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Electronic Applications: Submitting an E-LOI Application

Additional Information Required Depending on LOI Type


Note: While the application and application supporting documentation can be submitted electronically, it is required that surveys, signed and sealed by a licensed surveyor must be submitted to the Division for review. The specific requirements for these paper surveys are listed below under the "Paper Survey Requirements" section for each LOI type.



Presence Absence LOI

Paper Survey Requirements: 

For a presence/absence LOI for an entire site under N.J.A.C. 7:7A-3.2(c)1, no additional information is required to be submitted.

Digital Survey Requirements: 

On the "Site Information" section of the portal, you will be required to upload a "Site" shapefile which defines the boundaries of the site.
There are several files which together constitute a "shapefile". You will be required to upload all of these files together as one "zip" file for each shapefile you upload. Please see the "GIS Data Requirements for NJDEP’s RSP-LOI Service" section of this guide for critical information on how to create shapefiles from CAD so that any shapefiles you upload will not be rejected by the portal.

Site Requirements: 

The boundaries of the site must be flagged or staked to enable Department staff to identify the site boundaries.


Footprint of Disturbance LOI

Paper Survey Requirements:

Three (3) folded copies of a survey, drawn at a scale of no more than 1 inch to 50 feet, prepared in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7A-10.1(q), signed and sealed by a licensed surveyor, clearly showing the portion of the site (or "footprint of disturbance") which the applicant wishes the LOI to cover;

Sequentually numbered flags or stakes placed on the site must be indicated on the survey to show the boundaries of the portion of the site (or "footprint of disturbance") that the LOI will cover. This is so that Department staff can easily find the boundary of that portion of the site;

Digital Requirements: 

On the "Site Information" section of the portal, you will be required to upload both a "Site" shapefile and a "Footprint" shapefile.

There are several files which together constitute a "shapefile". You will be required to upload all of these files together as a "zip" file for each shapefile you upload. Please see the "GIS Data Requirements for NJDEP’s RSP-LOI Service" section of this guide for critical information on how to create shapefiles from CAD so that they will not be rejected by the portal.

In addition, a digital copy of the survey in PDF shall be uploaded as part of the application. In addition to a PDF, it is recommended that you also upload a CAD file, which is a useful tool for the Project Manager to review the application.

Site Requirements:

Sequentually numbered flags or stakes must be placed on the site to show the boundaries of the portion of the site (or "footprint of disturbance") that the LOI will cover so that Department staff can easily find the boundary of that portion of the site.


Line Delineation LOI

Paper Survey Requirements: 

For a line delineation LOI for a site under one acre referenced at N.J.A.C. 7:7A-3.3, the application shall include three (3) copies of a survey of the site, drawn at a scale of no more than 1 inch to 50 feet, prepared in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7A-10.1(q), signed and sealed by a licensed surveyor.

Digital Requirements: 

On the "Site Information" section of the portal, you will be required to upload, at a minimum, a "Site" shapefile. You may, as an option, upload "Wetlands" polygons as well.

There are several files which together constitute a "shapefile". You will be required to upload all of these files together as a "zip" file for each shapefile you upload. Please see the "GIS Data Requirements for NJDEP’s RSP-LOI Service" section of this guide for critical information on how to create shapefiles from CAD so that they will not be rejected by the portal.

In addition, a digital copy of the survey in PDF, shall be uploaded as part of the application. In addition to a PDF, it is recommended that you also upload a CAD file, which is a useful tool for the Project Manager to review the application.

Site Requirements: 

The boundaries of the site shall be flagged or staked to enable Department staff to identify the site boundaries.


Line Verification LOI

Data Sheets: For a Line Verification, the application must include data sheets for sample locations which include:

  • Soil Borings: Soil logs describing the soil characteristics at the location of each soil boring, including a description of the field indicators, or lack thereof, for hydrology as outlined in the 1989 Federal manual;
  • Vegetation: A description of the vegetative species on the site recorded at each soil boring location classified using the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) categories listed under “R/IND” and “NAT-IND” (Regional and National Indicators) columns in the “National Wetlands Plant List” and amendments thereto, compiled by the USFWS, United States Army Corps of Engineers, USEPA and the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service;

Paper Survey Requirements: The following information is required to be submitted in paper form:

Three (3) folded copies of a survey , drawn at a scale of no more than one inch to 100 feet, prepared in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7A-10.1(q), signed and sealed by a licensed surveyor;

  • The survey shall show the boundaries for the entire site.
  • The proposed boundaries of all wetlands and/or open waters on the site must be drawn and clearly labeled on the survey and must include:
    • The flags or stakes depicted in the field identifying the wetland(s) and/or State open water(s) boundaries. Each flag must be uniquely (sequentially if possible) numbered and identified on the survey ;
    • The line segments between each flag must be uniquely (sequentially if possible) numbered on the survey .
  • The survey shall indicate the location and identifying number of each soil boring;
  • The survey shall indicate topographic contours as follows:
    • If the site is located in Middlesex County or Mercer County or anywhere north of these counties, the survey must show topographic contours at intervals of no more than five feet;
    • If the site is located south of Middlesex and Mercer Counties, the survey must show topographic contours at intervals of no more than two feet;

Digital Requirements:

On the "Site Information" section of the portal, you will be required to upload both a "Site" shapefile and a "Wetlands" shapefile. You may optionally submit a"Wetlands Transition Area" polygon shapefile as well. If however, there are off site wetlands which create a transition area on the subject site, you will be required to submit a "Transition Area" shapefile for, at a minimum, those off site wetlands.

There are several files which together constitute a "shapefile". You will be required to upload all of these files together as a "zip" file for each shapefile you upload. Please see the "GIS Data Requirements for NJDEP’s RSP-LOI Service" section of this guide for critical information on how to create shapefiles from CAD so that they will not be rejected by the portal.

In addition, a digital copy of the survey in PDF, shall be uploaded as part of the application. In addition to a PDF, it is recommended that you also upload a CAD file, which is a useful tool for the Project Manager to review the application.

Site Requirements:

  • The proposed boundaries of all wetlands and/or open waters must be flagged or staked on the site as follows so that Department staff can visit the site and locate the proposed boundaries:
    • The flags or stakes must be no more than 75 feet apart and set in relation to identifiable points and landmarks if possible;
    • Each flag or stake must be clearly numbered, and identified on the survey by its number;
  • The boundaries of the site must also be flagged or staked so that Department staff can visit the site and locate the boundaries.
  • Soil borings must be taken as follows:
    • Soil borings shall be taken along a line perpendicular to the wetlands boundary, starting in the definite wetland area and moving towards the uplands;
    • Each soil boring must be at least eighteen inches deep, and must be deeper if necessary to provide clear evidence of the soil characteristics at that location on the site. Deeper borings are often necessary in atypical or disturbed wetlands;
    • The number of soil borings must be sufficient to provide a representative sampling of the soil on the site. The Department may require additional borings if necessary to provide a representative sampling;

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