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18Mar

Do We Need a DES Permit to Do Our Landscaping?

This article will address what kinds of landscaping projects will require a NH DES (Department of Environmental Services) permit. The DES has jurisdiction in many instances and has the authority to require that a permit be obtained for certain types of projects. Note that for projects that do not require a permit, you may still need to be mindful of certain guidelines for construction, tree cutting or landscaping. If you are not sure if your project will require a permit, please contact the NH DES with your questions. This article does not address if your project will require a town permit or not, so if in doubt, also contact your town with any questions.

The NH DES was legislatively created in 1987 and is there to protect and restore the environment in New Hampshire. The protection and wise management of the state’s environment are the main goals of the agency.There are 2 kinds of DES permits. Wetland and Shoreland. Your project may require both permits depending on what you plan on doing.

Here is a list of projects that will require a NH DES permit:

• Building or expanding a residential dwelling or a commercial or industrial building within 250’ of public waters

• Installing a septic system anywhere not serviced by municipal sewer

• Constructing accessory structures such as sheds, signs, swimming pools, or driveways (other things may be considered to be “structures” too, so be sure to inquire) within 250’ of public waters

• Installing a dock or any other type of shoreline structure

• Impacting the bank of any water body, i.e. stabilization or construction

• Adding sand to a beach or constructing a new beach•Dredge, fill, or construction near any wetland

• Applying fertilizer within 250’ of public waters•Earth moving or excavation (check on total sq. ft. allowed)

• Tree cutting within 150’ of public waters (must meet shoreline protection minimum standards)

• There are also some purchase, sales agreement, subdividing,and installation of wells that will fall under their jurisdiction too. (check with DES regarding your project)

 

This information was taken and credited from this article.

*This list may not be complete. Please ask the DES about your particular project.*

Note that the DES may require that your landscaping project limit the amount of “Impermeable”surfaces on your lot. This may mean utilizing “permeable pavers”or limiting the total sq. ft. of your patio (for example). You may also need to obtain a surveyor. It’s a process to get the proper permitting and at Landscapes by Tom, we can help you navigate this permitting process.

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