Delaware Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Delaware Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Water Resources (DWR), Wetlands Regulations 7 Delaware Administrative Code (DE Admin Code) 7502

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Wetlands permit: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.6.1

Exemptions: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.6.1.4

Permit application: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.8

Application processing: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.11

Fees: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.9

Bonding: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.10

Penalties: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.13

Wetlands maps: 7 DE Admin Code 7502.17

Subaqueous lands: 7 DE Admin Code 7504

Coastal zone regulations: 7 DE Admin Code 5104 and 7 Delaware Code (Del. C.) 7001 to 7013

Definitions: 7 Del. C. 7002

Prohibited uses: 7 Del. C. 7003

Regulatory Agencies

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Water Resources (DWR)

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Philadelphia District Office

Corps Baltimore District Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Delaware regulates tidal wetlands at the state level under the state Wetlands Act. Nontidal wetlands are not directly regulated at the state level. Lands under tidal and nontidal waterways are regulated under the Subaqueous Lands Act. Delaware also regulates activities in the coastal zone of the state. For more information, see the national section WETLANDS.

Administration and enforcement. DNREC's DWR administers and enforces the wetlands permit rules in Delaware, as well as the Subaqueous and coastal permits. DNREC's wetlands jurisdiction is concurrent with the Corps that issues ...


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