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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau
Wetlands Utility Maintenance Notification

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 (inspection) and repair of existing utility services within existing rights of way.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:3, XV Excavating and Dredging Permit; Certain Exemptions
Env-Wt 303.04 (af) Minimum Impact Projects (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules)

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$200 one-time annual fee per town, not to exceed an annual maximum of $10,000. No additional fee is required for amendments as long as additional towns are not included in the amendment request.

Processing Time
Typically 7 – 10 days

Utility Maintenance Notifications are valid for one year from the Notification Completion Date as found on the NHDES One Stop website.

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.

NHDES will transfer the permit after receipt of a written request by the new owner or legal authority unless there is pending enforcement action.

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
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.
Utility maintenance must be done in accordance with Best Management Practices Manual for Utility Maintenance in and Adjacent to Wetlands and Waterbodies in New Hampshire Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolpublished by NH DRED.

Contact Us
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147



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