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GENERAL PERMIT 17 – Stabilization of Eroded Shorelines

General Permit 17 authorizes the stabilization of eroded shorelines along tidal waterways, excluding the Atlantic Ocean, provided:

  • The stabilization materials are limited to those identified at N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.17(a)1; 
  • The plant materials are chosen and installed in accordance with Chapter 16 of “Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization Protection” of the National Engineering Handbook (NEH), Part  650, 1996, published by the United States Department of Agriculture;  
  • There is no adverse impact on special areas defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9 and no disturbance to wetlands;
  • For shoreline stabilization outshore of wetlands, construction results in minimum feasible alteration or impairment of the wetlands natural tidal circulation, contour or vegetation;
  • For sites where grading is required, no grading occurs below the spring high water line and all soil or other graded materials are pulled back away from the water;
  • Bioengineering materials (non-vegetative materials) are limited to that necessary to protect the shoreline;
  • For projects on public lands, public access to the waterfront is provided and maintained during construction, and thereafter.

Please be advised, if the Department determines that construction has resulted in adverse shoreline sand movement, including erosion or shoaling, the Department may require the permittee to remove the shoreline stabilization materials.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.17

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 17, 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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