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Freshwater Wetlands - Application Guidance
Mosquito Control Activities (General Permit 15)

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General Permit Number 15 (GP12) permits mosquito control water management activities and within freshwater wetlands, freshwater wetland transition areas and/or State open waters  by a county mosquito agency or by a Federal agency on Federal land.

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.

Before applying for a GP 15, the agency must submit an individual, site-specific project proposal to the State Office of Mosquito Control Coordination. If the State Office of Mosquito Control Coordination determines that the project is necessary to control a documented mosquito problem affecting existing residents, the agency must then submit an application to the Department for a GP 15.

In conducting activities under general permit 15, an agency must:

  1. Comply with "Best Management Practices for Mosquito Management", issued by the
    State Mosquito Control Commission, and available from the Department at P.O. Box
    400, Trenton, N.J., 08625;
  2. Use best management practices including, but not limited to, shallow swales no more
    than three feet wide, and low sills no more than three feet wide;
  3. Minimize disturbance of vegetation; and
  4. Use only light equipment.

The agency must remove excavated or dredged material out of any regulated areas. Alternatively, if the agency demonstrates that the material will not alter the character of the wetlands, the agency may spread it evenly in a shallow layer no more than three inches deep.

The agency shall ensure that excessive drainage does not occur, and that the existing
hydrologic condition of the hydric soils is maintained.

A county agency applying for authorization under general permit 15 shall provide public
notice of the application in accordance with this subsection, and shall not be subject to the

Getting a GP15: If you believe that your project will require a GP15, 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-5.15 General permit 15 - Mosquito Control Activities

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 15?

A. If you are a county mosquito control agency or Federal agency and you want to conduct mosquito control water management activities in freshwater wetlands, wetland transition areas and/or State open waters.

Q. Is mitigation required?

A. No, by following the “Best Management Practices for Mosquito Control and Freshwater Wetlands Management” agencies will not need to mitigate.

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