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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT 18 – Bulkhead construction and placement of associated fill

The Coastal General Permit 18 authorizes construction of a bulkhead and associated fill at a single family/duplex lot on a natural water body.   This general permit does not authorize activity in Coastal Wetlands.  Particulars for this general permit include the following:

  • Legally existing functional bulkheads must be located on the adjacent lots and be no more than 75 feet apart;
  • The bulkhead is located at or above the spring high water line;
  • The bulkhead is a minimum of 5 feet inshore of any wetlands;
  • The bulkhead is not on a dune or oceanfront beach;
  • Clean fill from an upland source is used for backfill;
  • The bulkhead must not be farther waterward than the bulkheads on the adjacent properties;
  • Bulkheads subject to wave run up forces (V-zones) must be designed and certified by a professional engineer;
  • Riprap may be placed at the toe of the bulkhead if the Department determines it is required to limit scour potential;
  • Public access is required in accordance with N.J.A.C 7:7E-3.50 and 8.11, unless N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.18(a)11i applies to your project.

You can read the full details in the rule at N.J.A.C.7:7-7.18.

If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 18, it may qualify for a permit-by-rule, other general permit, or a Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  Please review those tabs under Coastal Permitting for additional information.

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