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


2019 Application Submittal Deadlines:

Deadline Date                     Meeting Date

May 10, 2019                        June 5, 2019 

June 8, 2019                          July 3, 2019

July 12, 2019                        August 7, 2019

August 9, 2019                    September 4, 2019

September 6, 2019             October 2, 2019

October 11, 2019                November 6, 2019 

November 8, 2019              December 4, 2019

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.

Completed Joint Permit Applications


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