Other State Permits

The Problem

The State of New Jersey has many types of stringent environmental regulations that can add time and complications to projects, not to mention cost. These include but are not limited to:

  • Floodplain Management Act
  • Uplands Waterfront Development Rules
  • CAFRA (Coastal Area Facilities Review Act)
  • Highlands
  • Pinelands
  • Wetlands
  • Threatened and Endangered Species
  • Dam Safety
  • Cultural Resources

The specific permit requirements vary for each of these categories. The permitting phase of any project can be tedious, but more so if there are “surprises” along the way (such as an unanticipated permit or permit requirement).

The Solution

Many of SAI’s senior managers managed State regulatory programs in the Division of Waste Management (formerly the Division of Water Resources Solid Waste Administration) and wrote regulations still in effect today. We understand the rules and have worked closely with DEP staff and managers over many years. In order to navigate the permit requirements of a large, complex project, clients need a firm like SAI that understands the many facets of environmental regulation in the state. One of the valuable services we provide early in a project is the development of a Permit Strategy document. The purpose of the Permit Strategy is to define critical constraints and potential “deal breakers”, and then develop a timeline for acquiring the permit. SAI not only has a diverse staff of engineers and scientists that have a grasp of these requirements, our staff have also been participating actively in the development of new environmental regulations (such as the Licensed Site Professional regulations -- see our Spring 2009 Spring 2009 newsletter). SAI has not only the depth but also the breadth of experience needed to address these areas concurrently and effectively.

In addition, SAI has staff that specialize in natural resource permitting issues. Having these capabilities in-house means that the permitting process is streamlined, which keeps the entire project moving along at a good pace. Finally, SAI has three AutoCAD operators on staff who can generate all needed supporting documentation, from conceptual site plans to delineated wetland boundaries.


    Some of SAI’s larger projects that required a broad array of environmental permits include:

  • Jersey Gardens Mall
  • Edgeboro Disposal, Inc.
  • NJDEP Term Contract for Landfill Closures
  • The Tides at Seaboard
  • Canal Crossing at South Bound Brook
  • Passaic Community College
  • AMB