N.J. Admin. Code § 7:13-22.2 - Conditions that apply to all permits

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) The Department places conditions on a permit to ensure that the approved project complies with this chapter. The conditions that apply to all permits are set forth in (c) below, and the additional conditions that apply to all permits except permits-by-rule are set forth in (d) below.
(b) If a permittee undertakes any regulated activity authorized under a permit, such action shall constitute the permittee's acceptance of the permit in its entirety as well as the permittee's agreement to abide by the permit and all conditions therein.
(c) The following conditions apply to all permits:
1. The issuance of a permit shall in no way expose the State of New Jersey or the Department to liability for the sufficiency or correctness of the design of any construction or structure(s). Neither the State nor the Department shall, in any way, be liable for any loss of life or property that may occur by virtue of the activity or project conducted as authorized under a permit;
2. The issuance of a permit does not convey any property rights or any exclusive privilege;
3. The permittee shall obtain all applicable Federal, State, and local approvals prior to commencement of regulated activities authorized under a permit;
4. A permittee conducting an activity involving soil disturbance, the creation of drainage structures, or changes in natural contours shall obtain any required approvals from the Soil Conservation District having jurisdiction over the site;
5. The permittee shall take all reasonable steps to prevent, minimize, or correct any adverse impact on the environment resulting from activities conducted pursuant to the permit, or from noncompliance with the permit;
6. The permittee shall immediately inform the Department of any unanticipated adverse effects on the environment not described in the application or in the conditions of the permit. The Department may, upon discovery of such unanticipated adverse effects, and upon the failure of the permittee to submit a report thereon, notify the permittee of its intent to suspend the permit, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:13-22.7;
7. The permittee shall immediately inform the Department by telephone at (877) 927-6337 (Warn DEP Hotline) of any noncompliance that may endanger the public health, safety, and welfare, or the environment. The permittee shall inform the Division of Land Use Regulation by telephone at (609) 292-0060 of any other noncompliance within two working days of the time the permittee becomes aware of the noncompliance, and in writing within five working days of the time the permittee becomes aware of the noncompliance. Such notice shall not, however, serve as a defense to enforcement action if the project is found to be in violation of this chapter. The written notice shall include:
i. A description of the noncompliance and its cause;
ii. The period of noncompliance, including exact dates and times;
iii. If the noncompliance has not been corrected, the anticipated length of time it is expected to continue; and
iv. The steps taken or planned to reduce, eliminate, and prevent recurrence of the noncompliance;
8. Any noncompliance with a permit constitutes a violation of this chapter and is grounds for enforcement action under N.J.A.C. 7:13-24, as well as, in the appropriate case, suspension and/or termination of the permit;
9. It shall not be a defense for a permittee in an enforcement action that it would have been necessary to halt or reduce the authorized activity in order to maintain compliance with the conditions of the permit;
10. The permittee shall employ appropriate measures to minimize noise where necessary during construction, as specified in 13:1G-1 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 7:29;
11. The issuance of a permit does not relinquish the State's tidelands ownership or claim to any portion of the subject property or adjacent properties;
12. The issuance of a permit does not relinquish public rights to access and use tidal waterways and their shores;
13. The permittee shall allow an authorized representative of the Department, upon the presentation of credentials, to:
i. Enter upon the permittee's premises where a regulated activity is located or conducted, or where records must be kept under the conditions of the permit;
ii. Have access to and copy, at reasonable times, any records that must be kept under the conditions of the permit; and
iii. Inspect at reasonable times any facilities, equipment, practices, or operations regulated or required under the permit. Failure to allow reasonable access under this paragraph shall be considered a violation of this chapter and subject the permittee to enforcement action under N.J.A.C. 7:13-24; and
14. The permittee shall not cause or allow any unreasonable interference with the free flow of a regulated water by placing or dumping any materials, equipment, debris, or structures within or adjacent to the channel while the regulated activity(ies) is being undertaken. Upon completion of the regulated activity(ies), the permittee shall remove and dispose of in a lawful manner, all excess materials, debris, equipment, and silt fences and other temporary soil erosion and sediment control devices from all regulated areas.
(d) In addition to the conditions at (c) above, the following conditions apply to all permits except permits-by-rule:
1. The permittee and its contractors and subcontractors shall comply with all conditions, site plans, and supporting documents approved by the permit;
2. All conditions, site plans, and supporting documents approved by a permit shall remain in full force and effect so long as the regulated activity or project, or any portion thereof, is in existence, unless the permit is modified pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:13-22.5;
3. Except for an authorization under general permit 1 for channel cleaning under the Stream Cleaning Act at 7:13-9.1 , the permittee shall record the permit, including all conditions listed therein, with the Office of the County Clerk (the Registrar of Deeds and Mortgages, if applicable) of each county in which the site is located. The permit shall be recorded within 30 calendar days of receipt by the permittee, unless the permit authorizes activities within two or more counties, in which case the permit shall be recorded within 90 calendar days of receipt. Upon completion of all recording, a copy of the recorded permit shall be forwarded to the Division of Land Use Regulation at the address set forth at 7:13-1.3 ;
4. The permittee shall perform any mitigation required under the permit prior to or concurrently with regulated activities in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:13-13;
5. If any condition or permit is determined to be legally unenforceable, modifications and additional conditions may be imposed by the Department as necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare, or the environment;
6. Any permit condition that does not establish a specific timeframe within which the condition must be satisfied (for example, prior to commencement of construction) shall be satisfied within six months of the effective date of the permit;
7. A copy of the permit and all approved site plans and supporting documents shall be maintained at the site at all times and made available to Department representatives or their designated agents immediately upon request;
8. The permittee shall provide monitoring results to the Department at the intervals specified in the permit;
9. A permit shall be transferred to another person only in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:13-22.4;
10. A permit can be suspended or terminated by the Department for cause;
11. The submittal of a request to modify a permit by the permittee, or a notification of planned changes or anticipated noncompliance, does not stay any condition of a permit;
12. Where the permittee becomes aware that it failed to submit any relevant facts in an application, or submitted incorrect information in an application or in any report to the Department, it shall promptly submit such facts or information; and
13. The permittee shall submit written notification to the Bureau of Coastal and Land Use Compliance and Enforcement, 401 East State Street, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 420, Mail Code 401-04C, Trenton, NJ 08625, at least three working days prior to the commencement of regulated activities.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 7:13-22.2
Adopted by 48 N.J.R. 1067(a), effective 6/20/2016

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