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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 1410. Utility Line Encroachments Beneath or Over State-Owned Subaqueous Beds

4VAC20-1410-30. Permit conditions.

After the commissioner reviews the completed Joint Permit Application and determines that the application qualifies for a general permit under this chapter, the project shall be authorized to encroach under or over state-owned submerged bottomland subject to the following conditions:

1. The project authorized by this general permit shall be completed within five years of the issuance of the permit. Upon proper request by the permittee, the permit may be extended to allow for the completion of the project.

2. The permit grants no authority to the permittee to encroach on property rights, including riparian rights, of others.

3. The duly authorized agents of the commission shall have the right to inspect the work authorized by the permit and to evaluate compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit.

4. The permittee shall comply with the water quality standards as established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Water Division and all other applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations affecting the conduct of the project. The granting of this permit shall not relieve the permittee of the responsibility of complying with any other applicable federal, state, or local law.

5. The permit may not be transferred without the written permission of the commissioner.

6. The permit shall not affect the right vouchsafed to the people of Virginia concerning navigation, fishing, fowling, and the catching of and taking of oysters and other shellfish except as is necessary for safe construction or maintenance of the project, and any such impacts shall be minimized to the greatest extent practicable. The permittee shall notify the commissioner a week before beginning construction and before any maintenance activities that will impact navigation or other uses of the waterway.

7. The permittee shall, to the greatest extent practicable, minimize adverse impacts of the project on adjacent properties and wetlands and upon the natural resources of the Commonwealth.

8. This permit may be revoked at any time by the commission upon the failure of the permittee to comply with the terms and conditions in this chapter or the Code of Virginia.

9. The issuance of this permit does not confer upon the permittee any interest or title to the beds of the waters.

10. All structures authorized by this permit that are not maintained in good repair shall be completely removed from over or under state-owned bottomland within three months after notification by the commission.

11. The permittee agrees to comply with all of the terms and conditions set forth in this permit and that the project will be accomplished within the boundaries as outlined in the plans in its Joint Permit Application.

12. This permit authorizes no claim to archaeological artifacts that may be encountered during the course of construction. If archaeological remains are encountered, the permittee agrees to notify the commission, which will in turn notify the Department of Historic Resources. The permittee further agrees to cooperate with agencies of the Commonwealth in the recovery of archaeological remains if deemed necessary.

13. The permittee agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Commonwealth of Virginia and any applicable locality from any liability arising from the establishment, operation, or maintenance of the project.

14. For any work that includes borings that utilizes a lubricating fluid under state-owned subaqueous beds, the permittee shall submit to the commission a frac-out plan by which the permittee agrees to abide.

15. The permittee agrees to coordinate with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage Karst Protection Coordinator if karst features, such as additional undocumented sinkholes, caves, disappearing streams, and large springs, are encountered during the project to document and minimize adverse impacts.

16. This general permit shall be retained by the permittee for the life of the project as evidence of authorization.

Statutory Authority

§§ 28.2-103 and 28.2-1204 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 40, Issue 7, eff. November 1, 2023.

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