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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Shoreland Program
Shoreland Permit by Notification

Allow for a simple permitting process with rapid turnaround time for certain projects which will not adversely impact public waters provided they are completed in accordance with standard conditions.


  • Construction, excavation, and filing, or other activity that impacts less than 1,500 square feet and adds no more than 900 square feet of impervious area, within a protected shoreland area.
  • Construction, excavation, and filling, directly related to stormwater management improvements and erosion control projects or environmental restoration or enhancement projects.
  • Maintenance, repairs, and improvements of public utilities, public roads, and public access facilities.
  • Any similar activities defined as qualified for a permit by notification by rules of the Env-Wq 1406.05.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 483-B, Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act
Env-Wq 1400 Shoreland Protection (see Env-Wq 1400 Shoreland Rules)

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Fees are capped at $200 for stormwater improvement or environmental restoration projects.
Fees for all other projects are capped at $400

Processing Time
Five business days.

Permit by Notification valid for 5 years. Currently not renewable.

None allowed. New filing required.

Not transferable.

There are no provisions for appeal of a Shoreland Permit by Notification.

Status of Current Application
Permit Application Decision Reports
Wetland and Shoreland Permits Status Check

More Information
Please make sure your Permit by Notification package contains all the necessary items for processing. Notifications will only be accepted by NHDES if they are both complete and meet the qualifying project criteria. Notifications that are incomplete and/or do not meet the qualifying project criteria will be rejected. Application fees submitted with rejected notifications will not be refunded.

Contact Us
Shoreland Program at (603) 271-2147 or



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