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General Permit for Bulkhead Removal and Replacement

General Permit GP-1-13-001 - Tidal Wetland Bulkhead Replacement with Dredging will expire on 3/11/2019. A new General Permit GP-1-18-001 (see information below) has been issued effective August 21, 2018. The new GP-1-18-001 will cover all activities authorized by the previous permit, therefore, no further applications will be accepted for GP-1-13-001. All new submissions for the GP will be authorized under GP-1-18-001.

General Permit GP-1-13-001 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.

New General Permit GP-1-18-001 - Tidal Wetland Bulkhead Replacement With Dredging has been issued by the NYS DEC effective 8/21/2018.

General Permit GP-1-18-001 allows:

  • The removal and replacement of functional and lawfully existing bulkheads either landward or in-place of the existing bulkhead, or the re-sheathing of bulkheads with no more than a 3" seaward extension;
  • The replacement of a bulkhead 18 inches higher in elevation than the existing bulkhead;
  • Limited maintenance dredging associated with the bulkhead replacement;
  • The in-place replacement of appurtenant bulkhead structures such as mooring structures and stormwater infrastructure associated with the bulkhead replacement.

The General Permit is available for use in Nassau and Suffolk counties, excluding high wave energy areas, vegetated tidal wetlands including submerged aquatic vegetation beds, and marsh island communities.

Read General Permit GP-1-18-001 (PDF, 272 KB) to see if your project is covered. If your project is included in the list of authorized activities, read the Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants (PDF, 187 KB). Fill out and submit the Request for Authorization (PDF, 1.04 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, 549 KB), is also available from your Regional Permit Administrator.

No work is authorized until the permittee receives the signed Project Authorization by NYSDEC. The in-place replacement of appurtenant bulkhead structures such as mooring structures and stormwater infrastructure associated with the bulkhead replacement.


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