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General Permit for Bulkhead Removal and Replacement

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued General Permit GP-1-13-001 - Tidal Wetland Bulkhead Replacement With Dredging.

The General Permit allows:

  • The removal and replacement of functional and lawfully existing bulkheads (including returns and parallel capping boardwalks) in the same location;
  • The replacement of a bulkhead 18 inches higher in elevation than the existing bulkhead;
  • Limited maintenance dredging associated with the bulkhead replacement.

The General Permit is available for use on the south shore of Nassau County and Suffolk County west of the Robert Moses Causeway, excluding areas of vegetated tidal wetlands, any ocean shore, the ocean front of Long Beach Island, and all of the Jones Beach State Park and Robert Moses State Park barrier islands.

Read General Permit GP-1-13-001 (PDF) (97.2 KB) to see if your project is covered. If your project is included in the list of authorized activities, read the Instructions to Applicants (PDF) (20 KB). Fill out and submit the Request for Authorization (PDF) (1 MB) to the DEC Regional Permit Administrator.

The following items must be submitted with the Request for Authorization:

  • a site location map;
  • project plans showing all applicable details and measurements to clearly define the extent and nature of your work, including a survey that depicts the existing bulkhead;
  • 3 representative color photographs which clearly depict the site of the proposed activity; indicate the time and date when taken; and
  • the Permission to Inspect Property Form (PDF), 25KB is also available from your Regional Permit Administrator.

No work is authorized until the permittee receives the signed Project Authorization by NYSDEC.

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