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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau Pre-Application Process

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) initiated a significant, multi-year effort to improve the technical standards as well as the operation and decision-making processes used by the Wetlands Bureau. One outcome of the "Wetlands Program Rule making and Process Improvement Effort" was to implement a requirement for a pre-application meeting to be held prior to submitting project proposals that require compensatory mitigation.  NHDES Rule Env-Wt 501.01(a) states: Prior to filing an application for a project for which compensatory mitigation will be required, the applicant shall meet with the department to coordinate the review of the compensatory mitigation proposal. 

The pre-application review will accomplish the following:

  • Provide clear and consistent direction to applicants.
  • Improve communications between state/federal agencies and local entities.
  • Ensure openness of the process.
  • Reduce rework by all parties – saving time and money.
  • Promote environmentally-sensitive land use planning.
  • Provide an efficient process that serves as an incentive for applicants to pursue “environmentally-superior” designs.

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Contact Information

  • Wetlands Program
    NHDES Wetlands Bureau
    29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
    Concord, NH 03302-0095
    (603) 271-2147
    (603) 271-6588 (fax)
  • Portsmouth Office
    (603) 559-1500



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