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GENERAL PERMIT 20 – Legalization of Filling of Tidelands

General Permit 20 authorizes the legalization of the filling of any lands formerly flowed by the tide provided:

  • The filling occurred after 1914;
  • The fill appears on the applicable Tidelands Map; and
  • Public access is provided in accordance with the Public trust rights rule, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.48, and the Public access rule, N.J.A.C. 7:7-16.9.

Please be advised, that in addition to a General Permit 20, a valid tidelands conveyance or "Statement of No Interest" must be obtained from the Bureau of Tidelands.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.20

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 20, 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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