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GENERAL PERMIT 21 – Construction of Telecommunication Towers

General Permit 21 authorizes the construction of telecommunication towers (such as cellular telephone and radio towers, including access roads and associated support buildings) located upland of the mean high water line, provided:

  • The development is not located in or on dunes, beaches, wetlands, bay islands, coastal bluffs or wild and scenic river corridors;
  • The limits of disturbance associated with the development does not exceed 0.25 acres;
  • The development is located a minimum of 50’ landward of the mean high water line except on sites defined as filled water's edge sites at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.23 where the development shall instead be located a minimum of 100’ landward of the mean high water line;
  • The development is set back a minimum of 50’ from the inland limit of any wetlands; and
  • The development complies with the Endangered or threatened wildlife or vegetation species habitats rule, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.36, and the Critical wildlife habitat rule, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.37.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.21

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 21, it may qualify for another General Permit, Permit-by-rule, or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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