Tidal Wetlands Information/Permits

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Effective July 1, 2006

Wetlands is administered through the Planning and Zoning Department. The Mathews County Wetlands Board only has jurisdiction over tidal wetlands.

Wetlands grasses may be cut.  You CANNOT place anything (i.e. rocks, boards, structures, rubble, trash, tires, tree trimming debris, etc.) on vegetated or non-vegetated wetlands WITHOUT A PERMIT.

"Non- vegetated Wetlands" means unvegetated lands lying contiguous to mean low water and between mean low water and mean high water.

"Vegetated Wetlands" means land lying between and contiguous to mean low water and an elevation above mean low water equal to the factor one and one-half times the mean tide range.

In order to obtain a permit:

    For placement of material on or around vegetated or non-vegetated wetlands: a Tidewater Joint Permit Application (PDF) must be completed.  If a hearing is required, Wetlands Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Historic Courtroom of Mathews County, Mathews, Virginia.

    For Oyster Floats/Osprey Poles: A JPA for Shellfish Aquaculture Structures (PDF) must be completed.

Fees for Tidewater Joint Permits requiring Wetlands Board Hearings:

Application for single user (private, non-commercial, residential) with the advertising fee paid by the County $150.00
Application for multi-user (commercial, community, industrial, government) with he advertising fee paid by the County. $200.00
After-the-Fact Application Double the application fee and additionally are subject to possible violation fees up to $10,000


2014 Application Submittal Deadlines:

Deadline Date                        Meeting Date

December 6, 2013               January 7, 2014

January 10, 2014                February 5, 2014

February 7, 2014                March 5, 2014

March 7, 2014                   April 2, 2014

April 4, 2014                     May 7, 2014

May 9, 2014                     June 4, 2014

June 6, 2014                    July 2, 2014

July 3, 2014                     August 6, 2014

August 8, 2014                 September 3, 2014

September 5, 2014            October 1, 2014

October 3, 2014                November 5, 2014

November 7, 2014             December 3, 2014

December 5, 2014             January 7, 2015




For information about your shoreline, please visit the VIMS Center for Coastal Resource Management website:  http://ccrm.vims.edu/index.html

To see information specifically pertaining to Mathews County:  http://ccrm.vims.edu/ccrmp/mathews/index.html

To access the "Map Viewer" to see aerial photography of your shoreline, VIMS erosion control guidance (Preferred Shoreline Best Management Practices), yard management (upland) guidance: http://cmap.vims.edu/CCRMP/MathewsCCRMP/Mathews_CCRMP.html

*Use the scroll bar to the right to find and expand the "Preferred Shoreline Best Management Practices" layers then hit "toggle BMPS on/off".  You can then  click on one of the beaded lines along your shoreline to view a results box, click "BMP" at the top for VIMS guidance regarding your shoreline.

To view current and historic joint permit applications visit:  http://ccrm.vims.edu/perms/newpermits.html


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