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COASTAL GENERAL PERMIT 30 – Construction of one to three wind turbines less than 200 feet in height and having a cumulative rotor swept area no greater than 4,000 square feet

The Coastal General Permit 30 authorizes one to three wind turbines. The particulars of this general permit include:   

  • The wind turbines are less than 200 feet in height, measured from ground surface to the tip of the blade at its highest position.
  • The cumulative rotor swept area must be no greater than 4,000 square feet.
  • No portion of the wind turbines shall be locate in, on or over dunes, beaches, wetlands, coastal bluffs or wild and scenic river corridors.
  • The towers and all site disturbance is located outside of floodways.
  • No portion of the wind turbines or site disturbance is closer than 50 feet from the mean high water line, the inland limit of beach or dunes, or any wetlands.
  • The project must comply with endangered or threatened wildlife or plant species habitats rule and the critical wildlife habitat rule, described within N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.
  • This general permit does not authorize more than 3 wind turbines on a site.
  • If the wind turbine is more than 120 feet tall, the tower must be a free standing monopole.
  • Lighting required by the Federal Aviation Administration is allowed on the wind turbine, as is ground level security lighting.  No other lighting is allowed.
  • Timing restrictions and limitations on operation of the wind turbines may apply.  See N.J.A.C. 7:7-7.30(b).

You can read the full details in the rule at N.J.A.C.7:7-7.30.
If your project does not meet the requirements or limitations of Coastal General Permit 30, 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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