Environmental Regulations & Permitting

Every Rutgers construction project regardless of size must comply with the State of New Jersey environmental permitting regulations. OUPD is the designated liaison between the State of New Jersey environmental review agencies (DEP) and the university and its assigns. Applications are reviewed for compliance by OUPD’s professional planning staff prior to submission to the state permitting agencies. University review procedures and criteria checklists have been developed to facilitate environmental permitting. OUPD staff is available to the university community for consultation.

Stormwater Regulations

In 2004, two sets of new stormwater rules established a comprehensive framework for addressing water quality impacts associated with existing and future stormwater discharges. The Stormwater Management Rules emphasize low impact building techniques that will prevent and minimize impact on new development sites using both structural and non-structural techniques such as minimizing land disturbance, minimizing impervious cover, infiltration basins and vegetative filters.

Phase II New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater Regulation Program Rules were also adopted. Permits must be secured by public complexes such as universities and State, interstate and federal agencies that operate and maintain highways.

Soil Erosion & Sediment Control

In 1975 the New Jersey Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, Chapter 251, was established as a means to prevent soil erosion on construction sites, reduce non-point source pollution and enhance water quality. All land disturbance projects greater than 5,000 square feet must submit a soil erosion control plan for approval prior to construction.


Wetlands are commonly referred to as swamps, marshes, or bogs. Many wetlands in New Jersey are forested and do not fit the classic picture of a swamp or marsh. Wetlands are recognized for their vital ecological and socioeconomic contributions. Reduction of wetland areas has resulted in increased soil erosion, flooding, and sedimentation, and has decreased populations of waterfowl, fish, and shellfish. New Jersey protects wetlands under the New Jersey Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9B that also protects transition areas or "buffers" around freshwater wetlands.

State Historic Preservation Office

The office of Planning and Development consults with members of the Rutgers community, and reviews reports, project plans, and applications prepared by professional consultants for university projects built on university properties as well as properties surrounding the university boundary lines when applicable. It provides the interface between the university and New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to protect Rutgers’ historical resources and insure compliance with National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966.