Any type of work or construction located on or near the levee requires a permit; work within 300 feet of a levee requires a letter of no objection from the US Army Corp of Engineers; and any excavation within 600 feet of the levee toe will require evaluation from the Corp of Engineers. The Bossier Levee District (BLD) and Corps of Engineers must also be notified of any subsurface work within 1500 feet of a levee and of any seismic work within 5000 feet of levee. All requests for permits or letters of no objection should first be forwarded to the Bossier Levee District.
A permit is required for any work inside the levee district’s 100 foot statutory control area along any levee district channel; such as a permanent structure, excavation or other activity which may impact the efficiency of the channel or the maintenance of the channel. The purpose of the permit program is to ensure that no action or activities on or adjacent to drainage structures adversely affect the overall integrity of the drainage system within the district.
Encroachment Request Instruction Sheet
Bossier Levee District (BLD) channels have a statutory 100 foot control area located on each side of the channel which is between the high bank of the channel and 100 feet out from the high bank, unless it has been reduced by the BLD. Encroachments may be granted on a case-by-case basis when it can be determined that an encroachment in a particular area would not have an adverse affect on the overall drainage system in the district. Encroachment Requests are reviewed by the BLD Board of Commissioners and the La. Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). Following are submission guidelines:
The permit request should include the following information:
1) Letter of Request
The Letter of Request should be addressed to the Board of Commissioners of the Bossier Levee District along with all other additional information listed below; copies should be sent to LA DOTD and to the USACE when applicable.
A permit must be obtained to cross a levee within the Bossier Levee District (BLD). Permit applications for levee crossings do not require formal approval by the BLD Board of Commissioners; they are approved by the BLD administrative staff. Levee crossing permits are reviewed by BLD staff, La. Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The purpose of the levee permit program is to evaluate all activities on or adjacent to levees in order to ensure that no action or activity is undertaken which would or reasonably might threaten the use, operations, maintenance, protection or integrity of the levees or its components and to establish controls which allow for legitimate non-threatening activity.