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How to Ensure Your Permit Application is Accepted

The Land Resource Management Program (LRMP) follows an internal process for reviewing incoming permit application packages to ensure each application is processed promptly and consistently. Each application/notification/registration submitted to the Alteration of Terrain Bureau, Subsurface Systems Bureau, and Wetlands Bureau, which includes Shoreland Program is reviewed by a team of cross-trained administrative staff, referred to as the Application Receipt Center (ARC).

The coordinated application receipt process determines the presence or absence of the minimum elements required for NHDES to begin technical review of each application/registration/notification.

The following types of LRMP applications will be reviewed by the ARC:

  • Alteration of Terrain Applications
  • Subsurface Individual Septic Disposal System Applications
  • Subsurface Subdivision Approval
  • Wetland Statutory Permits-by-Notification (SPNs)
  • Wetland Routine Roadway Maintenance Registrations
  • Wetlands Permits-by-Notification (PBNs)
  • Wetlands Small Motor Mineral Dredge Applications
  • Wetlands Expedited (EXP) Minimum Impact Applications
  • Wetlands Standard Dredge and Fill Applications, including Waivers and Variances
  • Shoreland PBNs (Fee only)
  • Shoreland Applications, including Waivers and Variances (Fee only)

Applications

Application packages containing the required elements will be accepted. Applicants will receive a letter indicating that their application package has been accepted. For Wetlands applications, this will constitute the notice of administrative completeness under RSA 482-A:3, XIV (see sample acceptance letter Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol) . Application packages that are accepted will proceed to technical review. The technical staff will review the application material for compliance with applicable technical standards and confirm that the applicant has fulfilled all requirements as specified by statute or regulation.

Application packages missing the required elements will be identified as incomplete. The ARC will notify the applicant of the determination via a letter identifying the missing elements and describing how to resubmit the application package to NHDES. For Wetlands applications, this will constitute the notice of administrative incompleteness under RSA 482-A:3, XIV (see sample incompleteness letter Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol) . The applicant is expected to provide copies of missing or modified elements of the application package to the municipal clerk and others, as required by statute or regulation. The ARC will copy the acceptance or incompleteness letter to the municipal clerk in the city or town where the proposed project is located.

Registrations/Notifications

Registrations and notifications containing the required elements will be considered complete. Complete registrations/notifications undergo immediate compliance review. Complete and compliant registrations/notifications are identified as such in the OneStop system. Certain notifications (Wetlands Seasonal Dock and Forestry SPNs and Wetlands PBNs) receive confirmatory generic permits via First Class mail (see sample completeness letter Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol).

Registrations and notifications missing the required elements will be considered incomplete. The ARC will notify the notifier of the determination via a letter identifying the missing elements and describing how to resubmit the notification package to NHDES per Administrative Rules Env-Wt 308.05 and 309.04. Incomplete registrations/SPNs are identified as such in the OneStop system. Incomplete Wetlands and Shoreland PBNs are rejected, per Administrative Rules Env-Wt 309.07 and Env-Wq 1406.19, respectively. The ARC will notify the notifier of the determination, identifying the missing elements, via First Class mail (see sample rejection letter Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol) .

Requests for Wetlands Emergency Authorizations are not handled by the ARC, but are handled by the Regional Wetlands Permit Inspector (see LRMP Wetlands Permitting Regions map Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol).

The table below identifies the general elements required for a permit application/registration/notification package to be accepted or considered complete under each program. Please be aware that any section of your application/registration/notification lacking an entry will make the form incomplete. Also, please be sure to refer to the checklist included with your specific application/registration/notification for a detailed list of attachments.

Alteration of Terrain Bureau, Subsurface Systems Bureau, Wetlands Bureau and the Shoreland Program have recently-updated permit application forms. All current application forms have a revision date of December 2019 within the footnote, and are available from the NHDES Forms Portal. Please make sure you use the newest LRMP application forms for your submittals, because as of December 15, 2019, the LRMP will no longer accept outdated permit application forms; applications/registrations/notifications submitted on outdated forms will not be accepted or considered incomplete.

Bureau/Program
Required Elements for Acceptance of Application
Alteration of Terrain
  • Application Form
  • Fee
  • Project Plans
Subsurface Systems
Individual Subsurface Disposal System
  • Application Form (with owner's signature)
  • Tax map/lot number (on application form)
  • Fee
  • Two (2) sets of project plans with designer stamp
  • Municipal approval stamp (if required per RSA 485-A:32,II)
Subsurface Systems Subdivision Approval
  • Application Form
  • Tax map/lot number (on application form)
  • Fee
  • Two (2) sets of project plans with a surveyor stamp
  • Test pit information with designer stamp
Wetlands SPNs and Registrations
  • Application Form (with owner signatures)
  • Fee
  • Project Plans
  • Natural Heritage Bureau (NHB) file number (on application) or NHB letter with map
  • appropriate location map
Wetlands PBNs
  • Application Form (with owner, municipal clerk, and conservation commission signatures)
  • Narrative Description (on application form)
  • Town Tax Map
  • Fee
  • Project Plans
  • Photos
  • Natural Heritage Bureau (NHB) file number (on application) or NHB letter with map
  • USGS map
Wetlands Applications
  • Application Form (with applicant, owner and municipal clerk signatures)
  • Conservation commission signature for EXP applications
  • Narrative Description (on application form)
  • Tax map, abutter information and certified mail receipts
  • Fee
  • Project Plans
  • USGS Map
  • Photos
  • Avoidance and Minimization information
  • Wetland Functional Assessment (minor and major projects)
  • Project-specific worksheets (Coastal, Mitigation, Stream Crossing, etc.)
Shoreland
  • Correct Fee

 

 

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