The Texas General Land Office ensures that construction on the Texas coast complies with the Open Beaches Act and the Dune Protection Act.
Local governments are required to provide permit applications for proposed construction to the Land Office for review and comment. After considering the comments from the Land Office, local governments can issue beachfront construction certificates and dune protection permits.
How to Apply for a Beachfront Construction Certificates and Dune Protection Permit
- Contact the local permitting authority (city or county) to apply for a Beachfront Construction Certificate and/or a Dune Protection Permit.
- The local authority, reviews the completed application and submits it to the Land Office for review.
- The Land Office reviews the application for consistency with: the Open Beaches Act, Dune Protection Act, Beach Dune Rules, and Local Dune Protection and Beach Access Plans.
- The Land Office provides comments to local authorities within a specified time depending on the size and scale of the construction activity.
- The local authority considers the Land Office comments and issues the Beachfront Construction Certificate and/or Dune Protection Permit to the applicant.