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Freshwater Wetlands - Application Guidance
Water Monitoring Devices (General Permit 14)

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General Permit Number 14 (GP13) permits the placement and use of the following within freshwater wetlands, transition areas, and State open waters:

  1. Water level recording devices;
  2. Water quality monitoring and testing devices;
  3. Small weirs or flumes for recording water quantity or velocity;
  4. The drilling of monitoring wells; and
  5. Similar small scientific devices

This page is for informational purposes only. Please see N.J.A.C. 7:7A-5.12 for the precise rules concerning this General Permit.

If an applicant cannot determine at the time of application how many monitoring wells will
be needed, the Department may issue a "blanket" authorization under general permit 14 for
drilling of monitoring wells, such as those used in cleanups of contaminated groundwater.

To be eligible for a "blanket" authorization, the monitoring wells must be approved by the Department's Division of Remediation Management and Response or by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Getting a GP14: If you believe that your project will require a GP14, 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-5.14 General permit 14 - Water Monitoring Devices

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 14?

A. When the proposed installation of water monitoring devices will disturb freshwater wetlands, freshwater wetland transition areas and/or State open waters.

Q. Do I need a permit if I place a device in to a State open water and not in a freshwater wetlands or transition area and there is no placement of fill?

A. No, no permit would be needed.

Q. Is mitigation required?

A. Not unless there is 0.1 of an acre of total disturbance for these activities.

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