To protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and its wetlands, both salt water and fresh-water, from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation and the aesthetic enjoyment of the public.
Applies to Minimum Impact Projects that qualify for Expedited Review.
Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:3 Excavating and Dredging Permit; Certain Exemptions
Env-Wt 303.04, Minimum Impact Projects, Env-Wt 501.04 Applications for Minimum Impact Projects, and Part Env-Wt 505 Expedited Minimum Impact Permits. Note: Env-Wt 501.04(f) and 505.03(e),(f) & (g). (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules)
$200 per application
If the municipal conservation commission intends to investigate the application, the processing time is 75 days. If the municipal conservation commission waives its right to investigate, the processing time is 30 days.
Five years with opportunity for one extension of five years, if certain conditions are met as noted under RSA 482-A:3, XIV-a SB 38 (2011); except as noted under Env-Wt 502.01 General Conditions Applicable To All Permits/Duration of Permit (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules).
Any request for a significant amendment to a pending application or an existing permit which changes the footprint of the permitted fill or dredge area requires a new application according to RSA 482:A-3, XIV(e) and RSA 482-A:3,.
DES will transfer the permit after receipt of a written request by the new owner or legal authority unless there is pending enforcement action.
Status of Current Applications
Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check
Please review the requirements for filing a complete application at How to Ensure Your Permit Application is Accepted.
Note that an evaluation for the presence threatened and endangered species from the Natural Heritage Bureau is required.
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147
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