Wetlands Board

Current Operations for Wetlands Public Hearings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wetlands Board Public Hearings are being held on the third Mondays of the month in the Council Chamber of the City Hall Building.  The informal Staff briefing that is normally held before the hearing, will be combined with the formal hearing that is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. 

 

There will be limited seating in the Council Chamber for citizens who wish to attend the meeting in person.  Citizens are encouraged to submit comments to the Wetlands Board prior to the public hearing via email to waterfront@vbgov.com or via United States Mail to David K. Compton, 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. 

 

For those citizens who desire to participate in these public meetings virtually via WebEx, registration is required.  Please enter one of the URLs below into your web browser to register for the appropriate hearing by providing your name, physical address, email address, and phone number.  If you desire to speak virtually at the public hearing you must also notify Staff prior to 9 a.m. the day of the hearing at (757) 385-4621.

July 20, 2020 Wetlands Hearing
https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec0aeed2f41e20fd334f71c53465404dc

August 17, 2020 Wetlands Hearing
https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3e5530970454fc107537b4803f7ee9ec

 

Staff will attempt to facilitate real-time citizen participation/comments in the public hearing for both citizens attending in person and virtually for those citizens who registered. For more information on this process, please contact Staff at (757) 385-4621

 

Current Operations for Office Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Virginia Beach continues to operate under modified conditions and the Planning & Community Development office is currently closed to the public. Most of our employees are still working remotely, but our Staff is available via phone, voice mail, or email.   Additional information on the re-opening of offices should be forthcoming soon.

Staff continues to encourage future applicants to continue to complete their Joint Permit Applications (JPA) online, and submit their JPA to the Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) at jpa.permits@mrc.virginia.gov.  Those without access to the internet may drop off Joint Permit Applications at 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500, and our staff will forward your application to the Marine Resource Commission for you.  Place the entire submittal package including application, plans, disclosure statement and processing fees (fees in a sealed envelope, checks payable to Treasurer, City of  Virginia Beach) in the City Treasurer’s Drop Box located outside of the building in front of the lobby.  Address the envelope to Ms. Carol Dozier, Department of Planning & Community Development.  Links to the Joint Permit Applications and a schedule of processing fees are noted on the Wetlands Board web-page at https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/planning/boards-commissions-committees/Pages/Wetlands-Board.aspx.  Applicants will be notified by phone or email if additional information is necessary to continue processing of all applications, regardless of submittal method. 

For more information, please contact the Waterfront Operations Staff at (757) 385-8246, or waterfront@vbgov.com

 Wetlands Board General Information

The Wetland​s Board​​ is composed of seven members​​​​​​​​, ap​pointed by the City Council, who are responsible for reviewing requests for permits for the use, alteration, or development of Tidal-Wetlands, Coastal Primary Sand Dunes, and beaches.

The Board's wetlands jurisdiction for non-vegetated wetlands (sand flat, mud flat, etc.) lies between mean low water and mean high water. Vegetated wetlands jurisdiction is from mean low water to an elevation one and one-half times the mean tide range. ​The mean tide range is approximately two feet for rivers and bay areas and three and one-half feet for ocean areas.  Upland of that elevation, the Board does not have jurisdiction. However, a waterfront construction permit from the Waterfront Operations Bureau may still be required. If you have questions, contact a Waterfront Inspector at 757-385-8246.

The Board also reviews violations of the regulations and has the option to assess civil charges and/or order restoration of the site. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Application Information


Applications for Wetlands and Coastal Primary Sand Dune projects can be obtained from the Army Corps of Engineers. 

Both Wetlands and Coastal Primary Sand Dune applications require a legal advertisement​ posted in a local newspaper, notification of adjacent property owners, and signs advertising the public hearing. The Planning & Community Development Department prepares the legal advertisements.

Click here to view the City's Specific Guidelines​ on how to fill out the Joint Permit Application submittal.​​

To view Wetlands or Coastal Primary Sand Dune and Beach regulations, please visit Article 14 (Wetlands Zoning Ordinance) or Article 16 (Coastal Primary Sand Dune Zoning Ordinance) of Appendix A (Zoning Ordinance) of the Virginia Beach City Code.

Application Filing Deadline

The Deadline for filing an application to be heard by the Wetlands Board is the 1st day of each month for the following month’s hearing.

Wetlands Board Meeting Times​​

  • The formal hearing is held the third Monday of every month, at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers, Municipal Center, Building 1, 2nd Floor.​
  • Citizens are invited to observe the informal briefing, which is held the third Monday of every month at 8:45​​ a.m. in the City Manager's Conference Room, Room 234, Municipal Center, Building 1.  

Review Fees​

  • Waterfront Construction and Dredging Projects $230​
  • Wetlands Permits - Projects that impact wetlands $450 
    • Wetland Deferrals - $230
  • Coastal Primary Sand Dune projects​ $450
    • Coastal Primary Sand Dune Deferrals - $230
  • Sand Management Applications - $230​
  • Sandbridge General Permit Applications - $100
Please transmit your payment by using a cover letter that references the applicant's name, address, and phone number. All checks and money orders are to be made payable to: Treasurer, City of Virginia Beach and sent directly to the Planning & Community Development Department, Attention: Wetlands/Waterfront, 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500 Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Credit card payments are accepted in-person at the Planning & Community Development Department.

 Agendas and Minutes

​2020

Hearing Date​Agendas​Reports​Minutes
​January 21, 2020​​     
​February 17​, 2020     ​
​March 16, 2020 (items moved to May)
     ​​​
​April 20, 2020 (cancelled)
​     
​May 28,  2020​     

​June 15, 2020     ​

​July 20, 2020     ​​​​

​August 17, 2020​     
​September 21, 2020​     
​October 19, 2020​     
​November 16, 2020​     
​December 21, 2020

2019

Hearing Date​Agendas​Reports​Minutes
​January 22, 2019​     
​February 18​, 2019     ​
​March 18, 2019     ​​​​​
​April 15, 2019​     
​May 20, 2019​​​​     
​June 17, 2019 - CANCELLED     ​
​July 15, 2019     ​​​​
​August 19, 2019​     
​September 16, 2019​     
​October 21, 2019 - CANCELLED​     
​November 18, 2019​     ​​
​December 16, 2019     ​

2018

​DATE OF HEARING​AGENDAS​REPORTS​MINUTES
​January 16, 2018​    ​     ​​​​   ​
​February 19, 2018​        ​  
​March 19, 2018   ​​        ​
​April 16, 2018   ​        
​May 21, 201​​​​​​8           ​
​June 18, 2018​        ​​   
​July 16, 2018   ​     ​   ​
​August 20, 2018     ​Cancelled       ​Cancelled     ​Cancelled
​September 17, 2018   ​​        ​​ 
​October 15, 2018   ​     ​   ​
​November 19, 2018   ​     ​​   
​December 17, 2018   ​​     ​​​​​   

​2017

​Dates of He​aring​​ ​Agendas​​ ​Reports ​Min​​utes
​​January 17, 2017 ​    ​   ​    
​​February 20, 2017 ​​    ​   ​ ​    
​​March 20, 2017 ​​    ​ ​        ​
​​April 17, 2017 ​       ​ ​     
​​May 15, 2017     ​ ​   ​    
​​June 19, 2017 ​   ​   ​      ​
​July 17, 2017 ​     ​      ​
August ​21, 2017    ​   ​      ​
​September 18, 2017    ​ ​  ​    
​October 16, 2017 ​   ​       ​
​November 20, 2017 ​     ​ ​    
​December 18, 2017​​    ​   ​

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 Waterfront Construction and Dredging

​A waterfront construction permit approval is required to construct, alter, or repair, landings, docks, bulkheads, and similar structures. The Planning Administration, Waterfront Operations Office is one of the three primary agencies responsible for review of applications for waterfront construction and dredging in Virginia Beach. Access​ the Specific Guidelines for Waterfront Construction Submittals.

All waterfront construction and dredging requests must be submitted on a Joint Permit Application​ (JPA) to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). VMRC then distributes the application to other agencies for review, including the Planning Administration, Waterfront Operations Office the Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.  Please complete the Tidewater JPA​ unless your project involves dredging. The Standard JPA is required to review projects involving dredging. 

In addition, applicants for dredging permits are required to provide a surety bond or other form of surety prior to the issuance of the permit. The amount of the bond is determined by the Planning Administration, Waterfront Operations Office .

​​Waterfront Construction and Dredging Fee

A $230 non-refundable processing fee is required for all waterfront construction and dredging permit applications.​​​

 Beach Vitex​

The plant, native to Korea, was introduced into the United States in the 1980s as a beach stabilization plant. There is still some debate as to how effectively it stabilizes and accomplishes that goal. Eradicating beach vitex is a critical effort. Therefore, the City of Virginia Beach will be working with homeowners to supply them with a list of acceptable replacement beach and dune plants and their growing seasons as well.  Also, we have developed a program to assist homeowners with proper eradication and disposal of beach vitex. For more information and to report your sighting, contact Charles McKenna at cmckenna@vbgov.com​.

 

Help Stop Beach Vitex

If you see beach vitex anywhere in your beach community, particularly on the dunes, please do not try to remove it! Please take a picture, get GPS coordinates, if possible, or find the nearest street address, and ​report your sighting to Charles McKenna at cmckenna@vbgov.com​.

Learn more about beach vitex.

 VIMS Shoreline Permit Application Records