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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT 29 – Habitat creation and enhancement and living shoreline activities

The Coastal General Permit 29 authorizes habitat creation, restoration or enhancement and living shoreline activities sponsored or substantially funded by a Federal or State agency or other entity.  The particulars of this general permit include:   

  • This coastal general permit authorizes the described activities only if the sole purpose of the activity is restoration creation, enhancement or protection of the habitat, water quality functions and values of wetlands, wetland buffers, and open water areas.    
  • For this general permit a “sponsor” must be an active participant in, or a substantial financial contributor to, the activities and must endorse the activities in writing.
  • The nine types of acceptable habitat restoration, creation and enhancement and living shoreline plans are described at N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.29(b).
  • The habitat creation and enhancement activities authorized by this coastal general permit are described at N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.29(c).
  • The items that must be demonstrated to prove eligibility for the general permit are described at N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.29(d).
  • Additional requirements apply to restoration, creation and enhancement activities if they are proposed in Special Area as defined in N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.  These additional requirements including alternatives, minimization and conservation restrictions and are detailed at N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.29(e).
  • Additional requirements for living shoreline activities include size limits, and minimization of impacts to Special Areas, are detailed at N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.29(f).
  • Public access must be provided in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.50 and 8.11.

You can read the full details in the rule at N.J.A.C.7:7-7.29.

If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 29, it may qualify for a permit-by-rule, other general permit, or a CAFRA or Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  Please review those tabs under Coastal Permitting for additional information.

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