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 maintenance (inspection) and repair of existing utility services within existing rights of way.
Utility Maintenance Notification Form
$200 one-time annual fee per town, not to exceed an annual maximum of $10,000. No additional fee is required for amendments as long as additional towns are not included in the amendment request.
Typically 7 – 10 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,I.
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.
Utility maintenance must be done in accordance with Best Management Practices Manual for Utility Maintenance in and Adjacent to Wetlands and Waterbodies in New Hampshire published by NH DRED.
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147
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