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Wetlands Bureau

Purpose
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.

Applicability
Applies to all minor and major impact projects.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:3 Excavating and Dredging Permit; Certain Exemptions
Env-Wt 303.02, Major Projects, Env-Wt 303.03, Minor Projects (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules)

Application
Wetlands Bureau Forms/Applications

Fee
Shoreline Structures – Minor and major shoreline structure projects are $200 plus an impact fee, based on the area of dredge, fill, or dock surface area proposed, or a combination. The shoreline structure impact fee is $2 per square foot for permanent dock surface area; $1 per square foot for seasonal dock surface area; and $0.20 per square foot for dredge or fill surface area or both. For projects involving only the repair, reconstruction, or reconfiguration of an existing docking structure, the application fee is $200.

Dredge and Fill Projects – The permit application fee is $200 for minimum impact dredge and fill projects. The permit application fee is $0.20 per square foot of proposed impacts for all minor and major impact dredge and fill projects. There is a minimum fee of $200 for all projects that impact fewer than 1,000 square feet

Processing Time
The processing time is 75 days from the issuance of the Notice of Acceptance.

Term/Renewal
Five years with opportunity for one extension of five years, if certain conditions are met as noted under RSA 482-A:3, XIV-a; except as noted under Env-Wt 502.01 General Conditions Applicable To All Permits/Duration of Permit (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules).

Modification/Amendments
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,.

Transferability
Transfers of permits for major projects that involve structures in great ponds or public-owned water bodies must be approved by Governor & Council. For other permits, DES will transfer the permit after receipt of a written request by the new owner or legal authority unless there is pending enforcement action.

Appeals
Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Wetlands Program can appeal the decision to the Wetlands Council in accordance with RSA 21-O:5-a.

Status of Current Applications
Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check

More Information
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.

Contact Us
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147




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