General Permit 26—Minor channel or stream cleaning for local government agencies
When, it is necessary to remove accumulated sediment, debris and garbage from a channel or stream in order to remove obstructions to flow, or to de-snag the channel or stream, then a General Permit 26 is required.
In order to determine whether or not an area of freshwater wetlands, transition areas or State open waters may be disturbed by any proposed activity, detailed information about that wetlands and the site must be obtained, and an inspection of the property by a representative of the Department is required. The Department offers a “Letter of Interpretation" (LOI), which is a document that may describe if there are wetlands on the property, and if so, where they are located.
This page is for informational purposes only. Please see N.J.A.C. 7:7A-5.26 for the precise rules concerning this General Permit.
Within the rule linked above, there is a long list of criteria cited that is required for any application for a GP26. This list is extensive and will not be repeated here. Please click on the above link for more information.
Getting a GP26: If you believe that your project will require a GP26, 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 requireme. 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.
All freshwater wetland general permits must 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-13.2, Establishing permit conditions.
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-5.26 General permit 26 - Minor Channel or Stream Cleaning for
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 26?
A. When it is proposed to conduct activity in freshwater wetlands, transition areas or State open waters to remove accumulated sediment, debris and garbage from a channel or stream in order to remove obstructions to flow, or to de-snag the channel or stream
Q. Is mitigation required?