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GENERAL PERMIT 3 - Voluntary Reconstruction of Certain Residential or Commercial Development

General Permit 3 authorizes the voluntary reconstruction of a non-damaged legally constructed, currently habitable residential or commercial development landward of the existing footprint of development, provided:  

  • The construction complies with existing municipal, State and Federal requirements or codes;
  • The construction does not enlarge the footprint of development;
  • For residential reconstruction, there is no increase in the number of dwelling units;
  • For commercial development, there is no increase in parking spaces or equivalent parking area and the development is consistent with the adopted Water Quality Management Plan;
  • There is no increased impact to special areas as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9;
  • There is no increase in areas covered by buildings, asphalt or concrete pavements;
  • The reconstruction meets the requirements at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.25 and N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.26; and
  • Public access is provided in accordance with the lands and waters subject to 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.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.3.

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 3, 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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