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Permit-by-rule (PBR) 8 - construction of a utility line attached to a bridge or culvert

The PBR 8 authorizes the construction of a utility line, including cable (for example, electric, television, or fiber optic), telecommunication, wastewater, petroleum, natural gas, or water, attached to a bridge or culvert.  The construction of the utility line shall comply with the following:

  • No excavation, dredging or filling shall be undertaken within the water body over which the utility line crosses;
  • The utility line shall be firmly attached to the existing bridge or culvert structure so that no part of the utility line, its encasement, or any attachment device extends above or below the existing bridge or culvert structure;
  • The installation of the utility line shall have no adverse impacts to special areas as described at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9; and
  • Construction equipment shall be operated from land, the top of the bridge or culvert, or from barges, and shall under no circumstances be allowed to enter the water body.

Please be advised:

  • This PBR applies only to that portion of the utility line that will be constructed across the tidal waterway up to the mean high water line, provided a tidelands instrument has been obtained for the utility line.
  • This PBR does not relieve the permittee from the obligation of obtaining all necessary approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-4.8.

If your project does not meet the requirements of the PBR 8, it may qualify for a General Permit or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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