Hurricane Florence Coastal Recovery & Requirements

Emergency Orders for Sandbags, Sand Scraping & Minor Renourishment

DHEC has issued blanket emergency orders to local governments to allow property owners along the immediate beachfront to conduct minor renourishment, sand scraping or install sandbags to provide temporary protection to beachfront structures from wave uprush. The accomplishment of any work under, 18-EO-HF2 for Minor Renourishment, 18-EO-HF3 for Sand Scraping, and 18-EO-HF4 for Sand Bags, issued in response to and preparation for Hurricane Florence is limited to only those structures that would be deemed in an imminent danger from erosion. Per Critical Area Permitting Regulations R.30-15(H), imminent danger is described as when the erosion is within 20 feet of a structure. These orders are effective for 60 days from the date of signature until November 12, 2018. If after that time, a structure is still considered in imminent danger, property owners may request an individual emergency order from the Department to extend the time for protection.

DHEC has also issued an emergency order for marine debris removal to allow the general public to remove boats and debris from the critical area(s) of the state using all best practices and measures. The public should report waterway debris, including vessels and structures to their local emergency management officials at the county or municipal level.

County-Wide Emergency Orders:

Please be advised Federal authorization from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) may be required for the State authorized activities in the above Emergency Orders. You must coordinate with the ACOE to determine if federal authorization is required. Please use the following link to assist you in understanding federal requirements:

Report Erosion and Damage

DHEC encourages residents and officials to report damage to beachfront structures, including seawalls, revetments, walkovers and erosion using DHEC's MyCoast web and mobile application. This information will assist DHEC in prioritizing post-disaster damage assessment and coordination with coastal counties and municipalities. Property owners should also report damage to structures, including homes, to their local building officials.

Post-Storm Recovery

Permitting priorities for DHEC-OCRM after Hurricane Florence will focus on repair and maintenance of existing structures impacted by the event. Depending on the severity of damage to our coastal communities, issuance of permits for non-essential alteration to the critical areas may experience process delays. We appreciate your patience during this time. Structures located within the state's critical area jurisdictions that were impacted by Hurricane Florence may require various authorizations by DHEC-OCRM prior to repair or reconstruction.

Emergency General Permits

The following Emergency General Permits are effective from September 14, 2018 until September 14, 2023. For questions regarding Emergency General Permits and processing, please call OCRM Critical Area Permitting, at 843-953-0200.

Emergency General Permit (EGP) applications may be submitted to

Authorization beyond the scope of the Emergency General Permit(s) may depend on DHEC-OCRM's assessment of the extent of damage to a structure. Additional resources on authorizations for non-emergency activities are provided here.



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