Temporary coastal protection works

The Coastal Protection Act 1979 allows certain landowners an opportunity to temporarily reduce coastal erosion threats by placing sand or sandbags as temporary protection works. Temporary works may assist in reducing erosion threats to houses from minor storm events while landowners identify more permanent solutions and consider seeking approval for permanent works.

Temporary coastal protection works must be placed in accordance with the requirements of Part 4C of the Coastal Protection Act, the Code of Practice (130637copcoast.pdf; 367KB) and any council coastal erosion emergency action subplan. These requirements include:

  • The works only being placed at authorised locations listed in the Code of Practice
  • Using only sand or sandbags (geotextile fabics) for the works
  • Meeting the construction and material requirements of temporary coastal protection works as listed in the Code of Practice
  • If the works are to placed on public land - obtaining a certificate (valid for two years) from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) or local council prior to placing the works
  • For any works placed on public land - the works being removed within 2 years, commencing from the date of placement of the works. (Note: If the landowner lodges a development application for longer term or more permanent works within this 2 year period, the works may remain until the development application is determined.)

To obtain a certificate to place temporary works from OEH, complete the application form (130651tempworksform.pdf; 57KB) and send with the $110 application fee to:

Senior Team Leader Coast, Estuary and Flood
Environmental Programs Branch
Office of Environment and Heritage
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232

Also available is a Guide to the Statutory Requirements for Temporary Coastal Protection Works (130638guidestatreqs.pdf 571KB) designed to assist beachfront landowners and people acting on their behalf to understand the requirements for placing temporary coastal protection works under the Coastal Protection Act and the associated Code of Practice.
Page last updated: 15 August 2013