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Waterfront Development and Environmental Review

Waterfront Development and Environmental Review


The Marine Resources Administration supports the Division of Land Resource Protection in their charge of regulating land use activities by providing guidance, maps or surveys, and technical review of waterfront development permit applications subject to the Coastal Zone Management Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:7.  Waterfront development activities can include projects like docks, bulkheads, marinas, channel dredging, aquaculture gear, living shorelines, ports, sand mining, and energy generating facilities.

Species/Habitat of Interest

Common habitats of interest covered in N.J.A.C. 7:7-9 Special Areas include Subchapters:

9.2 Shellfish Habitat
9.3 Surf Clam Areas
9.4 Prime Fishing Areas
9.5 Finfish Migratory Pathways
9.6 Submerged Vegetation Habitat
9.13 Shipwreck and Artificial Reef Habitats
9.36 Endangered or Threatened Wildlife or Plant Species Habitats


The MRA is working to develop resource tools for the public and DEP staff to use when preparing or evaluating a permit application.  All GIS-based resources are available on the Department’s Bureau of GIS GeoWeb application. Guidance is also available on the Division of Land Resource Protection guidance website.

Project Lead Contact Information/Designated Contact Person

All questions related to waterfront development
permit applications can be directed to the
Division of Land Resource Protection contact website.

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Last Update: June 6th, 2022