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Permit-by-rule (PBR) 7 - expansion or relocation (with or without expansion) landward or parallel to the mean high water line of the footprint of a residential or commercial development

The PBR 7 authorizes the expansion or relocation (with or without expansion) landward or parallel to the mean high water line of the footprint of a legally constructed residential development, including accessory development such as sheds, garages, pools, and driveways, or commercial development that has been or could have been legally occupied in the most recent 5-year period, provided:

  • The expansion or relocation is in compliance with the applicable requirements or codes of municipal, State and Federal law;
  • The expansion or relocation is not proposed on a beach, dune, or wetland;
  • In the case of residential development, the expansion does not result in an increase in the
  • number of dwelling units;
  • In the case of commercial development, the expansion does not result in an increase in thenumber of parking spaces or equivalent parking area associated with the development;
  • The expansion or relocation does not result in additional impacts to special areas as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9;
  • The expansion or relocation meets the requirements of N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.25 (Flood hazard areas) and 9.26 (Riparian zones); and
  • The expansion does not increase the surface area of the footprint of the development by a cumulative total of more than 400 sq. ft. on the property constructed after July 19, 1994.

Please be advised:

  • Special consideration is given to expansions which include structures such as stairs or an ADA-compliant ramp or are constructed only for access to a residential or commercial development.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-4.7.

If your project does not meet the requirements of the PBR 7, 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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