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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Information for beach-related work post Hurricane Nicholas

Many Galveston residents are working on beach-related projects to repair damages in the wake of Hurricane Nicholas, and the Coastal Resources Division wishes to supply the information you need as you perform this work.

The City did not qualify for the state's emergency rules exceptions for beach permits because we were thankfully spared the worst of the storm. On Friday, September 24, 2021, the General Land Office announced: “After reviewing damage assessments conducted by our office, the General Land Office has made the decision not to issue emergency rules for Hurricane Nicholas since the administrative and regulatory requirements for issuing these rules have not been met and there is no remaining threat to public health and safety due to storm damages.” 

Through the Beachfront Construction Certificate and Dune Protection Permit (BCC/DPP) process, the City of Galveston’s Coastal Resources Division oversees all additions or alterations to any structure (construction) within the land adjacent to and landward of public beaches up to 1,000 feet of mean high tide. In the absence of emergency rules from the State, all activities, including certain storm recovery efforts which would traditionally require obtaining a BCC/DPP will continue to do so. There are currently no valid approvals from Laura/Beta allowing for work on properties without going through the BCC/DPP process.

What does this mean for you?

A BCC/DPP is not required* to repair storm damages such as;

  • Roof repair
  • Siding repair
  • Replacing damaged enclosures (louvered/latticed walls)
  • Replacing impacted sand fencing
  • Rebuilding stairs to access the beach which do not require additional pilings

*Building permits and other appropriate approvals will continue to be required.

A BCC/DPP is required to:

  • Repair or rebuild walkovers or beach accesses which require the placement of pilings
  • Place sand-fill/restore dunes in front of a property
  • Remove and replaced damaged fibercrete sections
  • Install new areas of sand fence or dune materials (hay bales/Christmas trees) to restore dunes

Many were negatively impacted by Hurricane Nicholas and there have been a significant number of homes observed replacing the washed away sand and installing dune restoration materials. We understand that many are trying their best to protect their homes, therefore to avoid a widespread enforcement action on these individuals, the Coastal Resources Division is asking for anyone who has done work, which necessitates a BCC/DPP to come into voluntary compliance through applying for an after the fact permit and that anyone still in need of making these repairs go through the BCC/DPP process before taking any actions.

Homeowners identified as having done unpermitted work and without contacting the Coastal Resources Division for a BCC/DPP will be subject to appropriate enforcement actions and fines. Failure to obtain a BCC/DPP is classified as a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $500 per violation per day by the City and up to $2,000.00 per violation per day by the State General Land Office.

Please contact our office by emailing or calling 409-797-3660. 

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