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GENERAL PERMIT 12 – Landfall of Utilities    

General Permit 12 authorizes landfall of utilities including cable (that is electric, television, and fiber optics), telecommunication, petroleum, natural gas, water, and sanitary sewer lines constructed in tidal water bodies authorized pursuant to the Waterfront Development Law or Flood Hazard Area Control Act, provided:
  • The section of the utility line that extends landward from the mean high water line of the tidal water body is no more than 150’ long and connects to an existing utility line in the adjacent upland;
  • The width of the area disturbed within the right-of-way of the project is no more than 20’;
  • Excavated areas for the placement of the utility landfall is returned to the pre-existing elevation using the original soil, if feasible or other suitable material to backfill from a depth of 18” to the original grade and revegetated;
  • The utility landfall has no adverse impacts to special areas as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9;
  • A silt fence and/or other soil erosion controls are installed prior to excavation and remain in place until final restoration is complete;
  • The staging area and construction equipment is not placed directly into the tidal water;
  • Construction equipment is land based or based on barges;
  • All underground cutting agents/lubricants are contained and properly disposed. Use of a vacuum truck may be required for large drilling operations;
  • The location of existing facilities prior to excavation is performed pursuant to the Underground Facility Protection Act, P.L. 1994, c.118 ( N.J.S.A. 48:2-73 et seq.); and
  • The sanitary sewer line is consistent with the Water Quality Management Plan adopted pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:15.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.12

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 12, 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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