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Coastal Determinations for Special Areas

If the property is currently developed with upland (single family home, restaurant, etc) and/or waterfront structures (bulkhead, other shore protection, dock, boat lift, etc.), it is worthwhile to investigate the legality of those structures.  To check the recent permitting history of a property, you can use the online dataminer system. For an older permitting history of a propery, you must submit an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to view files in the Trenton office.  Some existing waterfront structures may be exempt from current rules as a Zane Exemption.

Restrictions on development of single family homes or duplexes may exist if the proposed single family dwelling or duplex is associated with previous development, which includes, but is not limited to, developments that either were previously constructed after September 19, 1973, or those that previously received a CAFRA permit which remains valid but the approved development has not yet been built.  Restrictions may also apply to contiguous parcels that, regardless of present ownership or subdivision status, were or are presently existing under common ownership or interest on or after September 19, 1973.  Please see N.J.A.C. 7:7-2.1(8) for details on the types of developments which require a CAFRA Individual Permit.

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