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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT  7 – Voluntary reconstruction of certain residential or commercial development

The Coastal General Permit 7 authorizes the voluntary reconstruction of a non-damaged legally constructed, currently habitable residential or commercial development landward of the existing footprint of development, provided:  

  • The construction complies with existing municipal, state and Federal requirements or codes;
  • The construction does not enlarge the footprint of development;
  • For residential reconstruction, there is no increase in the number of dwelling units;
  • For commercial development, there is no increase in parking spaces and the development is consistent with the adopted Water Quality Management Plan;
  • There is no increased impact to Special Areas as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3;
  • There is no increase in areas covered by buildings, asphalt or concrete pavements;
  • The reconstruction meets the requirements at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.25 and 2.36; and
  • Public access must be provided according to N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.5 and 8.11.

You can read the full details in the rule at N.J.A.C.7:7-7.7.
If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 7, it may qualify for a permit-by-rule, other general permit, or a CAFRA Individual Permit.  Please review those tabs under Coastal Permitting for additional information.

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