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