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July 3, 2012
DEQ Permit Requirements Before, During, and after Draw Down

Sanding Reasonable sanding above the water line is exempt. Sand added below the water line may fit into the Fill for Swim Areas minor project category.

Rocks (Riprap) placing rocks along less than 300 of shoreline may fit into the Riprap Shoreline Protection minor permit category. Over 300 of rock protection is an individual permit.

New Seawall Construction the construction of a new seawall requires an individual permit. If the seawall is greater than 500 it requires and major project permit.

Replacement Seawall Construction the construction of a replacement seawall may fit into the Replacement Seawall minor project category if it does not exceed 200. Replacement of seawalls greater than 200 require an individual permit (over 500 requires a major project permit).

Existing Seawall Repair seawall repair is exempt from permit if it is only the seawall facing or sheeting or support piling and if the maintenance does not encompass more than 25% of the permitted seawall length. Cap maintenance or replacement can be done for 100% of permitted seawalls. Additional repairs may qualify for the Maintenance and Repair of Serviceable Structures if the original structure was permitted.


Minor Permits - $50. Turn-a-round time of 2 to 4 weeks. Replace seawalls less than 200, rock riprap less than 300, maintenance of serviceable structure, fill for swim areas.

Individual Permits - $500. Turn-a-round time of 1 to 2 months. New seawalls.

Major Permits - $2000. Turn-a-round time of 1 to 2 months. Seawalls greater than 500.

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