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Bureau of Coastal and Land Use Compliance & Enforcement

About Us
The Bureau of Coastal and Land Use Enforcement (CLUE) is responsible for enforcing the regulatory programs established under six (6) separate environmental protection statutes: the Waterfront and Harbor Facilities Act; the (Coastal) Wetlands Act of 1970; the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act; the Flood Hazard Area Control Act; the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act; and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.  All of these statutes provide authority for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to regulate development (including clearing of vegetation and filling) within environmentally sensitive areas such as beaches, dunes, wetlands and floodplains. (For the citations and CLUE's Restoration Guidance Document, See the Resources page)

What We Do
The Coastal and Land Use Compliance and Enforcement program performs the following main functions and services:

  • Responds to reports and/or complaints of possible land use violations received from municipal and county officials, private citizens, and other public and private organizations.
  • Conducts compliance inspections of Land Use permits, waivers and Letters of Interpretation to ensure compliance with their conditions, requirements, and limitations.
  • Issues enforcement documents compelling compliance, including Notices of Violation, Administrative Orders and Notices of Civil Administrative Penalty Assessments, and also executes Administrative Consent Orders to resolve cases and ensure compliance and restoration.
  • Monitors enforcement cases to ensure compliance by either securing appropriate Land Use permits or by restoring the site to predisturbance conditions.
  • Provides compliance assistance to municipal governments and citizens unfamiliar with the regulations.
  • Conducts education and outreach programs to educate all levels of government, organizations, and citizens on the technical aspects of the rules regulating development in areas under Land Use jurisdiction and the importance of complying with them.
  • Attaches and/or records violations to the property deed of the site in violation to ensure that future owners are aware of the presence of regulated areas.

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