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NJ Coastal Zone Management Individual Permit 

An Individual Permit may be issued for a project that cannot meet the requirements of the available Permits-by-rule, General Permits-by-certification, or General Permits.  A regulated activity that requires an Individual Permit is typically subject to multiple requirements.  The compliance statement that accompanies the application should address all items in N.J.A.C. 7:7-9 that affect or are affected by the project.  Application requirements are detailed in N.J.A.C. 7:7-23.  The applicant must evaluate each regulated activity according to its location, nature and potential impacts in order to determine which standards will apply to the project. 

The Department has, for your convenience, developed an Individual Permit Application Checklist. Please follow the requirements as outlined on this checklist to ensure that you have all of the required information necessary to complete and process your application.  If the application does not contain all of the required aspects of the checklist, the entire application package will be returned to the applicant.

As Individual Permit applications are more complex, the Division suggests requesting a pre-application meeting with Division staff prior to application submission. 


Waterfront Development Individual Permit

Activities conducted in tidal waters (at or below the mean high water line) that do not meet the requirements of a Permit-by-rule, General Permit-by-certification, or General Permit will require a Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  For example, in most cases, installation of docks, piers, jet-ski ramps, boat lifts, and bulkheads on natural waterways requires a Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  In addition, upland waterfront projects may also require a Waterfront Development Individual Permit.  If your project requires an Individual Permit, all of the regulated activities can be reviewed simultaneously under one application; submission of additional general permits is not required.  Generally, compliance with the following subchapters should be addressed in a Waterfront Development Individual Permit’s compliance statement. 

  • Subchapter 9: Special Areas
  • Subchapter 12: General Water Areas
  • Subchapter 13: Requirements for Non-porous Cover and Vegetative Cover for General Land Areas and Certain Special Areas
  • Subchapter 14: Location rules
  • Subchapter 15: Use Rules
  • Subchapter 16: Resource Rules

CAFRA Individual Permit

Activities conducted in the CAFRA zone that do not meet the requirements of a Permit-by-rule, General Permit-by-certification, or General Permit will require a CAFRA Individual Permit. If your project requires an Individual Permit, all of the regulated activities can be reviewed simultaneously under one application; submission of additional general permits is not required.  Generally, compliance with the following subchapters should be addressed in a CAFRA Individual Permit’s compliance statement. 

  • Subchapter 9: Special Areas
  • Subchapter 10: Standards for Beach and Dune Activities
  • Subchapter 12: General Water Areas
  • Subchapter 13: Requirements for Non-porous Cover and Vegetative Cover for General Land Areas and Certain Special Areas
  • Subchapter 14: Location rules
  • Subchapter 15: Use Rules
  • Subchapter 16: Resource Rules

Coastal Wetlands Individual Permit

Activities conducted within wetlands subject to the Wetlands Act of 1970 that do not meet the requirements of a Permit-by-rule, General Permit-by-certification, or General Permit will require a Coastal Wetlands Individual Permit. If your project requires an Individual Permit, all of the regulated activities can be reviewed simultaneously under one application; submission of additional general permits is not required.  Generally, compliance with the following subchapters should be addressed in a Coastal Wetland Individual Permit’s compliance statement. 

  • Subchapter 9: Special Areas
  • Subchapter 12: General Water Areas
  • Subchapter 13: Requirements for Non-porous Cover and Vegetative Cover for General Land Areas and Certain Special Areas
  • Subchapter 14: Location rules
  • Subchapter 15: Use Rules
  • Subchapter 16: Resource Rules
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