Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver

NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs  

Division of Land Use Regulation
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

DEP Home | About DEP | Index by Topic | Programs/Units | DEP Online


NOTE: All webpages and forms listed on this website are being amended in accordance with the December 18, 2017 rule changes. We will be updating these pages as soon as possible. While these updates are in progress, our web pages may contain inaccuracies. Please refer to the appropriate rule for the most accurate and updated regulations for your activity of concern.


Division Information
HomeNews & NoticesForms & ChecklistsMaps & GuidanceLaws & RulesContact Land UseSubscribe to E-Newsletter

PermittingCommon Project TypesFreshwater WetlandsStreams & Rivers (FHA)Coastal AreasTidelandsHighlandsMitigationPermit Extension ActElectronic (E) ServicesApplication Status

Related InformationFederal AgenciesPrograms/Commissions

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.

bottom bar

Division: home | news/notices | laws/rules | forms/checklists | maps/guidance | contact
Department: njdep home | about dep | index by topic | programs/units | dep online
Statewide: njhome | citizen | business | government | services A to Z | departments | search

Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996-2018
Last Updated: January 16, 2018