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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT 13 – Construction of support facilities at legally existing and operating marinas
The Coastal General Permit 13 authorizes construction of support facilities at legally existing and operating marinas including marinas operated by public agencies, commissions and authorities.  Particulars for this general permit include the following:

  • Residential development is not authorized by this general permit.
  • The following 6 types of development are included under this general permit provided the marina complies with N.J.A.C. 7:7E-7.3(d), public access is provided in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.50 and N.J.A.C. 7:7E-8.11, is consistent with the adopted Water Quality Management Plan and the Flood Hazard Area rule at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.25, and trash receptacles and fish cleaning areas are provided.
  • Boat rack systems/ marina support buildings including but not limited to, showrooms, maintenance/repair, marine supplies, bait/tackle, boat sales, dock masters office buildings, sheds, and storage.  The buildings are one story and set back 15 feet from a shore protection structure and 25 feet from the mean high water line where no shore protection structures are present. Buildings and rack systems are set back a minimum of 50 feet from the inland limit of any wetlands and are located in an existing cleared and maintained area of the site.  Restrooms are provided.  For marinas with 25 or more slips, pumpout stations are provided.
  • Restroom facilities are constructed such that discharge is to a treatment plant or to a septic system with adequate capacity for the new facilities and hot and cold water are available. The restroom building is set back a minimum of 15 feet from a shore protection structure and 25 feet from the mean high water line where no shore protection structures are present. The restroom building is set back 50 feet from the inland limit of any wetlands unless the Department determines there is no alternate location.
  • New fences, water lines and new sewer lines to connect restrooms, pumpout facilities and or pumpout support facilities to existing sewer lines  must have no prudent or feasible alternative alignment that has less impact to Special Areas defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3 and will not result in permanent or long term loss of Special Areas.  Sewer lines must receive a Treatment Works Approval, not result in adverse secondary impacts, and connect to an existing sewer line on site or immediately  adjacent to the site.
  • Gasoline pumps and associated pipes and tanks on the upland portion of the marina must have cut off valves, containment booms and all other required approvals.
  • Boat handling facilities include, but are not limited to, winches, gantries, railways, platforms and lifts, hoists, cranes, fork lifts and ramps. These must be located landward of the mean high water line and cannot be located in a wetland.
  • One time construction of a single marina support building, 120 square feet or less, located above the mean high water line but not in wetlands.
  • The developments must meet the requirements of N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.25 Flood hazard areas and 3.26 Riparian zones.
  • Public access is required in accordance with N.J.A.C 7:7E-3.50 and 8.11.

You can read the full details in the rule at N.J.A.C.7:7-7.13.
If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 13, 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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