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How Do I Apply for SESC Plan Certification

Intent of Chapter 251, The Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Act of NJ - The policy of the State of New Jersey is to establish and implement a comprehensive and coordinated Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program. The aim is reduce the danger from stormwater runoff, retard non-point source pollution from sediment, and to conserve and protect the land, water, air and other environment resources of the State.

Application Package - The application package contains the completed application form, fee schedule, checklist of requirements, SESC notes, and instructions required for a district submission. The following items must be included in a project submission:

How to Apply - Plans must be prepared by a New Jersey licensed professional engineer or architect. An engineer MUST prepare the plans when the following applies:

Plan Review - The District will first determine that the application package is complete with a signed application, correct fees, signatures, supporting documentation, etc. If the application package is complete, the district will review the plans within 30 days. The applicant will be notified in writing if the plans are incomplete.

It is vital to understand that the District cannot review plans on request. Once plans are submitted they will be reviewed in the order they are received. We are not able to fulfill review requests or meet time schedules that are outside our purview. To avoid any delays, you must plan in advance. PROPER PLANNING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Please DO NOT call our office to request an expedited review, all plans are reviewed in the order received. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS!

After Plans are Reviewed - Once the plans are reviewed and determined certifiable, the District staff will recommend to the District Board of Supervisors that the plans be certified. The certification is valid for 3 1/2 years, with the exception of mining and quarrying plans which require annual certification.

Pre-Construction Meeting - A pre-construction meeting with the District is strongly recommended to review your certified SESC plan and to clarify the requirements of the SESC Act as it relates to your project. Due to current workload conditions, meetings need to be scheduled well in advance.

Site Inspections - Sites are routinely inspected for compliance with the Certified SESC Plan. All sites are required to be in compliance with the Certified SESC Plan at all times. THE CERTIFIED SESC PLANS ARE REQUIRED TO BE ON SITE AT ALL TIMES.

Projects Over 1 Acre - A NJDEP Permit for Stormwater Discharge Associated with Construction Activity is required for projects over 1 acre. 

Reports of Compliance - A Report of Compliance is required from the District BEFORE a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued by the municipal Construction Official. Inspection requests must be scheduled at least 3 business days in advance. 

Types of Compliances

Conditional - Is issued for the temporary stabilization of staggered occupancy projects or during the non-growing season. Compliance with all other requirements of the certified Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan is also required.

Complete - Is issued when permanent stabilization has been established on the ENTIRE project. Permanent stabilization is defined as adequate establishment of permanent grass, if applicable. A Complete Compliance is issued after one full growing season has passed.