Being located on the water, seawall construction is subject to a host of environmental regulations enforced by the Federal, State, and local governments. Before construction can start on your project, regulatory permits from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the local County environmental governing body must be obtained.
In some cases, a general permit may already exist for the proposed work, only requiring you to obtain authorization to use that permit. In other cases, the work proposed on your property might be exempt from permit requirements, depending on the scope, scale, and location.
For projects that don’t qualify for a general permit or for an exemption, an individual permit needs to be obtained. This is typically best avoided, as the permit process takes longer, can be more costly, and may require modifications to the proposed design.