Highway Access Permits
The Access Code Regulations (N.J.A.C. 16:47) have been modified to include a new fee schedule. The modified fee schedules
were adopted effective November 3, 2014. Any application received on or before November 3, 2014 will continue
with the old fee schedules for applications, permits and renewals. Any application received after November 3, 2014 will be
required to utilize the new fee schedules for both applications, permits, and renewals.
Property owners seeking traffic access to state roadways and transportation infrastructures must submit applications for access to New
Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Access applications with fewer than 500 daily trips are considered minor, while those with
more than 500 are considered as major. For further guidance, see the New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code below. Roadway
designers should also consult the code to determine access requirements for design plans.
New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code
The rules governing access to state roadways can be found in the New Jersey State Highway Access Management Code.
Note: All of the Application Forms (MT32, MT155, MT156, MT158, MT159, MT160) that were formally
located on this page are now listed on the
Engineering Forms page within the Maintenance section.
Highway Access Management Data
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 16:47-4.38, Background Traffic Growth Rates must be used for traffic studies by applicants in order to compute
average anticipated traffic.
Note: The background traffic growth rate chart below has been updated for April 2017 - April 2019.
NJDOT also provides Trip Generation Rates used in its Highway Access Permit System (HAPS). The rates have been updated
to the ITE Trip Generation Manual 9th edition.
New rates have been included for the following:
Note: The Land Use Code for Specialty Retail Center is now (826).
- Variety Store (814)
- Coffee/Donut Shop without Drive Thru (936)
- Coffee/Donut Shop With Drive thru (937)
NJDOT will calculate the trip generation for the inclusion of a Convenience Market with Gas in a proposed shopping center or the
addition of a Convenience Market with Gas to an existing Shopping Center as follows:
- If both the Convenience Market with Gas and the Shopping Center have separate driveways on the State highway, the trip
generation shall be calculated as Multiple Use, Convenience Market with Gas SF plus Shopping Center SF.
- If the Convenience Market with Gas does not have its own driveways on the State Highway but utilizes the shopping Center driveway
for access with the State highway, the trip generation shall be calculated as Multiple Use, Service Station Gas Only (Station)
plus Shopping Center (SF) adding the square footage of the Convenience Market to the Shopping Center square footage.
- Trip Generation Rates used in HAPS (pdf 76k)
Access Design Considerations
NJDOT has a guidance document summarizing access design information to be provided by all designers and criteria used to evaluate for
permit applications. Consultant designers working on access plans and cutouts for New Jersey state highways may find this
useful information in the NJDOT Access Design Manual. This manual includes designer requirements for revocations, modifications
and adjustments of access.
Access Management Presentation
Consultant designers working on access cutouts for New Jersey state highways may find information in the Access Design
training presentation helpful. Call NJDOT if you have any questions relating to this training program.
The training presentation was prepared by the NJDOT Major Access Permit Bureau Office of Access Design, which administers the New
Jersey State Highway Access Management Code. The Office evaluates the access impacts of properties during the Scoping stage,
prepares access cutouts for in-house designs, reviews access cutouts for projects designed by consultants and notifies property
owners about access.