The Baldwin County Coastal Area Program is a division of the Baldwin County Building Department. The Coastal Area Program is responsible for permitting, regulating, monitoring, and inspecting certain regulated activities with the Coastal Area of the Baldwin County permitting jurisdiction.
Construction and development activities along the Fort Morgan beach and dunes on properties (within the Baldwin County building permit jurisdiction) that are intersected by or seaward of the Coastal Construction Line (CCL) must be permitted through the Coastal Area Program to ensure that the work is consistent with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Division 8 Coastal Program regulations and also compliant with the Baldwin County Beach and Dune Protection and Management regulations (Resolution # 2015-011).
You may apply for the Coastal Area Program Permit in the Citizenserve Portal at www.Citizenserve.com/BaldwinCountyAL. Register or login to get started. Click on the HOME link at the top, then click on the blue Building Department button. Choose the permit type of Coastal Area Program Permit.
Coastal Area Program Permit Application and Checklist
For question or concerns regarding the Coastal Area Program Permitting Process, you may contact the Coastal Area Program Coordinator, Janie Joiner, at Janie.Joiner@BaldwinCountyAL.gov or at 251.972.6837.
Information Specific to Dune Walkovers
A dune walkover is a raised walkway constructed for the purpose of protecting the beach and dune system between mean high tide and the construction control (CCL) line from damage that may result from anticipated pedestrian traffic to the beach, and which is no more than six (6) feet in width for multiple family/commercial/public structures, no more than four (4) feet in width for single family/two family structures, constructed without roof or walls, elevated at least one (1) foot above the dune, and extends seaward of the vegetation line.
A dune walkover shall be constructed to the following standards:
A. There shall be no more than one (1) dune walkover per parcel.
B. Dune walkovers shall begin at the existing ground level elevation of the principal landward structure.
C. The maximum width of the dune walkover structure shall be no more than four (4) feet for single family/two family structures and no more than six (6) feet for multiple family/commercial/public structures. Maximum widths shall be applicable to all sections of the dune walkover structure, including but not limited to steps, ramps, landings and decks.
D. The elevation from the bottom of floor joists of the dune walkover shall be no less than one (1) foot and no more than three (3) feet above the maximum elevation of the dune system being traversed.
E. No vertical or horizontal structures shall be allowed above thirty-eight (38) inches from the walking surface, i.e., roofs, walls, pergolas, etc.
F. Handrails, if any, shall be no higher than thirty-six (36) to thirty-eight (38) inches above the walking service for Single- and Two-Family Dwellings.
G. The dune walkover shall terminate ten (10) feet seaward of the vegetative line of the dune.
H. The location and length of the dune walkover is to be coordinated through and approved by the delegated authority of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
I. No lighting shall be utilized on a dune walkover.
J. No dune walkover construction shall occur during the sea turtle nesting season from May 1 through November 1.
The survey submitted for review should show all existing and proposed structures as well as all construction details for the proposed dune walkover. It should include the height, width, and length of the walkover, dune height, vegetation line, and construction control line (CCL).