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FRESHWATER WETLANDS PROTECTION ACT RULES
N.J.A.C. 7:7A

SUBCHAPTER 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
SUBCHAPTER 2 APPLICABILITY
SUBCHAPTER 3 LETTERS OF INTERPRETATION
SUBCHAPTER 4 GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR GENERAL PERMITS
SUBCHAPTER 5 ADOPTED GENERAL PERMITS
SUBCHAPTER 6 TRANSITION AREA WAIVERS
SUBCHAPTER 7 INDIVIDUAL FRESHWATER WETLANDS AND OPEN WATER FILL PERMITS
SUBCHAPTER 8 EMERGENCY PERMITS
SUBCHAPTER 9 PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES
SUBCHAPTER 10 APPLICATION CONTENTS AND PROCEDURE
SUBCHAPTER 11 FEES
SUBCHAPTER 12 DEPARTMENT REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS
SUBCHAPTER 13 CONTENTS OF PERMITS AND WAIVERS
SUBCHAPTER 14 CHANGES TO ISSUED PERMITS OR WAIVERS
SUBCHAPTER 15 MITIGATION
SUBCHAPTER 16 ENFORCEMENT
SUBCHAPTER 17 Reconsideration by Department of its action or inaction concerning a permit
APPENDIX 1


SUBCHAPTER 1 GENERAL INFORMATION

7:7A-1.1 Scope and authority
7:7A-1.2 Construction of this chapter
7:7A-1.3 Forms and information, internet web site
7:7A-1.4 Definitions
7:7A-1.5 Severability
7:7A-1.6 Other statutes and regulations
7:7A-1.7 Hearings and appeals

SUBCHAPTER 2 APPLICABILITY

7:7A-2.1 Jurisdiction; permit or waiver requirement
7:7A-2.2 Regulated activities in freshwater wetlands and State open waters
7:7A-2.3 Identifying freshwater wetlands
7:7A-2.4 Classification of freshwater wetlands by resource value
7:7A-2.5 General transition area provisions
7:7A-2.6 Regulated activities in transition areas
7:7A-2.7 Transition areas due to freshwater wetlands on adjacent property
7:7A-2.8 Activities exempted from permit and/or waiver requirement
7:7A-2.9 Geographic areas exempted from permit and/or waiver requirement
7:7A-2.10 Exemption letters
7:7A-2.11 Stormwater management
7:7A-2.12 Conservation restrictions or easements

SUBCHAPTER 3 LETTERS OF INTERPRETATION

7:7A-3.1 Basic LOI information
7:7A-3.2 Presence/absence LOI
7:7A-3.3 Line delineation LOI
7:7A-3.4 Line verification LOI
7:7A-3.5 Application for a letter of interpretation
7:7A-3.6 Effect, duration, and extension of a letter of interpretation

SUBCHAPTER 4 GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR GENERAL PERMITS

7:7A-4.1 Department issuance of general permits
7:7A-4.2 Using a general permit to authorize specific activities
7:7A-4.3 Conditions that apply to all general permit authorizations
7:7A-4.4 Use of multiple general permits
7:7A-4.5 Application for authorization to act under General Permits

SUBCHAPTER 5 ADOPTED GENERAL PERMITS

7:7A-5.1 General permit 1--Maintenance and repair of existing feature
7:7A-5.2 General permit 2--Underground utility lines
7:7A-5.3 General permit 3--Discharge of return water
7:7A-5.4 General permit 4--Hazardous site investigation and cleanup
7:7A-5.5 General permit 5--Landfill closures
7:7A-5.6 General permit 6--Non-tributary wetlands
7:7A-5.6A General permit 6A—Transition areas adjacent to non-tributary wetlands
7:7A-5.7 General permit 7--Human-made ditches or swales in headwaters
7:7A-5.8 General permit 8--House additions
7:7A-5.9 General permit 9--Airport sight line clearing
7:7A-5.10A General permit 10A—Very minor road crossings
7:7A-5.10B General permit 10B--Minor road crossings
7:7A-5.11 General permit 11--Outfalls and intake structures
7:7A-5.12 General permit 12--Surveying and investigating
7:7A-5.13 General permit 13--Lake dredging
7:7A-5.14 General permit 14--Water monitoring devices
7:7A-5.15 General permit 15--Mosquito control activities
7:7A-5.16 General permit 16--Habitat creation and enhancement activities
7:7A-5.17 General permit 17--Trails and boardwalks
7:7A-5.17A General permit 17A—Non-Motorized, Multiple-use Paths
7:7A-5.18 General permit 18--Dam repair
7:7A-5.19 General permit 19--Docks and piers
7:7A-5.20 General permit 20--Bank stabilization
7:7A-5.21 General permit 21--Above ground utility lines
7:7A-5.22 (RESERVED)
7:7A-5.23 General permit 23--Expansion of cranberry growing operations in the Pinelands
7:7A-5.24 General permit 24--Spring developments
7:7A-5.25 General permit 25--Malfunctioning individual subsurface sewage disposal (septic) systems
7:7A-5.26 General permit 26-- Minor channel or stream cleaning for local government agencies
7:7A-5.27 General permit 27--Redevelopment of previously disturbed areas

SUBCHAPTER 6 TRANSITION AREA WAIVERS

7:7A-6.1 General transition area waiver provisions
7:7A-6.2 Transition area averaging plan waiver
7:7A-6.3 Special activity transition area waiver
7:7A-6.4 Matrix type width reduction transition area waiver
7:7A-6.5 Hardship transition area waiver
7:7A-6.6 Application for a transition area waiver

SUBCHAPTER 7 INDIVIDUAL FRESHWATER WETLANDS AND OPEN WATER FILL PERMITS

7:7A-7.1 General provisions for individual permits
7:7A-7.2 Standard requirements for all individual permits
7:7A-7.3 (Reserved)
7:7A-7.4 Additional requirements for a non water-dependent activity in a wetland or special aquatic site
7:7A-7.5 Additional requirements for a non-water dependent activity in exceptional resource value wetlands or trout production waters

SUBCHAPTER 8 EMERGENCY PERMITS

7:7A-8.1 Emergency permits
7:7A-8.2 Obtaining an emergency permit

SUBCHAPTER 9 PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

7:7A-9.1 Purpose
7:7A-9.2 Request for a pre-application conference

SUBCHAPTER 10 APPLICATION CONTENTS AND PROCEDURE

7:7A-10.1 Basic application information
7:7A-10.2 Basic content requirements for all applicationsN.J.A.C.
7:7A-10.3 Additional application requirements for an LOI
7:7A-10.4 Additional application requirements for a general permit authorization
7:7A-10.5 Additional application requirements for a transition area waiver
7:7A-10.6 Additional application requirements for an individual freshwater wetlands or open water fill permit
7:7A-10.7 Additional application requirements for a modification or extension
7:7A-10.8 Public notice requirements for applications
7:7A-10.9 Signatories to permit applications and reports
7:7A-10.10 Confidentiality

SUBCHAPTER 11 FEES

7:7A-11.1 General fee provisions

SUBCHAPTER 12 DEPARTMENT REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS

7:7A-12.1 Completeness review
7:7A-12.2 USEPA review
7:7A-12.3 Public comment on an application
7:7A-12.4 Hearings on an application for an individual permit or transition area waiver
7:7A-12.5 Final decisions
7:7A-12.6 Cancellation, withdrawal, resubmission and amendment of applications
7:7A-12.7 Resubmittal of a denied application

SUBCHAPTER 13 CONTENTS OF PERMITS AND WAIVERS

7:7A-13.1 Standard conditions that apply to all permits
7:7A-13.2 Establishing permit conditions
7:7A-13.3 Duration of permits
7:7A-13.4 Effect of a permit

SUBCHAPTER 14 CHANGES TO ISSUED PERMITS OR WAIVERS

7:7A-14.1 General provisions for changing an issued permit
7:7A-14.2 Transfer of a permit
7:7A-14.3 Modification of a permit
7:7A-14.4 Suspension of a permit, waiver, or general permit authorization
7:7A-14.5 Termination of a permit
7:7A-14.6 Permit extensions

SUBCHAPTER 15 MITIGATION

7:7A-15.1 Mitigation definitions
7:7A-15.2 General mitigation requirements
7:7A-15.3 Timing of mitigation
7:7A-15.4 Property suitable for mitigation and the criteria for addressing contaminated sites
7:7A-15.5 Mitigation for a smaller disturbance
7:7A-15.6 Mitigation for a larger disturbance
7:7A-15.7 Mitigation for a temporary disturbance
7:7A-15.8 Amount of mitigation required
7:7A-15.9 Requirements for upland preservation
7:7A-15.10 Conceptual review of a mitigation area
7:7A-15.11 Basic requirements for all mitigation proposals
7:7A-15.12 Contents of a mitigation proposal
7:7A-15.13 Financial assurance for a proposal to restore, create, or enhance wetlands
7:7A-15.14 Protecting a mitigation area from future development
7:7A-15.15 Department review of a mitigation proposal
7:7A-15.16 Requirements that apply after the Department approves restoration, creation or enhancement
7:7A-15.17 Requirements that apply after the Department approves credit purchase or uplands preservation
7:7A-15.18 Requirements that apply after the Department approves mitigation through a monetary contribution
7:7A-15.19 Requirements that apply after the Department approves mitigation through a land donation
7:7A-15.20 Wetlands Mitigation Council
7:7A-15.21 Council review of a proposed monetary contribution
7:7A-15.22 Council review of a proposed land donation
7:7A-15.23 Mitigation banks
7:7A-15.24 Application for Wetlands Mitigation Council approval of a monetary contribution or land donation
7:7A-15.25 Application for approval of a mitigation bank
7:7A-15.26 Mitigation for transition area impacts in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:7A-6.3(g), special activity transition area waivers based upon individual permit criteria

SUBCHAPTER 16 ENFORCEMENT

7:7A-16.1 General provisions
7:7A-16.2 USEPA review
7:7A-16.3 Administrative order
7:7A-16.4 Civil action
7:7A-16.5 Civil administrative penalty
7:7A-16.6 Assessment, settlement and payment of a civil administrative penalty
7:7A-16.7 Appeal of an administrative order and/or notice of civil administrative penalty assessment
7:7A-16.8 Civil administrative penalty amount for failure to obtain a permit prior to conducting regulated activities
7:7A-16.9 Civil administrative penalty amount for any violation other than failure to obtain a permit prior to conducting regulated activities, submittal of inaccurate or false information, failure to allow entry, or failure to pay a civil administrative penalty
7:7A-16.10 Civil administrative penalty amount for submitting inaccurate or false information
7:7A-16.11 Civil administrative penalty amount for failure to allow entry and inspection
7:7A-16.12 Civil administrative penalty for failure to pay a civil administrative penalty
7:7A-16.13 Economic benefit factor
7:7A-16.14 Civil penalty
7:7A-16.15 Criminal action
7:7A-16.16 Forfeiture of conveyances
7:7A-16.17 Notice of violation recorded on deed to property
7:7A-16.18 "After the fact" permit
7:7A-16.19 Public participation
7:7A-16.20 Grace period applicability; procedures

SUBCHAPTER 17 Reconsideration by Department of its action or inaction concerning a permit

7:7A-17.1 Reconsideration by Department of its action or inaction concerning a permit

APPENDIX 1

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