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Coastal and Land Use COmpliance and Enforcement

Program Activities - What we do
Regional Office Contacts and Locations
Regulations We Enforce
How can I report a Land Use Issue?
How our Field Offices Correspond to the Geographic Regions of the State
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Success Stories
Compliance Advisories
Program Activities - What we do
Respond to reports and/or complaints of possible land use violations received from municipal and county officials, private citizens, and other public and private organizations.
Conduct compliance inspections of Land Use Permits, waivers and Letters of Intrepretation to ensure compliance with their conditions, requirements, and limitations.
Issue enforcement documents compelling compliance, including Notices of Violation, Administrative Orders and Notices of Civil Administrative Penalty Assessments, as well as executing Administrative Consent Orders to resolve cases and ensure compliance and restoration.
Monitor enforcement cases to ensure compliance by either securing appropriate Land Use permits or by restoring the site to predisturbance conditions.
Provide compliance assistance to municipal governments and citizens unfamiliar with the regulations.
Conduct education and outreach programs to educate all levels of government, organizations, and citizens on the technical aspects of the rules regulating development in areas under Land Use jurisdiction and the importance of complying with them.
Attach and/or record violations to the property deed of the site in violation to ensure future owners are aware of the presence of regulated areas.
Regulations We Enforce
Acts and Statutes
Freshwater Wetland Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 13:B-1 et seq.
Flood Hazard Area Control Act (Stream Encroachment), N.J.S.A 58:16A-52 et seq.
Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA), N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq.
Waterfront Development Statutes, N.S.A. 12:5-1 et seq.
The Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A 13:9A-1 et seq.
Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, N.J.S.A 13:20-1 et seq.
Riparian Lands Statutes (Tidelands Act), N.J.S.A. 12:3-1 et seq.
Rules and Regulations
Freshwater Wetland Protection Act, N.J.A.C. 7:7A-1
Flood Hazard Area Control Act (Stream Encroachment), N.J.A.C. 7:13-1
Highlands Water Protection and Planning, N.J.A.C. 7:38-1
Coastal Permit Program Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7-1.1
Coastal Zone Management Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7E
How can I report a Land Use Issue?
To report a land use issue or any environmental incident impacting New Jersey, call the DEP 24 hour toll-free environmental hotline, @ 1-877-927-6337.
How our Field Offices Correspond to the Geographic Regions of the State
Coastal and Land Use Compliance and Enforcement is divided into three (3) offices, each responsible for a geographic region of the State.
The Northern, or Chester, Office is responsible for a geographic region which includes the HIGHLANDS, an area located in the northwest corner of New Jersey. This area is described on a map promulgated by the legislature and is subject to special and strict development and water quality rules. From the Highlands office, CLUE enforces the Regulations in the following counties: Northeast and Northwest Bergen County, Warren County, Western Morris County, Western Passaic County, and Sussex County.
The Southern Office is located in Toms River. This office is responsible for a geographic area that encompasses over a hundred miles of the Atlantic coastline and thousands of miles of both tidal and non-tidal waters. More specifically, the shore region extends from Monmouth County and South to Salem County as well as part of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The southern office takes additional responsibility for ensuring that the laws protecting our shore resources are adhered to under the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act, Freshwater Wetland Protecton Act, the Waterfront Development Statute, as well as the Wetland Protecton Act of 1970 (Coastal Wetlands) and the Tidelands Act.
The Central Office including Headquarters is located in Trenton. The Trenton Office is responsible for a geographic area beginning in the South with Gloucester & Camden Counties then continuing north through Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset, Essex, and Union counties as well as the Central/Southeastern half of Passaic County, Northeast Morris County and Southern Bergen County. The Central region encompasses the Hackensack Meadowlands area.
Related Links
Pesticide Control Program- http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/pcp/index.htm
NJDEP Coastal Programs- http://www.state.nj.us/dep/landuse/coast.html
Stream Encroachment Program- http://www.state.nj.us/dep/landuse/se.html
Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act- http://www.nj.gov/dep/highlands/
Engineering & Construction- http://www.nj.gov/dep/ec/
Dam Safety & Flood Control- http://www.nj.gov/dep/damsafety/asdso.htm

Coastal Engineering- http://www.nj.gov/dep/shoreprotection/

Coastal Zone Management - http://www.nj.gov/dep/cmp
Stormwater Management- http://www.nj.gov/dep/stormwater/
Surface Water Quality Standards- http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bwqsa/swqs.htm
Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP)- http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensphome.htm
New Jersey Historic Preservation Office- http://www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/
Riparian Lands Statutes Tidelands Act)- http://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/12_3.pdf
Solid Waste Compliance and Enforcement - http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/sw.html
Land Use Regulation Program- http://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/index.html
State Agencies
New Jersey Department of Agriculture - Natural Resource Conservation- http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/
New Jersey Highlands Council- http://www.highlands.state.nj.us/
New Jersey Pinelands Commission - http://www.nj.gov/pinelands/
New Jersey Meadowlands Commission- http://www.meadowlands.state.nj.us/
Federal Agencies
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region II for New Jersey)- http://www.epa.gov/region02/
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
Philadelphia District-
New York District-
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Mitigation Division – National Flood Insurance Program - http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/
FEMA Flood Maps- http://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/info?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&content=firmHelp_1&title=How%20to%20Find%20Your%20Flood%20Map
Success Stories
The New Jersey Legislature has consistently recognized the value of protecting certain lands from development. The Bureau of Land Use Compliance and Enforcement is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Laws placed in effect by the New Jersey State Legislature and the rules implementing these laws. By accomplishing compliance with these regulations, Land Use Compliance and Enforcement ensures that development within regulated areas occurs in a manner that protects the quality and quantity of our water supplies, flood control, prevents destruction of critical animal habitats, including threatened and endangered species. Compliance is generally achieved through restoration and mitigation of the violation on the site. The following link provides a look into some of our success stories: otb-morris.html
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