Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment

What is a Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment (CEFRA)?

A Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment is an evaluation of the erosion potential for a given coastal property which is based on the historic rate of erosion. A CEFRA will also identify the potential for flooding on a coastal property due to rising sea levels and/or storm surges.

Who can request a Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment?  

Anyone can request a CEFRA. 

If you are the owner of a waterfront property, or are thinking about purchasing a coastal property, a CEFRA can provide important information about the property.  It is recommended that you obtain a CEFRA before you start planning a development. Information provided by a CEFRA can help you to plan and position buildings more safely on your property. Building in the best location now will help to minimize costly relocation that may be required in the future as sea level rises and storm surges become more frequent and intensive. 

A CEFRA may also be requested by a municipality for development control, land use planning, infrastructure asset management and emergency management purposes.

Please note that a CEFRA will be completed by the Department of Agriculture and Land when a subdivision or development application that involves a coastal property has been submitted.  If you have already submitted your application for subdivision or development, you do not need to submit the CEFRA request form. The results of the CEFRA will be shared with the developer and/or property owner(s). 

Is there a fee for the completion of a Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment?

There is no cost to have a Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment completed for a property.

What do I need to complete the online application?

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your contact information including mailing address with postal code, phone number and email address
  • The property ID (PID) of the property(s) subject to the assessment and the watershed ID (WS ID) of the watershed in which the property is located (find your PID and WS ID).  
    • If your project covers a large area or crosses many properties, please submit a site plan or map outlining the area instead of each individual PID number during the CEFRA application. Additional information can be sent to:
  • The reason for your request

In addition, you must check a box to indicate you have read and agree with the disclaimer and privacy statements.

How long will it take to have a Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessment completed for my property?

Most Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Assessments are completed and the results made available within five to seven business days.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you need assistance with completing the online application form, please contact the Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change at:

4th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street 
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PEI  C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-5044
Toll Free: 1-866-368-5044
Fax: (902) 368-5830


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Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action
4th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-5044
Toll-free: 1-866-368-5044
Fax: 902-368-5830
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