To determine how the law affects your property, use the Highlands Interactive Map to first determine if the property is in the Highlands Preservation Area or Planning Area.
In the Preservation Area, the DEP’s Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act Rules (Rules), N.J.A.C. 7:38-1 et seq., establish the environmental standards and procedures by which the Department reviews any application pursuant to the Highlands Act.
If your property is located within the Preservation Area and your proposed project meets the definition of “major Highlands development,” then your project may be regulated. Some activities and projects, however, may be exempt. Please visit the DEP Highlands pages for additional information.
If your property is located within the Preservation Area and your proposed project does not meet the definition of major Highlands development, then your project is not subject to the DEP Highlands Rules.
If your property is located within the Planning Area, then the DEP Highlands Rules do not apply to your project.
In both the Preservation and Planning Areas, Highlands Plan Conformance Status is also a factor in determining how the Highlands Act affects property.
Please contact the Highlands Council for additional assistance.