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Virginia Waterfront Property & Riparian Rights Law Services

Virginia is fortunate to have thousands of square miles of water and thousands of miles of coastline. Waterfront property is limited, however, and Virginians who own residential or commercial waterfront property worked hard and paid a premium for their riparian property rights, which include waterfront access rights and the pristine views that come with it. Whether their waterfront property is on an ocean, bay, river, creek, or canal, waterfront property owners need to protect their riparian and littoral rights.

If you own waterfront property in the Commonwealth, you may find that an oyster company has leased the bottomland adjacent to your property and intends to put in hundreds of floating oyster cages spoiling your view and your waterfront access rights. You may have to convince the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) to allow you to build a pier or additional boat slips after a neighbor protests your permit. As a riparian landowner, you may need to establish a riparian boundary. Or you may need to dredge your canal. Whatever problem you are facing, Jim Lang and his team of riparian property rights attorneys specialize in providing solutions to waterfront property owners. Whether dealing with public agencies, such as the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US ACE), or litigating matters in state or federal court, we have the experience to help you.