Tideland Searches

WTG produces a report in pdf form. The report consists of the following
map overlays:

  • Property Boundaries
  • Aerial Photography
  • Tidelands Boundaries
  • Riparian Rights and Claims established by the State of New Jersey
    to property lying in areas presently or formerly flowed by tidal waters.

If the subject property is found to have a Tideland Claim, WTG will perform a review for prior grants, licenses and leases of any claimed area. Tidelands Act (N.J.S.A. 12:3).

WTG includes grants and licenses when required.

Sample Tidelands Search


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GIS - Geographic Information Systems

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows us to view, understand question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

WTG has leveraged 20 years of mapping experience, collections of parcel mapping, tax maps, file sub-division maps and engineering drawings to identify, in real space, property boundaries in New Jersey.

This geographic data helps WTG make more accurate, timely and informed decisions for our clients.

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Questions and Answers

1. What are tidelands?

Tidelands, also known as riparian lands, are all those lands now or formerly flowed by the mean high tide of a natural waterway. Generally, the State does not own artificial waterways, such as lagoons. However, the State does claim those lands within a lagoon that were flowed by the mean high tide of a natural waterway which existed prior to the alteration.

2. Who owns the tidelands?

The State of New Jersey owns all tidelands, unless it has already sold its ownership.

3. What are riparian rights?

Riparian rights are the rights of owners adjacent to tidelands to be the first person to request to use those areas. These lands are owned by the people of the State of New Jersey. You must first get permission from the State to use these lands, in the form of a tidelands license, lease or grant, and you must pay for this use.

4. What is a tidelands grant?

A tidelands grant is a deed from the State of New Jersey selling its tidelands. Tidelands grants are generally only issued for lands already filled in and no longer flowed by the tide.

5. What is a tidelands license?

A tidelands license is a short term revocable rental document to use tidelands, generally for structures such as docks, mooring piles and other temporary structures, as well as dredging projects. Licenses have a specific term, usually three or five years.

6. What is a tidelands lease?

A tidelands lease is a long term rental document to use tidelands, generally issued to marinas or homes over water. The term of a tidelands lease is generally 20 years.

7. What is a Statement of No Interest?

A recordable document in which the State of New Jersey agrees that it has no tidelands ownership interest in your property. The reason may be that the State sold its tidelands, or that there is no ownership claim on your property.

9. Who makes the decisions regarding tidelands applications?

The Tidelands Resource Council, a body of twelve Governor-appointed members, makes the initial decisions to sell or rent tidelands. All of the decisions must then be approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. Tidelands grants and leases must also be approved and signed by the Attorney General and the Governor.

10. Can a tidelands application be denied?

Yes. The State is under no obligation to sell or rent its tidelands. The State must find that any sale or rental is in the public interest and then make a determination as to the cost.

11. What other State approvals do I need to build on tidelands?

Depending on the project, you will need a waterfront development permit, coastal or freshwater wetlands permit, CAFRA permit or water quality certificate. For more information about these regulatory permits, you should contact the Division of Land Use Regulation tech support line at (609) 777-0454.

12. I’ve had a dock for many years. Why isn’t it grandfathered?

Tidelands laws have been in effect since New Jersey became a State, and there is no grandfathering under these laws. When legalizing a structure which occupies State owned lands, you will be required to pay a back rental charge as determined by the Tidelands Resource Council.

13. Isn’t paying for tidelands a double tax?

The money that is paid for tidelands licenses and leases is not a tax but a rental payment for the use of State owned land.

14. Where does all of the money go?

The money collected for the sale and rental of tidelands is deposited into a trust fund for State education and is also used as a guarantee against the bonds which local school boards sell.

15. How long will it take to get a tidelands license?

The license process generally takes 6 to 12 months. You must remember to apply for all required permits before or at the same time that you apply for a license. A delay in obtaining permits will also delay your license.

16. How long will it take to get a tidelands grant or lease?

Grants and leases require more complex processing and involve obtaining the approval of many State officials including the Governor. Total processing time can be as long as two to three years.

17. How much will my grant or lease cost?

The prices approved by the Council are based upon the fair market value of the land, but there are many factors which determine the final consideration. We cannot give you a specific number until your application is reviewed by staff and approved by the Council. In addition to the consideration, there will be a processing charge for every application.

18. How much will it cost for my license?

Annual license fees are based upon the impact on the tidelands. Generally, the larger the impact area, the higher the fee. A specific number cannot be given until your application is reviewed by staff and approved by the Council. In addition to the consideration, there will be a processing charge for every application.

19. What is the charge for a Statement of No Interest?

Statements of No Interest have a one-time upfront fee that may change over time. For the current fee, please contact the Bureau.

20. Why do I need a tidelands license when my neighbors do not?

Your neighbors may have tidelands grants which cover the structures out shore of their properties. This means that they own the area, and do not, therefore, have to pay rent for it. Up until the mid 1970s, the State sold its water areas. It no longer does so.

21. Why do my neighbors pay less for their licenses than I do?

Their license area may be smaller. Generally, the smaller the area, the smaller the fee.

22. How can I find out if my property is affected by a tidelands claim of ownership or if it already has a tidelands grant, lease or license?

Contact Western Technologies Group, LLC at: www.wtgroupllc.com.

23. I am thinking about buying a property at or near the shore. Can I find out if a property is affected by a tidelands claim even if I do not own it?

Contact Western Technologies Group, LLC at: www.wtgroupllc.com.

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Tidelands Act

NJSA 12:3 (1 to 28)
NJSA 13:1B-13.1 to 13.14

Online at www.njleg.state.nj.us under “Laws and Constitution” select “Statutes” and scroll to TITLE 12 and navigate to 12:3, then navigate to TITLE 13:1B, etc.

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