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Permit-by-rule (PBR) 14 - reconfiguration of any legally
existing dock, wharf, or pier at a legally existing marina

The PBR 14 authorizes reconfiguration of any legally existing dock, wharf, or pier at a legally existing marina, provided the marina is not located within shellfish habitat, submerged vegetation habitat, or a wetland and provided the proposed reconfiguration:

  • Does not extend outside of the area covered by an existing Tidelands instrument;
  • Does not result in an increase in the number of boat slips;
  • Does not hinder navigation;
  • Does not increase the total linear footage of docks or piers within the marina;
  • Provide a minimum of four feet from all property lines, for docks which are perpendicular to the adjacent bulkhead or shoreline; and
  • Minimizes the water area covered by structures by:
    • Providing a minimum of 8’ of open water between any docks if the combined widthof the docks over water exceeds 8’; and
    • For sites which have existing dock or pier structures exceeding 8’ in width over water areas and/or wetlands, which were constructed prior to September 1978 and for which the applicant proposes to relocate, the existing oversized structures must be reduced to a maximum of 8’ in width over water areas and 6’ in width over wetlands and intertidal flats.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-4.14.

If your project does not meet the requirements of the PBR 1, 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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