For guidance documents for rebuilding and property protection efforts allowed at the beach, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) webpage.
To assess what is needed to conduct work at your beachfront property, follow these steps:
1.) Refer to the FDEP webpage to determine what authorizations are needed for the activity you wish to conduct. If necessary, obtain the FDEP permit needed. If your activity is exempt from permitting, keep a copy of the paperwork outlining the exempt activity while conducting the work.
2.) Check with your local building department to obtain any required permits or exemptions to conduct your activity. Residents of unincorporated Volusia County may need a county building department permit for beach work. City residents should check with the appropriate office.
3.) Notify the Volusia County HCP Office (386-238-4668 or 386-238-4716) of beach work activity to ensure that all relevant parties are notified of work being done.
The following items are not authorized to be used for long term private property protection:
If any of these items were installed post storm Irma, they will need to be properly permitted by DEP or must be removed by April 30, 2018.
Residents and commercial properties on the beach are reminded that all debris from private property on the beach is the responsibility of the private landowner to collect and properly remove. Displaced concrete, retaining walls, deck boards, railings, metal pieces, broken glass and other debris must be picked up by the landowner. Do not dump or push any type of trash on to the beach as you are cleaning deck areas, parking lots and building sites. All vegetative debris should be removed from the upland side of the property and not deposited on the beach. There should be no pumping of pool water or excess storm water discharge on to the beach, especially near marked sea turtle nests. Pool pump backwash discharge is prohibited and regulated by the Health Department.
Windblown sand removal from properties
No permit is required to remove windblown sand from properties. All sand should be placed back on to the beach free of debris (landscaping materials, glass, concrete, etc.) Sand should be placed away from marked sea turtle nests and in a natural formation along the sea wall or upper portion of the beach.
Private property debris on the beach
No permit is required to remove private property debris from the beach. All private property items are the responsibility of the upland property owners and should be removed from the beach as soon as possible. If vehicle access onto the beach is needed to retrieve large items, contact Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) staff at 386-238-4668 or 386-238-4716.
Dune Restoration Projects
The county encourages residents to help rebuild the beach. Purchasing beach compatible sand, installing sand fence and planting native beach vegetation at your property, may be exempt from permitting requirements. However, some activities do require permits or coordination with HCP staff. Therefore, residents should call staff to discuss plans prior to conducting any of these activities. Sand for dune restoration projects must be obtained from a state approved, beach compatible sand source and be free of construction debris. Sand fencing must be placed in accordance with sand fencing guidelines (not parallel to the ocean) and all plants used must be native and beach compatible.
Seaweed should not be removed from the beach as it is beneficial in helping the beach rebuild naturally by trapping sand and providing nutrients to recruiting plants. It can be raked with hand tools only and must remain on the beach unless otherwise permitted by FDEP. For mechanical beach cleaning, raking or seaweed removal, a FDEP permit is required. The County does not conduct any of these activities. The only mechanical grading completed by the County is at the vehicle access ramps where seaweed is left on the beach outside of the ramp corridors only.
For additional information, call Volusia County Environmental Management at 386-736-5927.