NJ DEP Proposes Revisions to Rules Governing Construction in Flood Prone Areas

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a comprehensive proposal that would revise the Flood Hazard Area Control Act rules, the Coastal Zone Management rules, and the Stormwater Management rules.

These regulations collectively govern construction in coastal area and inland flood zones. The revisions are designed to reduce complexity, correct conflicting regulations, and streamline the permitting process for project applicants. The rule proposal is based on recommendations made by stakeholder study groups, and is part of the Christie Administration’s ongoing effort to add common sense and predictability to overly burdensome state rules and regulations.

The proposal was published in the New Jersey Register, and the DEP is soliciting comments through the end of July. Click here for a full copy of the 936-page proposal.