What Are Tidelands Of The Jersey Shore

Dated: 07/10/2014

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Tidelands….riparian rights…grants….           

  When buying a house on Long Beach Island or the surrounding Jersey Shore area, these words tend to come up often. But what do they all mean and how does it affect you as a seller or buyer of a home at the Jersey Shore?             
According to the DEP:                                
            Tidelands, also known as riparian lands, are all lands that are currently and formerly flowed by the mean high tide of a natural waterway.  Barnegat Bay, a naturally tidal body of water, is an example of tidelands.  However, New Creek, a tiny tidal stream that flowed through the city of Newark a century ago but has since been filled in and built over, is also an example of tidelands.  New Jersey contains an extensive network of tidelands, both big and small.  (http://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/tl_main.html)  
       The key word to focus on is “formerly” meaning that as long as water once did flow its considered tideland. And if it is considered tideland…it has been claimed by the state a long, long time ago.
     So long ago as 1660—            
                               When the King of England claimed all waterways as property of the state. This practice was kept up in the colonies post-American Revolution so basically, New Jersey owns all land that now flows or formerly flowed by the mean high tide.            
                                         Unless…                        
                                                          Conveyed by a grant.            
Your title company (you know that odd title insurance you buy…here is a reason it’s so important) should run a Tidelands & Grant Search on the property you are buying and inform you if the State has any claim on the land.   If you aren't sure about your home, contact your title company or attorney for a copy of the title paperwork. 
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