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Questions and Answers

A collection of common questions, and answers, about the coastal construction regulatory program.
The Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section has a series of maps that show the location of the Building


Adopt-a-Beach

DNREC’s Adopt-A-Beach program is a partnership between the Department and Delaware volunteers, working in tandem to protect and enhance Delaware’s beaches.

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Eddie Meade Environmental Scientist 302-739-9921



Beach Grass Planting

Volunteers are the backbone of Delaware’s shoreline stabilization. Every spring since 1990, with the exception of 2020, many dedicated volunteers have stabilized Delaware’s sand dunes by planting more than 5 million stems of Cape American beach grass along ocean and bay beaches.
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You Can Help Protect Beaches and Dunes

There are several ways property owners and visitors can preserve and protect beaches and dunes.

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Michael Powell Administrator Shoreline and Waterway Management Section 302-739-9921
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Beaches and Shorelines

The Shoreline and Waterway Management Section works to maintain and improve Delaware’s shoreline and waterways.

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Shoreline and Waterway Management 302-739-9921
The section manages the shoreline through


Coastal Construction

Coastal development adds stress to beach systems, especially to dunes. Dunes and beaches are the first lines of protection from wave action for coastal communities during coastal storms. Dunes also act as storage areas that supply sand to the beach during storms.

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Delaware Beach Building Line Maps

The Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches (7 DE Admin. Code 5102) establishes a “building line” along the coast and stipulate that no construction may take place seaward of that without a Coastal Construction Permit or Coastal Construction Letter of Approval from the Department. The building line is mapped by the


Beaches are a Natural Resource

The sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay shorelines are valuable natural resources to the State of Delaware. The beaches were created by nature and continue to be shaped by wind and waves. The 1972 Beach Preservation Act (7 Del.C. Chapter 68) provides the authority to DNREC to enhance, preserve, and protect the


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building Line

Mrs. Catharine C. Dorrier has applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to build an elevator room within the existing porch on Lot 1112 and 910, Block 122, Bethany Beach.


Design a Sign, Protect a Dune

You’ve helped us design signs that will help beach-goers remember to stay off the dunes.Thank You! Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay Coastal Dunes are vital in our defense against coastal storms. Dunes are also important natural habitats for plants and animals. If dunes are going to be strong


Application for a Permit for Construction Seaward of the Building Line

Anne Fauret and William Gallagheran have applied for a permit for construction seaward of the DNREC Building Line to construct a single family dwelling with a 17.2′ cantilevered deck on Lot 2, Block 7, in South Bethany.


Division of Watershed Stewardship

The Division of Watershed Stewardship manages and protects the state’s soil, water and coastlines. It uses a comprehensive array of watershed-based programs to ensure proper stewardship of Delaware’s natural resources. The division protects and maintains the state’s shoreline and navigable waterways. It regulates changes to coastal and urban lands. It develops and implements innovative





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