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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT 17 – Construction of recreational facilities at public parks

The Coastal General Permit 17 authorizes recreational facilities at parks which are publicly owned or controlled for the purpose of public access.   Particulars for this general permit include the following:

  • Construction of the facilities noted below is acceptable if there are no adverse impacts to any Special Area defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.
  • Playground equipment is acceptable but cannot be located on a dune or in a wetland.
  • Permanent picnic tables, benches and grills are acceptable but cannot be located on a dune or in a wetland.
  • Gazebos, rain shelters and sheds with a footprint smaller than 200 square feet are acceptable but cannot be located on a dune or in a wetland.
  • Pathways, bicycle paths, jogging and nature trails and associated fitness equipment are acceptable but cannot be located on a dune, in a wetland or on the beach.  Trails and boardwalks in wetlands are allowed as noted below.
  • Fences without permanent footings are acceptable but cannot be located on a dune or in a wetland.
  • Restroom facilities are acceptable but cannot be located on a beach or dune, or in a wetland, and must meet additional requirements noted at N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.17(a)2.
  • Trails or boardwalks constructed in wetlands are acceptable provided the additional requirements at N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.17(a)3 are met.
  • Public access is required as detailed in 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.7:7-7.17.

If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 17, it may qualify for a permit-by-rule, other general permit, or a CAFRA, Coastal Wetlands or Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  Please review those tabs under Coastal Permitting for additional information.

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