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|
2018 Application Submittal Deadlines:
Deadline Date Meeting Date
April 6, 2018 May 2, 2018
May 11, 2018 June 6, 2018
June 15, 2018 July 10, 2018
July 6, 2018 August 1, 2018
August 10, 2018 September 5, 2018
September 7, 2018 October 3, 2018
October 12, 2018 November 7, 2018
November 9, 2018 December 5, 2018
Shoreline questions? Please visit the VIMS Center for Coastal Resource Management website.
Questions Pertaining to Mathews County?
Access the "Map Viewer" to see aerial photography of your shoreline, VIMS erosion control guidance (Preferred Shoreline Best Management Practices), yard management (upland) guidance:
*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.