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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Shoreland Program
Shoreland Impact Permit

To protect surface water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing nutrient and pollutant loading through limitations on impervious surfaces and the maintenance of vegetated buffers.

Required for projects involving excavation, fill, or construction activities within 250 feet of lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres in size, rivers or streams which are fourth order or greater, rivers designated under RSA-483, and tidal waters. Exemptions exist for agricultural operations and forestry conducted in accordance with RSA 227-J:9.

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

Application Forms
Shoreland Permit ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symbol
Instructions for Completing the Shoreland Application Worksheet Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
More Nearly Conforming Request Form Microsoft Word Symbol
Request Waiver of the Minimum StandardsMicrosoft Word Symbol
Shoreland Permit Time Extention Form PDF Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol | Word Microsoft Word Symbol

Application Form Assistance
Create a NH Natural Heritage Bureau (NHB) Report
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Sample Abutter Notification Letter Microsoft Word Symbol
U.S. Geological Survey Maps
Designated River Corridors Interactive Web Map

The permit application fee is based upon square feet of area impacted by the proposed activities and is calculated as $100 plus $.10 per square foot of impacted area. Public road, access, and utility projects are exempt from fees. Fees are capped as follows:
1) For projects that qualify for permit by notification under RSA 483-B:17, X, $100 for restoration of water quality improvement projects and $250 for all other permit by notification projects.
2) For projects of 0-9,999 square feet, $750.
3) For projects of 10,000-24,999 square feet, $1,875.
4) For projects of 25,000 square feet or more, $3,750.

Processing Time
Shoreland permit applications are reviewed within 30 days of receipt. Following review, the permit application is either permitted, denied or a "Request for More Information" letter is mailed to the applicant. Applicants must respond to NHDES requests for more information within 60 days. Once the response is received from the applicant, a decision to permit or deny the project is made within 30 days.

Shoreland permits are valid for five years from the date of issuance. After that time, any work not completed will require a new application or a Request for Permit Time Extensions. PDF Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol | Word Microsoft Word Symbol

Deviations from the approved plans may require either a permit amendment or a new application if the modification results in increased impacts.

Permits are transferable at any time during the permit term. Transfer requires a written request submitted to the Shoreland Program.
Permit Ownership Change Form Microsoft Word Symbol

Any person aggrieved by a final decision can appeal the decision to the Wetlands Council in accordance with Env-WtC 100 & 200 Wetlands Council Rules 

Status of Current Applications
Permit Application Decision Reports
Wetland and Shoreland Permits Query

More Information
Shoreland Program

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



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