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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT 25 – Construction of telecommunication towers

The Coastal General Permit 25 authorizes the construction of telecommunication towers (such as cell or radio towers), the associated access roads and support buildings if located upland of the mean high water line, provided:   

  • The development is not located in or on dunes, beaches, wetlands, bay islands, coastal bluffs or wild and scenic river corridors.
  • The limits of disturbance do not exceed 0.25 acres.
  • The development is set back 50 feet landward of the mean high water line, unless the site is “filled water’s edge” where the setback is 100 feet from the mean high water line.
  • The development is set back 50 feet from the inland limit of wetlands.
  • The development complies with N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.38 – endangered or threatened wildlife or vegetation rule and N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.39 – critical wildlife habitat rule.

You can read the full details in the rule at N.J.A.C.7:7-7.25.
If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 25, it may qualify for a permit-by-rule, other general permit, or a CAFRA Individual Permit.  Please review those tabs under Coastal Permitting for additional information.

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