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Construction along Delaware’s Coastline

Coastal Construction Permits in areas along the coastline including along the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean

The Shoreline and Waterway Management Section regulates coastal construction along with dune and beach protection and conservation practices. The primary purpose of the regulations is to enhance, protect, and preserve public and private beaches of the State through a permit and letter of approval process. The Section regulates the beach area from Pickering Beach along the Delaware Bay south to Fenwick Island along the Atlantic Ocean. In certain areas, this includes commerical structures/properties. See the link included on this page for maps showing areas designated by coastal building lines.

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Department: DNREC

Division: Watershed Stewardship

Office: Shoreline and Waterway Management Section


Construction Letters of Approval are valid for 1 year to start construction and up to 2 years if construction has been initiated. Letters of Approval to bring in sand or fill are valid for 2 years and Permits to mechanically scrape sand from the beach to rebuild dunes are valid for 2 years and renewable.


Permit Fees are $150. There is no fee for Letters of Approval.

Application Forms

See the Coastal Construction Permits button on

Applicable Laws

Applicable Rules and Regulations


Jennifer Pongratz can be contacted by email at and by phone at 302-739-9921.


This search covers most of the frequently requested licenses, certifications, registrations, and filings that the State of Delaware requires. However, this is not a fully exhaustive list of every possible requirement. Please consult with the appropriate state agencies to find out if there are additional requirements you must fulfill.

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