A tidelands survey is necessary for property developers or owners to obtain a tidelands grant or a tidelands license. A tidelands license is a short-term rental agreement from the state for the use of its tidelands. New Jersey, with its expansive shore line, has its own procedure for issuing Tidelands Grants and Tidelands Licenses; however, the process will always require a comprehensive tidelands survey.
When a tidelands survey is ordered, a company will come in and determine the suitability to build and evaluate other factors based on a number of different variables like ground integrity, erosion, water flow, topography, Mean High Water Levels and more. The process is also used for determining ownership and right claims to tidelands within the state. These matters are governed by the New Jersey Tidelands Council and can get very complicated very quickly. It’s essential to align yourself with an experienced and knowledgeable partner during the tidelands survey process.