Post-Storm Coastal Reconstruction
Important information on permits and guidelines for post-storm coast and near coast construction. Please review carefully.
Construction on or near the coast in response to storm damage must follow certain guidelines in order to be safe, sustainable and meet all legal requirements. Permittees, public officials, and contractors who will be conducting or otherwise involved in stabilization, repair and construction on New York State coastlines because of storm-related damages should review the information and links below thoroughly in order to maintain compliance with all appropriate conditions.
- Storm Recovery Permits provides information regarding three General Permits including:
- General Permit for Hurricane Sandy to Reconstruct Residential Structures in New York City
- General Permit for Storm Repair Work in Coastal Areas on Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley
- General Permit for Storm Repair Work in New York City, within Freshwater Wetlands, Tidal Wetlands, and Coastal Areas
- DEC's Hurricane Sandy Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (104 KB) describes work that can begin immediately.
- Coastal Erosion Control Permit Program describes the regulated activities and permits required to undertake work within coastal erosion hazard areas.
- Tidal Wetlands Permit Program describes what tidal wetlands are, where they occur, their benefits and the permit program that protects them. Links at the bottom of the page provide information to help determine what type(s) of permits are needed.
- Tidal Wetlands provides general information about tidal wetlands including their benefits and their protection. Links on the right side of the page go to guidance documents on installing catwalks and docks.
- Freshwater Wetlands Permits describes what freshwater wetlands are, and provides links to answers to common permitting questions. The Freshwater Wetlands Program page information about the benefits of freshwater wetlands, wetlands mapping, and links to related information at the bottom of the page.
- Protection of Waters Permits provides information about the Part 608 Protection of Waters permit program the effect of human activities in and around waterbodies and what activities are permitted. Links at the bottom of the page provide information about applying for a Part 608 permit and useful techniques for working in and around waterbodies and shorelines.
Regional NYSDEC Permits Office Contacts
Region 1 (Long Island): Roger Evans, Regional Permit Administrator, 631-444-0365 or email the Region 1 permit office.
Region 2 (New York City): John Cryan, Regional Permit Administrator,718-482-4997 or email the Region 2 permit office.
Region 3 (Lower Hudson River valley): Daniel Whitehead, Regional Permit Administrator, 845-256-3054 or email the Region 3 permit office
- Coastal Erosion Control Design (PDF version 967 KB) provides design and construction advice including the how to reduce the impact of construction on fish and wildlife habitats and other considerations. Covered structures and activities include, bulkheads, seawalls, revetments, dunes, homes, accessory structures and debris and sediment removal.
- Protection against Wave-based Erosion (PDF) (579 KB) and Protection against Upland Erosion (PDF) (53 KB) contain information, design advice, and references about erosion protection structures, along with sustainable methods to reduce shoreline erosion.
- Post-Flood Stream Reconstruction - Guidelines and Best Practices provides information about construction in and around streams after a major flood event. The practices and techniques discussed here provide sustainable results when used to repair and stabilize streams and structures near them.
- Coastal Management provides an overview of the need for coastal erosion management and some of the causes of erosion and other issues that relate to human activities in the coastal zones.
- Floodplain Management provides general information about floodplain management including the National Flood Insurance Program and floodplain mapping.
- Floodplain Management Requirements After a Flood has information, advice and references about rebuilding substantially damaged structures in a flood plain and flood insurance. It gives contact information for DEC Central Office and regional floodplain management coordinators.