The Texas General Land Office ensures that construction on the Texas coast by property owners and developers that affects the beach and dunes is performed according to state law. Both the Open Beaches Act and the Dune Protection Act are designed to help local property owners and communities protect and preserve beaches so that all Texans have unrestricted access to the beach, while also maintaining an environmentally healthy beach/dune system.
Beachfront Construction Certificates
Local governments in conjunction with the Land Office issue or review permits for coastal construction associated with the Open Beaches Act and the Dune Protection Act. This certificate is required if the proposed construction is within 1,000 feet landward from mean high tide or to the nearest public road, whichever is greater. This ensures that the construction does not restrict access to or use of the beach by the public. Local governments issue Beachfront Construction Certificates.
Dune Protection Permits
This permit is required if the proposed construction is seaward of the local dune protection line. This ensures the protection of dunes and dune vegetation. Local governments issue Dune Protection Permits.
Process for Applying for Beachfront Construction Certificates and Dune Protection Permits