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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Phone: 757-890-3750   TDD: 757-890-3621

Tidal Wetlands



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The Wetlands Board is charged with issuing permits for the use and development of tidal wetlands while balancing the needs of the property owners with the protection of wetlands.  The Wetlands Board's jurisdiction is the area between the Mean Low Water line and 1 1/2 times the tidal range.  This generally means from mudflats to the salt bush line. 

The York County Wetlands Board conducts public hearings on the second Thursday of each month.

Virginia is a "no net loss of wetlands" State.  The Wetlands Board's goal is to avoid and minimize impacts to wetlands and to encourage the use of living shorelines to prevent erosion and accommodate sea level rise. 

Riprap revetments, bulkheads, dredging, marsh toe sills, commercial piers and other shoreline construction activities require a wetlands permit.  Private piers and boathouses are statutorily permitted wetlands activities and do not require a permit from the Wetlands Board. 

A Joint Permit Application (JPA) is submitted to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC).  The VMRC then forwards the application to the responsible jurisdictions (appropriate county, Army Corps of Engineers, etc.).  A fee is required if it is determined that the application needs to go before the Wetlands Board.  Prior to an application being heard by the Board at a public hearing, adjacent property owners are notified, and the public hearing is advertised in the local paper for one day each week for two weeks prior to the public hearing.  The hearing is open to the public, and citizens and adjacent property owners are allowed to address the Board with their concerns during the public hearing.  If an application is approved by the Board, there is a ten-day appeal period for any interested parties.


Tidewater JOINT PERMIT APPLICATION PDF document with fillable forms (for impacts on  tidal waters, or wetlands, or dunes/beaches.  Activities eligible to use the Tidewater JPA include piers, boathouses, boat ramps, moorings, marinas, aquaculture facilities, riprap revetments, bulkheads, marsh toe stabilizations, breakwaters, beach nourishment, groins, jetties, road crossings over tidal waterways, and utility lines over or under tidal waterways.)

Standard JOINT PERMIT APPLICATION PDF document with fillable forms (Dredging and excavation projects in tidal waterways/wetlands MUST use the Standard JPA.)

Shoreline Water Quality Impact Assessment

Please enjoy our award-winning video, "Partners in Protecting Our Wetlands", which serves as a great learning tool providing valuable information on the steps that can be taken to protect our wetlands and waterways.

For further assistance, please contact County staff:

Anna Drake, Stormwater Engineer, 757-890-3774,

Kent Henkel, Engineering Specialist, 757-890-3758,





Before riprapAfter riprap revetment




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BEFORE                                                                                  AFTER RIPRAP REVETMENT             


Before marsh toe sillAfter Riprap Revetment


                                    BEFORE                                                                                  AFTER MARSH TOE SILL


Wetlands Board Jurisdictional Boundaries