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GENERAL PERMIT 14 – Bulkhead Construction and Placement of Associated Fill at a Single-Family Home or Duplex Lot

General Permit 14 authorizes construction of a bulkhead and associated fill at a single-family home or duplex lot on a natural water body, provided:

  • Legally existing functional bulkheads are located on the lots adjacent to the proposed bulkhead and are no more than 75’ apart;
  • The bulkhead is located at or above the spring high water line and a minimum of 5’ inshore of any wetlands;
  • The bulkhead is not located on a dune or oceanfront beach, and not further waterward than the bulkheads on the adjacent properties;
  • The backfill consists of clean fill from an upland source or the dredged material removed as part of the bulkhead installation, provided such dredged material meets the criteria for structural or non-structural fill material and is managed in accordance with Appendix G of N.J.A.C. 7:7-1.1 et seq.;
  • In the event that the bulkhead will be located landward of the adjacent bulkheads, the new bulkhead connects to the bulkhead on either side;
  • The construction of bulkheads subject to wave run-up forces (V zones) is designed and certified by a professional engineer to withstand the forces of wave run-up; 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.

Please be advised:

  • There shall be no disturbance to wetlands during construction and this General Permit is not available for activities subject to the Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1 et seq.
  • The placement of rip-rap along the seaward toe of the bulkhead structure may qualify for this General Permit if the Department determines that such rip rap is required to limit scour potential and the areas and volume of rip rap are minimized.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.14

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 14, 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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