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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau
Agricultural Permit Application

To protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and its wetlands (both salt water and fresh-water) from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation and the aesthetic enjoyment of the public.

Applies to maintenance or improvement of existing crop or pasture land for continued agricultural use.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:11, VI, VI Administrative Provisions
Env-Wt 303.04 (u) Minimum Impact Projects (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules)

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$200 per application

Processing Time
If the municipal conservation commission intends to investigate your application, the processing time is 75 days. If the municipal conservation commission waives its right to investigate, the processing time is 30 days.

Five years with opportunity for one extension of five years, if certain conditions are met as noted under RSA 482-A:3, XIV-a SB 38 (2011); except as noted under Env-Wt 502.01 General Conditions Applicable To All Permits/Duration of Permit (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules).

Any request for a significant amendment to a pending application or an existing permit which changes the footprint of the permitted fill or dredge area requires a new application according to RSA 482:A-3, XIV(e) and RSA 482-A:3,I.


Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Wetlands Program can appeal the decision to the Wetlands Council in accordance with RSA 21-O:5-a.

Status of Current Applications
Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check

More Information
Agriculture projects must be done in accordance with Best Management Wetland Practices for Agriculture. Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Please review the requirements for filing a complete application at How to Ensure Your Permit Application is Accepted.
Note that an evaluation for the presence threatened and endangered species from the Natural Heritage Bureau is required.

Contact Us
Wetlands Bureau or (603) 271-2147



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