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Welcome to the Division of Land Resource Protection


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NOTICE: Effective October 5, 2021, all applications for the following must be submitted electronically through DEP Online:

  • General Permits
  • Individual Permits
  • Water Quality Certificates
  • Freshwater Wetland Transition Area Waivers
  • Flood Hazard Verifications that are submitted
    in conjunction with an application for a permit
    or Transition Area Waiver


About the Division: Managing New Jersey’s land is a critical function of the Department of Environmental Protection’s overall environmental protection strategy. In recognition of the intimate tie between land use and the health and quality of our streams, estuaries, coastal waters, wetlands, wildlife habitat and our drinking water, the New Jersey legislature has charged the Department with regulating land use activities.

The Department’s Division of Land Resource Protection fulfills this obligation by regulating land use activities through a permit process in accordance with the rules promulgated in support of the following statutes: Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act (N.J.S.A. 13:9B et seq.), Flood Hazard Area Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:16A), Wetlands Act of 1970 (N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1 et. seq.), Coastal Area Facility Review Act (N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq.), Waterfront Development Law (N.J.S.A. 12:5-3), Tidelands Act (N.J.S.A. 12:3), NJ Water Pollution Control Act (N.J.S.A. 58:10A et seq.), and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (P.L. 2004, c.120).

For Land Use Regulatory Information Related to Emergencies such as Storm Damage, Please Click Here for our "Emergencies" Web Page

If you have questions regarding the Division or its mission, please visit our various webpages or use our contact page to get in touch with us directly.


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