A shoreline alteration permit may be required if you are installing a seawall or other structures to stabilize your shoreline. This type of permit is also needed for dredging, drag lining, filling, pumping of sand, or other alterations to the shoreline or lake bottom of our lakes or canals. All shoreline alteration projects require a public hearing and approval by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners.
Generally, stone rip-rap and native vegetation should be installed waterward of a seawall to offset the adverse effects on the environment, unless these measures will cause navigation impairment or greater environmental harm. Properly installed rip-rap reduces wave action energy, helps prolong the functional lifespan of a seawall, protects shorelines on adjacent properties, and creates vital wildlife habitat necessary for many species to perform basic life-cycle functions such as resting, nesting and foraging.