1101 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1101


Subject: Rules Comment

Direct Notification of All NCDOL Rulemaking

If you would like to receive future notices regarding rules undergoing rules review, which are open for public comment under N.C. Gen. Stat. §150B-21.3A, please request to be added to the NCDOL Rules Notification List by emailing

About Laws and Administrative Rules

The N.C. Department of Labor enforces various acts set forth by the N.C. General Assembly. Administrative rules which define the acts are available on the Office of Administrative Hearings website.  Links to both the acts and administrative rules are provided below: