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Building Near the Beach?

Click the interactive map to see if your project will require a Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) permit.

Self-Certification for CCCL Field Permits  

An ESSA self-certification process is now available on FDEP’s Business Portal for special events, beach cleaning, and minor construction and activities seaward of the coastal construction control line.  For instructions on how to register on FDEP’s Business Portal and apply for a CCCL field permit using the ESSA self-certification process, see our Self-Certification for CCCL Field Permit Guidance document.

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 "To protect, restore, and manage Florida's coastal system"

No other state and very few countries can boast such an abundance of high quality beaches. The 825 miles of sandy coastline fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico or the Straits of Florida are one of Florida’s most valuable natural resources. Florida’s beaches are deserving of this status because they serve several important functions, each being vital to maintaining the health of Florida’s economy and environment. Get more information pertaining to the length of sandy coastline.

The coastal sandy beach system is home to several species of plants and animals that are dependent upon the beaches, dunes and near shore waters for all or part of their lives. For example, beaches are used by resident and migratory shorebirds for resting, foraging and nesting and during the summer months, marine turtles come ashore to nest on the beach. There are over 30 animals considered rare within the state that inhabit the beach and adjacent habitats. These plants and animals are adapted to living in the beach’s harsh environment of salt spray, shifting and infertile sand, bright sunlight, and storms.

Beaches are also heavily used by humans. Florida’s beaches have attracted 14 million people to the state, 75% of which live within ten miles of the coast (State of the Coast Report, 1996). Both tourists and residents come to the beaches to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of its natural beauty. Others visit the beaches and nearby waters to engage in boating, fishing, diving, and other recreations. Florida's beaches are an integral part of the state's economy, attracting tourists from around the world. Beach tourism generates about $15 billion a year to the state’s economy (State of the Coast Report, 1996).

The beach and dune system is our first line of defense against storms because it acts as a buffer between the storm waves and coastal development. During hurricanes, storm waves encounter the beach and dunes before crashing into upland structures. When this happens, the sand making up the beach and dune system may be temporarily lost to the offshore bar system absorbing energy and reducing the damage suffered by structures.

In order to protect, preserve, and manage Florida’s valuable sandy beaches and adjacent and coastal system, the Legislature adopted the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act, contained in Parts I and II of Chapter 161, Florida Statutes. The Act provides three interrelated programs administered by the Department of Environmental Protection which work in concert to accomplish the task, those programs are: the Coastal Construction Control Line Program, the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program, and the Beaches, Inlets and Ports Program. 

The Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) Program processes CCCL permits to protect the beach and dune system from imprudent upland construction that could weaken, damage or destroy the integrity of the beach and dune system.  

The Beach Management Funding Assistance (BMFA) Program reviews funding applications and provides funding assistance for beach restoration projects and inlet management projects to restore the coastal system and address critically eroded beaches.  

The Beaches, Inlets and Ports (BIP) Program processes joint coastal permits (JCP’s) and environmental resource permits (ERP’s) for beach restoration projects, erosion control structures, piers, deep water ports and coastal inlets.  The BIP program also reviews coastal data for quality control and provides strategic planning for beach and inlet management activities.

The Engineering, Hydrology and Geology (EHG) Program provides the necessary research and analysis to support the regulatory and beach management programs with science-based decisions. The coastal engineering staff models shoreline changes, determines erosion rates and areas of critical erosion, and conducts regional offshore sand searches. 

In order to provide necessary data and analysis to support the regulatory and beach management programs described above, beaches staff performs regional surveys, reviews regional and project surveys and provides engineering and environmental analysis of the state’s sandy beach shoreline.  Additionally, a coastal GIS database has been developed and is maintained.

Explore this website for more information on Beaches and Coastal Systems, or call our office at (850) 245-8336.

About Us

Beaches and Coastal Systems Programs

Engineering and Reporting Guidelines (Includes the Fishing Pier Design Guidance Reports)

Florida Beaches Habitat Conservation Plan

C.O.A.S.T.S. Search Page

Interactive Beach and Coastal Maps

Regional Offshore Sand Source Inventory (ROSSI)

Permit Application Subscription Service

Nearshore Hardbottom in Southeastern Florida

Palm Beach Island Beach Management Agreement Project

Standard Operating Procedures for Nearshore Hardbottom Biological Monitoring of Beach Nourishment Projects

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Last updated: September 06, 2017

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