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Permit-by-rule (PBR) 4 - construction of nonresidential docks, piers, boat ramps, and decks located landward of mean high water line

The PBR 4 authorizes the construction of nonresidential docks, piers, and boat ramps located landward of the mean high water line, provided:

  • That a waterfront development permit has been obtained for the construction waterward of the mean high water line;
  • The width of the structure landward of the mean high water line shall not exceed the width of the structure waterward of the mean high water line; and
  • For docks and piers, the width of the structure over wetlands shall not exceed 6’ and the height of the structure shall be a minimum of 4’.

The PBR 4 also authorizes the construction of a nonresidential deck located landward of the mean high water line, provided:

  • The deck is not located on a beach, dune, or wetland;
  • The construction does not require clearing of forest vegetation; and
  • The deck does not exceed a footprint area of 400 sq. ft.

Please be advised:

  • The PBR 4 does not authorize a boat ramp located within wetlands.
  • The waterfront development permit for the construction waterward of the mean high water line may include additional conditions (including, but not limited to, public access to the
    waterfront) on the upland construction to ensure compliance with this chapter.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-4.4.

If your project does not meet the requirements of the PBR 4, 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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