Certified CEHA Communities
If you live within one of the 42 certified communities, listed in the table below, contact your local building or zoning department for information on how to apply for a permit.
You need to obtain a coastal erosion hazard area permit before construction starts, in addition to any other permits required by your community's local ordinances.
DEC or other government agencies, such as Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State, or Office of General Services, may require other permits for the type or location of work you are planning.
|DEC Region||County||Community Name*|
|1||Nassau||Atlantic Beach (V)|
|1||Nassau||Glen Cove (C)|
|1||Nassau||Kings Point (V)|
|1||Nassau||Sands Point (V)|
|1||Suffolk||Belle Terre (V)|
|1||Suffolk||East Hampton (V)|
|1||Suffolk||Lloyd Harbor (V)|
|1||Suffolk||Ocean Beach (V)|
|1||Suffolk||Old Field (V)|
|1||Suffolk||Port Jefferson (V)|
|1||Suffolk||West Hampton Dunes (V)|
|1||Suffolk||Westhampton Beach (V)|
|3||Westchester||New Rochelle (C)|
*V= Village; C= County; T= Town
What are certified communities?
Certified communities oversee the CEHA permit application process and enforcement of regulated activities within coastal erosion hazard areas in their community. These communities have a local coastal erosion management ordinance, or local law, or other application of police power that the local government may use to enforce the regulated activities within a coastal erosion hazard area; the local programs meet the minimum standards of section 505.17 of 6 NYCRR Part 505.
Certified Communities are required to submit an annual assessment
Local governments that administer their own Coastal Erosion Hazard Area Program are required to submit an annual assessment of their program to the Department's Coastal Erosion Management Section per 6 NYCRR Part 505.19.
Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) Community Annual Assessment Form
The Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) Community Annual Assessment Form (PDF) (1 MB) may be completed and submitted online or printed and mailed to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, Attention: Sue McCormick, P.E., Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety, 4th Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3504.
Community assistance visits
The department assists certified communities with the administration of their local program. Communities can request assistance in their annual assessment form and the department will set up meeting with the community. The Department may also set-up meetings with local CEHA administrators assist communities with program administration, enforcement, or interpretation. The Department schedules assistance visits with every certified communities every 3 years.