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Notice of Rule Adoption
Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7A

December 18, 2017

On December 18, 2017, the Department adopted with changes on adoption, comprehensive amendments to the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules to add appropriate flexibility, harmonize certain procedural provisions with the Department’s other land use rules, provide better consistency with Federal, local, and other State requirements, implement statutory amendments related to agricultural exemptions and stream cleaning, and address implementation issues identified since the chapter’s readoption with amendments in 2008. These amendments were first proposed on May 1, 2017. For more information, see the notice of rule adoptions page.

Additional amendments to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:13) and to the Coastal Zone Management Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:7) are adopted to maintain consistency between the three chapters.

About the Division: Managing New Jersey’s land is a critical function of the Department of Environmental Protection’s overall environmental protection strategy. In recognition of the intimate tie between land use and the health and quality of our streams, estuaries, coastal waters, wetlands, wildlife habitat and our drinking water, the New Jersey legislature has charged the Department with regulating land use activities.

The Department’s Division of Land Use Regulation fulfills this obligation by regulating land use activities through a permit process in accordance with the rules promulgated in support of the following statutes: Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act (N.J.S.A. 13:9B et seq.), Flood Hazard Area Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:16A), Wetlands Act of 1970 (N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1 et. seq.), Coastal Area Facility Review Act (N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq.), Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3), Tidelands Act (N.J.S.A. 12:3), NJ Water Pollution Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:10A et seq.), and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (P.L. 2004, c.120).

For Land Use Regulatiory Information Related to Emergencies such as Storm Damage, Please Click Here for our "Emergencies" Web Page

If you have questions regarding the Division or its mission, please visit our various webpages or use our contact page to get in touch with us directly.

Notice: Amendments to Application Fees have been adopted February 2nd, 2015. Please see the Rule Adoption for more information. The new fee schedule and LURP form are available on this website in the Forms and Checklist section.


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