General Permit Number 13 (GP13) permits up to one acre of dredging in palustrine emergent freshwater wetlands necessary to restore or maintain a lake, pond or reservoir to it’s original bottom contours. GP 13 Does NOT authorize disturbance of wetlands that are not palustrine emergent freshwater wetlands, or in transtion areas, except as necessary to obtain access to a dredging project.
This page is for informational purposes only. Please see N.J.A.C. 7:7A-5.13 for the precise rules concerning this General Permit.
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7A-2.2(b), if a dredging project meets all the following
criteria, the project does NOT require Department approval under this chapter:
- The project disturbs State open waters only, and does not disturb wetlands located in the
lake, pond, or reservoir;
- The project does not disturb wetlands or transition areas adjacent to the lake, pond, or
- The project does not involve the discharge of dredged or fill material in the State open
water. For example, if the project involves placement of fill in a lake bed for an access
road, or involves temporary placement of dredged material on the lake bed prior to
removal of the dredged material, the project would be regulated and would require Department approval.
Dredged material must be disposed of in accordance with the requirements in the
standard conditions for all general permits at N.J.A.C. 7:7A-4.3. The Department may require
testing of dredged material if there is reason to suspect that the material is contaminated.
Activities under general permit 13 shall comply with all applicable requirements at N.J.A.C.
7:7A-4.3, Conditions that apply to all general permits, and N.J.A.C. 7:7A-13.1, Establishing
Getting a GP13: If you believe that your project will require a GP13, and you do not know how to apply for one, we suggest that you visit "The Permit Process" section of this website for more information. It will give you a general overview on the ins and outs of permitting, and will direct you to the forms necessary to apply. Please be advised that any application submitted must follow the procedures and information required. If you intend on applying for multiple freshwater wetland general permits, be advised that there are strict limits on what can and cannot be applied for, with a 1 acre cap on wetland disturbance for any one project site.
Note: The Department has, for your convenience, developed an Application Checklist for General Permits. Please follow carefully the requirements as outlined on this checklist to insure that you have all of the required information necessary to complete and process your application.
A direct link to the rules cited in our standard approval letter under "Permit Conditions" for this General Permit can be found below.
7:7A-5.13 General permit 13 - Lake Dredging
7:7A-4.3 Conditions that apply to all general permit authorizations
7:7A-13.1 Standard conditions that apply to all permits
7:7A - Index to the entire rule.
Please Note: The Department has made every effort to ensure that the text of this regulation is identical to the official, legally effective version set forth in the New Jersey Register. However, should there be any discrepancies between the text on this web site and the official version of the rule, the official version will govern. For more information on obtaining official versions of the rules, How To Get a Paper Copy of Department Rules
Frequently Asked Questions
If you do not see an answer to your question below, please use the Land Use Contact form on this website. We will make every attempt to answer your question as promptly as possible.
Q. When do I need to obtain a Freshwater Wetland General Permit 13?
A. When the proposed dredging activity will disturb freshwater wetlands, transition areas and /or State open waters that contain palustrine Link to definition at N.J.A.C. 7:7A-1.4] emergent wetlands.
Q. Do I have to worry about impacting fish in the lake?
A. Yes. You must take all necessary measures, including adjusting the timing of the dredging, to prevent any detrimental effect to spawning of fish in the lake, pond or reservoir or downstream.
Q. Do I have to be concerned about sediment in the water due to the dredging?
A. Yes, you must ensure there is a continuous flow of sediment –free water to the area downstream of the lake, pond or reservoir at all times during under General Permit 13.
Q. Is mitigation required?
A. No, there is no requirement for mitigation for Lake dredging.