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GENERAL PERMIT 13 – Construction of Recreational Facilities at Public Parks

General Permit 13 authorizes construction of recreational facilities at public parks which are publicly owned or controlled for the purposes of public access, provided:

  • Construction has no adverse impact on any special areas defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9; and
  • Public access is provided in accordance with the lands and waters subject to Public trust rights rule, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.48, and the Public access rule, N.J.A.C. 7:7-16.

The recreational facilities authorized by the General Permit 13 are identified below.  The requirements for each activity can be located at N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.13(a)1 through 3. 

  • Trail or boardwalk construction in wetlands
  • Construction of the following provided they are not located in a dune or wetland:
    • Playground equipment including, but not limited to, swings, slides, and jungle gyms
    • Picnic tables, benches and grills which are not seasonal
    • Gazebos, rain shelters and sheds provided they do not exceed a footprint 200 sq. ft.
    • Pathways, bicycle paths and jogging and nature trails and associated fitness equipment (provided they are also not located on a beach)
    • Fences which do not require permanent footings
    • Restroom facilities (provided they are also not located on a beach)

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.13

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 13, 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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