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CEHA Communities

Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) has two types of enforcement, Certified CEHA communities and state administered communities. Before construction starts, Certified CEHA communities need to contact your municipality. Permit information, including CEHA, is available at your local building or zoning department. For both Certified and state administered CEHA communities several government agencies may need permits in order to complete your project. These include DEC, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State, Office of General Services, among others.

If your community is not a Certified community, before your start your project, contact DEC for permit application requirements.

CEHA Communities

* Certified CEHA community

County Community Region Certified
Cayuga Fair Haven (V) 7
Cayuga Sterling (T) 7
Chautauqua Dunkirk (C) 9
Chautauqua Dunkirk (T) 9 *
Chautauqua Hanover (T) 9
Chautauqua Pomfret (T) 9
Chautauqua Portland (T) 9
Chautauqua Ripley (T) 9
Chautauqua Sheridan (T) 9 *
Chautauqua Silver Creek (V) 9
Chautauqua Westfield (T) 9
Erie Brant (T) 9
Erie Evans (T) 9
Erie Hamburg (T) 9
Jefferson Ellisburg (T) 6 *
Kings Brooklyn (B) 2
Monroe Greece (T) 8 *
Monroe Hamlin (T) 8 *
Monroe Irondequoit (T) 8
Monroe Parma (T) 8
Monroe Penfield (T) 8
Monroe Rochester (C) 8 *
Monroe Webster (T) 8
Nassau Atlantic Beach (V) 1 *
Nassau Bayville (V) 1 *
Nassau Centre Island (V) 1
Nassau Glen Cove (C) 1
Nassau Hempstead (T) 1 *
Nassau Kings Point (V) 1 *
Nassau Lattingtown (V) 1 *
Nassau Long Beach (C) 1
Nassau Oyster Bay (T) 1
Nassau Sands Point (V) 1 *
Niagara Newfane (T) 9
Niagara Porter (T) 9
Niagara Somerset (T) 9
Niagara Wilson (T) 9
Niagara Wilson (V) 9
Orleans Carlton (T) 8
Orleans Kendall (T) 8 *
Orleans Yates (T) 8 *
Oswego Mexico (T) 7
Oswego New Haven (T) 7
Oswego Oswego (C) 7 *
Oswego Oswego (T) 7
Oswego Richland (T) 7
Oswego Sandy Creek (T) 7
Oswego Scriba (T) 7
Queens Queens (B) 2
Richmond Staten Island (B) 2
Suffolk Babylon (T) 1 *
Suffolk Belle Terre (V) 1
Suffolk Brookhaven (T) 1 *
Suffolk East Hampton (T) 1
Suffolk East Hampton (V) 1 *
Suffolk Huntington (T) 1 *
Suffolk Islip (T) 1
Suffolk Lloyd Harbor (V) 1 *
Suffolk Nissequogue (V) 1
Suffolk Ocean Beach (V) 1
Suffolk Old Field (V) 1 *
Suffolk Port Jefferson (V) 1 *
Suffolk Quogue (V) 1 *
Suffolk Riverhead (T) 1 *
Suffolk Sagaponack (V) 1 *
Suffolk Saltaire (V) 1 *
Suffolk Shelter Island (T) 1
Suffolk Shoreham (V) 1 *
Suffolk Smithtown (T) 1
Suffolk Southampton (T) 1 *
Suffolk Southampton (V) 1 *
Suffolk Southold (T) 1 *
Suffolk West Hampton Dunes (V) 1 *
Suffolk Westhampton Beach (V) 1 *
Wayne Huron (T) 8 *
Wayne Ontario (T) 8
Wayne Sodus (T) 8 *
Wayne Sodus Point (V) 8
Wayne Williamson (T) 8
Wayne Wolcott (T) 8
Westchester Larchmont (V) 3
Westchester Mamaroneck (T) 3
Westchester Mamaroneck (V) 3
Westchester New Rochelle (C) 3 *
Westchester Rye (C) 3

B= Borough; C= City; T= Town; V= Village

Certified community?

If your project is in a Certified community contact your municipality before you start your project. Certified communities have a CEHA permit process for their municipality. Certified communities enforce regulated activities within CEHA in their community. These communities have adopted local Coastal Erosion Management ordinance, or local law. Local government use the power of police, if needed, 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 (leaves DEC website).

Requirements of Certified Communities

The Certified community administers their own CEHA Program. They submit an assessment of their program. This is required. Every year, this assessment reports on annual CEHA activity. The law is in the Environmental Law, Coastal Erosion Management Section per 6 NYCRR Part 505.19 (leaves DEC website).

Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) Community Annual Assessment Form

To submit the CEHA Community Annual Assessment Form (PDF) via online at or print and mailed to:

Division of Water, Coastal Section
Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety - 4th Floor
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3504.

If you need additional space, the Supplemental Regulated Activities Form (PDF) can be used to list additional local CEHA activities. Please include with the Local CEAH Management Program Annual Assessment Form as necessary.

Community Assistance Visits

Technical assistance is available to assists Certified communities. Help is available with program administration, enforcement, or interpretation. Please contact Coastal Erosion Management at (518) 402-8185 for more information.

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