GENERAL PERMIT 4 – Development of One or Two Single-Family Homes or Duplexes
General Permit 4 authorizes the development of one or two single-family homes or duplexes and/or accessory developments (such as garages, sheds, pools, driveways, grading, filling, and clearing, excluding shore protection structures) provided:
- The one or two single-family homes or duplexes are located landward of the mean high water line;
- The one or two single-family homes or duplexes are not located on a bulkheaded lagoon lot;
- The development does not result in the development of more than two single-family homes or duplexes either solely or in conjunction with a previous development as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-2.2(b)8; and
- The development is in compliance with N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.22 Beaches, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.25 Flood hazard areas, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.26 Riparian zones, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.27 Wetlands, N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.28 Wetland buffers, and N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.36 Endangered or threatened wildlife or vegetation species habitats.
Please be advised:
- Filled water's edge sites that have included a water dependent use at any time since July of 1977, shall comply with N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.23(e) of the Filled water’s edge rule.
- Special provisions apply if dunes are present on the site per N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.4(e).
- Special provisions apply if coastal bluffs are present on the site per N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.4(f).
- Special provisions apply if the site is in a Coastal high hazard area or Erosion hazard area, per N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.4(g).
- Public access must be 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.
- The use of plastic under landscape or gravel areas is prohibited.
- Driveways must be permeable or pitched to direct runoff onto permeable areas of the site.
- On a wooded site, clearing is only allowed within 20’ from the residence and the area necessary for driveway, septic and utility line installations.
- Silt fences are required for projects adjacent to surface water bodies during construction until landscaping is completed.
- A 10’, 15’, or 25’ setback will be required depending on the site location and adjacent sensitive areas per N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.4(m).
- The General Permit 4 does not authorize any activities regulated under the Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1 et seq.
Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.4.
If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 4, 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.