Marsh & Shore Permits
Marsh & Shore Permits
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GADNR-CRD) uses three main mechanisms of authority to allow for activities in the jurisdictional marsh and shore areas and to regulate structures and activities that impact public trust lands which fall under jurisdiction of these regulations.
The Coastal Marshlands Protection Act
The Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) regulates activities and water dependant structures in jurisdictional marshlands. Projects that require a CMPA permit include marinas, community docks, bridges, dredging, bank stabilizations longer than 500’, modifications to any such structure, and any construction not exempted from the Act, such as single-family private recreational docks. If you are planning any construction or activity in or near salt marsh in the State of Georgia, you must contact our office for a jurisdictional determination and to find out if you need a CMPA permit for your project.
The Shore Protection Act
The Shore Protection Act (SPA) regulates activities and structures in jurisdictional beach and shore areas. Projects that require an SPA permit include beach renourishment, rock revetments, landscaping, dune crossovers, any structure in the jurisdictional area and any modification to any such structure. Beach driving, as indicated by Title 12, Rule 391-2-2, is allowed for under very specific criteria and is handled by CRD staff through the authority of the SPA Committee. If you are planning any construction or activity in or near the shore, beach, or dunes in the State of Georgia, you must contact our office for a jurisdictional determination and to find out if you need a SPA permit for your project.
The Revocable License Authority
The Revocable License (RL) authority of the State of Georgia allows for structures to occupy public trust lands water bottoms. The RL is issued as a standard component of the CMPA, PGP0083 Dock Permit, Individual Dock Permit, and Bank Stabilization permit processes. It is also issued for projects and entities that may be exempt from the CMPA process such as Georgia Power and Georgia Ports Authority. As the name implies, this license can be revoked if project compliance is not met. If you’re planning a project that may occupy any estuarine or water bottoms area, you must contact our office to find out if you need an RL for your project.
Contact your local permit coordinator at either our Brunswick headquarters office at (912) 264-7218 or at our Richmond Hill satellite office with questions or to schedule a pre-application site visit.