Oceanfront Encroachment

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Oceanfront Encroachment - wall

City Council Policy L-12 allows private property owners who live along the oceanfront to encroach onto the public right-of-way. Property owners are charged an annual fee for the permitted improvements.

Oceanfront Encroachments are allowed in the following three parcel zones between:

  • Santa Ana River and 52nd Street - maximum of 15' oceanward
  • 52nd Street and 26th Street - maximum of 10' oceanward
  • A Street and a point 250' southeast of E Street - up to the sidewalk

Permitted improvements include:

  • Patio slabs or decks
  • Walls and/or fences less than 36" in height

Oceanfront Encroachments require the processing of an Oceanfront Encroachment Permit and Agreement with the Public Works Department. The following is required when making application:

  • Site address
  • Detailed description of proposed work
  • Complete property owner information
  • Contractor information
  • Detailed site plan, drawn to scale

For additional information on Oceanfront Encroachment Permits contact our Development Engineering Section by calling 949-644-3311 or email them at pbwdevelopmentgroup@newportbeachca.gov.

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