New Hampshire Culvert Certification
The UNH T2 Center offers a full day Culvert Maintainer Certification Training class held in various locations throughout New Hampshire. The course covers the basics of the new culvert legislation. These rules were adapted in compliance with RSA 482-A:3, XVII - XIX. The course will cover these basics:
- Certification Legislation
- Certification Requirements
- Culvert Criteria
- Staying Certified
The NHDES recently adopted new rules regarding culvert certifcation effective December 21, 2013. It is important to note that although the culvert training is through the Technology Transfer Center, certification is provided by the NHDES. For a complete overview of the new program, the adopted rules can be accessed here.
|January 1 - March 31||April 15|
|April 1 - June 30||July 15|
|July 1 - September 30||October 15|
|October 1 - December 31||January 15|
- Must file quarterly reports
- Maintain certification
- Provide record of work
- Electronic copy found @ NHDES website
Or, file electronically to:
File hard copy to NHDES:
ATTN: Culvert Certification
NHDES Wetlands Bureau
PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
For more information on the Certification Contact:
NHDES Wetlands Bureau
Frequently Asked Questions:
Please find the answers to frequently asked questions in the pdf below:
Culvert Certification Basic Information:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- Municipal or state employees who have successfully completed the Culvert Maintainer Certification and passed the exam.
- NH Licenced Professional Engineers who are employed by or performing services for the state or NH municipalities.
**NH Licenced PE's May Apply For Certification Without Taking The Training Course**
HOW DO I BECOME CERTIFIED?
Eligible individuals (see above) need only fill out this DES application. There is no fee for application.
***The certification is valid through December 31st of the following year.***
WHAT DOES CERTIFICATION INCLUDES?
- Certified individuals may maintain, repair, replace, or modify culverts up to a maximum diameter of 48'', or the hydraulic equivalent without prior DES permit
- All maintained culverts must be able to pass flow without causing damage to upstream or downstream properties
- All performed maintenance must be in accordance with NHDOT Best Management Practices for Routine Roadway Maintenance
All certified individuals must file a quarterly report form to DES detailing their maintenance activities for that quarter.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN CERTIFICATION?
- Work on culverts with a history of overtopping
- Work on double culverts regardless of diameter
- slip lining or other methods which reduce the diameter of the culvert
For these scenario please file a routine roadway permit BEFORE performing work or contact DES for specific questions and instructions.
Renewal of Certificate:
A certificate is valid from the date of issuance through December 31st of the following year. In order to renew the culvert maintainer certificate, the applicant must:
- provide documentation that the individual has completed 2 hours of instruction from an approved provider in one or more of the areas identified in Env-Wt 905.03(b) within the 2-year term of the individual's current certificate
- provide a statement that the applicant currently holds a valid certificate as a culvert maintainer
- be able to demonstrate that the applicant is employed at the time of renewal by a state or municipal public works agency
- have filed all required reports
- have not acted or failed to act in any way that would constitute just cause to suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the certificate
Eligible individuals need to fill out this DES application. There is no fee for application.
Take a look at these training videos about different culvert practices.