Logo graphic for the Coastal Resources Division
Jurisdictional Determinations

Jurisdictional Determinations for Marsh and Shore Activities

There are two laws in the State of Georgia that were established as guidance for all activities that occur within the salt marsh and shoreline areas. The Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) of 1970  and the Shore Protection Act (SPA) of 1979 were enacted to provide a regulatory means by which commercial and recreational development could occur within and adjacent public trust lands. Public trust lands are the areas that are held by the state to provide equitable access and enjoyment for all the citizens of Georgia.

If you live or work anywhere near the salt marsh or the beach and are contemplating clearing land, planning a construction project, or buying /selling a property, you must contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division Staff to obtain a current jurisdictional determination.

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.

Jurisdictional determinations for projects in or near salt marsh

Fourteen Tidal Marshland Jurisdictional Plants

Jurisdictional determinations on or near the beach