General Permits

A general permit is issued for certain types of projects with little or no impact on the environment. The following types of projects may qualify for a general permit if they meet certain criteria:

  • construction of private piers, docks and boathouses;

  • protection of the coastal shoreline with bulkheads and riprap that don't extend more than five feet into the water;

  • construction of private piers, docks and boathouses;

  • protection of the coastal shoreline with bulkheads and riprap that don't extend more than five feet into the water;

  • construction of groins in the estuarine shoreline and public trust Areas of Environmental Concern;

  • construction and maintenance of boat ramps along the estuarine shoreline and into public trust waters;

  • maintenance dredging of channels, canals, boat basins and ditches in estuarine waters, public trust areas and estuarine shorelines, as long as the maintenance doesn't remove more than 1,000 cubic yards of material;

  • installation of aerial and subaqueous utility lines in the estuarine system Areas of Environmental Concern;

  • emergency work requiring a CAMA and/or state Dredge and Fill permit, such as placing sandbags to protect threatened oceanfront structures;

  • beach bulldozing landward of the mean high water line in the ocean hazard Area of Environmental Concern;

  • construction of temporary structures in estuarine and ocean hazard AECs;

  • modifications or repair of boat docks if there isn't a change in the facility's use or an increase in the number or size of slips in public trust waters;

  • use of riprap to protect coastal wetlands in estuarine and public trust waters;

  • construction of sheetpile breakwaters for shoreline protection and marsh enhancement in estuarine and public trust shorelines;

  • construction of freestanding moorings in estuarine and public trust AECs;

  • replacement of existing bridges and culverts in estuarine system AEC;

  • emergency work for hurricane damage;

  • placement of riprap sills for wetland protection in estuarine and public trust waters.

How to Apply

1. Contact the DCM field office that serves your area.

2. You must document that the adjacent riparian property owners have agreed in writing that they do not object to your proposed project, or that they have been notified by certified mail with return receipt, and that they have been given the opportunity to comment to DCM and note objections about the project.

3. A field representative will visit the project site to determine if your project is eligible for a general permit. If it is, the representative will help you complete a permit form with your name and address, the location and description of the proposed project and a project sketch. The fee for most general permits is $200, but some have a fee of $400 (see Appendix B for listing).

4. Each general permit contains rules that must be met before a project can be approved. These rules can be explained in detail by DCM.

5. You must pay an application fee to cover the costs of processing the application when you apply for a general permit. This should be paid with a check made out to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR.

6. Most general permits are issued on site.

7. If your project is not eligible for a general permit, the field representative will advise you on applying for either a major or minor permit.