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Coastal Construction under a Post Storm Emergency Final Order

These are "do's and don'ts" regulatory tips for post-storm cleanup and recovery work on private property seaward of the state of Florida coastal construction control line (CCCL).  To streamline permitting and expedite recovery of beachfront communities, certain minor activities can be permitted by local governments under the Department of Environmental Protection’s Emergency Final Order (EFO) with no further CCCL permitting by the Department needed.  These tips describe the limitations on how certain post storm emergency repair and relief activities can be conducted.  See the CCCL Post Storm Public Information Handout for descriptions of the specific storm cleanup and recovery activities covered by the EFO.


  • Consult CCCL permit staff for questions and answers not detailed here.  Go to for links to Coastal Construction Control Line Emergency Permit information and CCCL Permit Manager and Field Inspector contacts. Email, or call 850-245-8570 or 850-245-2094.
  • Email or call 850/922-4330 to speak with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff prior to driving equipment on the beach during sea turtle nesting season (March 1 – October 31 in Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Broward counties, or May 1 – October 31 in all other sandy beach counties). Be aware that not all sea turtle nests may have been lost to the storm, that female sea turtles return to beaches to nest soon after storms pass and that sea turtle hatchlings can be washed back onto the beach by high waves and winds and hidden in the storm wrack.
  • During sea turtle nesting season, schedule as much work as possible in the uplands and off the beach. Schedule construction on the beach, such as putting in new dune walkover posts or installing sand fences, outside of sea turtle nesting season.
  • Use existing beach access points; no driving equipment over the dune or creating new beach access points are allowed.
  • Report storm debris on the beach to Remove debris as soon as possible and dispose of landward of the CCCL.  Debris cannot be buried seaward of the CCCL or used to protect dunes or upland property.
  • Take photographs of and write captions dating the photographs and describing pre- and post-storm structures and property conditions.
  • Construction must be completed within the emergency recovery period of 90 days from the issuance of the emergency permit or 90 days from the expiration date of the department’s EFO, whichever occurs first.


  • Only emergency repairs, temporary emergency relief measures and minor construction activities are allowed.  Rebuilding of substantially damaged structures requires a CCCL permit.
  • Repaired or replaced components cannot exceed the footprint or the size of the original accessory structure.
  • Repairs or replacements of retaining walls, decks, and gazebos must be authorized by a CCCL Emergency Permit.
  • Decks, gazebos, or similar structures cannot be reconstructed on the beach, or on or seaward of the storm-impacted eroded dune.
  • No new walkovers, decks, other accessory structures, buildings or additions can be constructed under the emergency procedures.
  • Repair or reconstruction of damaged walkovers must be adjusted for the new beach and dune conditions so that the structure is located back at the foot of the dune or bluff. Follow DEP dune walkover guidelines.
  • Guidance for repairs to storm damaged bulkheads and installation of emergency temporary armoring are addressed in the DEP document: Guidance to Local Governments for Emergency Temporary Coastal Armoring Seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line.


  • No scraping or excavation of beach sand is allowed.  Sand for dune restoration or to restore grades must be imported from landward of the CCCL. Windblown sand on decks and storm overwash sand in uplands may be returned to the beach after being cleaned of any debris.
  • Placement of clean beach compatible sand must not bury dune vegetation, sea turtle nests or debris and must not extend the dune line out onto the beach seaward of other dunes.
  • Consult DEP’s Post-Hurricane Recovery Sand Specification for guidance on clean beach compatible sand that can be used to restore dunes or raise eroded ground elevations. Use only sand contractors familiar with these sand specifications.
  • For dune restoration, use only clean beach compatible sand and match the natural dune height and slope.
  • Follow DEP sand fencing guidelines for recommended design and installation practices.
Last Modified:
July 7, 2021 - 11:50am

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