DOVER, Del. – DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara has notified Delaware coastal community homeowners that their properties affected by Hurricane Sandy are receiving special consideration for permitting approval in helping them rebound from and repair damages delivered by the storm.
Sec. O'Mara told the homeowners in a letter that DNREC's Shoreline & Waterway Management Section is making field visits to assess storm damage as well as vulnerability to future storms, including the Nor'easter forecasted to blow through Delaware Wednesday.
DNREC will issue emergency approvals for the following activities:
Even though DNREC will issue emergency approvals, homeowners cannot begin these activities without first contacting DNREC's Shoreline and Waterway Management Section. Meanwhile, the following repairs or reconstruction do not require approval:
If a property owner is considering construction of a hard structure for property protection such as a bulkhead or revetment they will be required to submit an application for a Permit to construct seaward of the DNREC Building Line. There is a $150.00 application fee to supplement the cost of the Legal Notice for the application, and there is a 20-day public notice period. Due to the State of Delaware's Public Notice requirements, a homeowner must allow at least 40 days for processing of the application.
Application forms and additional information on the Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches and Permitting Procedures can be obtained by calling Jennifer Luoma or David Warga at 302-739-9921 or by visiting the DNREC web site at www.dnrec.delaware.gov.