(a)  A written response to the petition for a declaratory ruling, whether in the form of a declaratory ruling or a refusal to issue a declaratory ruling, shall be issued as set forth in G.S. 150B-4.

(b)  The Administrator shall issue a declaratory ruling, except when:

(1)           the request for a declaratory ruling does not meet the requirements set forth in this Subchapter;

(2)           the subject matter is one in which the Administrator has no authority to issue a binding decision;

(3)           the question is presented in such a manner that the Administrator cannot determine what the question is, or that the Administrator cannot respond with a specific ruling;

(4)           the petitioner does not qualify as a person aggrieved, as defined in G.S. 150B-2(6);

(5)           the Administrator has previously issued a declaratory ruling, or issued a final agency decision in a contested case, in which the same facts were considered;

(6)           the facts underlying the request for a declaratory ruling were considered at the time the Rule was adopted; or

(7)           the subject matter of the petition is involved in pending litigation.

(c)  When the Administrator refuses to issue a declaratory ruling, the Administrator shall notify the petitioner of its decision in writing, stating reasons for the denial of a declaratory ruling.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 54-109.12; 150B-4;

Eff. June 1, 1990;

Readopted Eff. February 1, 2018.