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Permit-by-rule (PBR) 13 - installation of solar panels on a maintained
lawn or landscaped area at a single-family home or duplex lot

The PBR 13 authorizes the installation of solar panels on a maintained lawn or landscaped area at a single-family home or duplex lot, provided:

  • The solar panel development shall not be located in or on dunes, beaches, wetlands, floodways, or coastal bluffs;
  • The solar panel development shall be setback a minimum of 50’ from the inland limit of any wetlands, beach, or dune;
  • The maintained lawn or landscaped area is not subject to a previous coastal permit requirement that it remain as vegetative cover; and
  • The solar panel development shall not be located within an area mapped as threatened or endangered species habitat on the Department’s Landscape Maps of Habitat for Endangered, Threatened and Other Priority Wildlife (Landscape Maps), except as provided below.  The Landscape Maps are available on the Department’s interactive mapping website at https://www.nj.gov/dep/gis;
    • The solar panel(s) is located within 120’ of an existing building on an actively maintained lawn or area of land that has been manipulated by contouring of the soil and/or by intentional planting of flowers, grasses, shrubs, trees or other ornamental vegetation, which is maintained in such a condition by regular and frequent (at least one time per year) cutting, mowing, pruning, planting, weeding or mulching; or
    • The solar panel(s) is located on legally existing non-porous cover.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-4.13.

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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