Permit Fact Sheet
- What is the purpose of NPDES Permits?
These permits protect public health and the environment by controlling pollutant discharges to surface waters and ensuring that the water quality criteria and receiving water use prescribed in the Massachusetts Surface Water Quality Standards (314 CMR 4.00) are met.
- Who must apply?
Form BRP WM 2A is designed to collect general information that applies to public wastewater treatment facilities that discharge to surface waters. Form BRP WM 2A should accompany BRP WM 05, BRP WM 06 or BRP WM 07 as appropriate.
- What other requirements should be considered?
- In addition to filing the appropriate application forms with MassDEP, an applicant must contact the U.S. EPA to obtain and file the appropriate federal NPDES permit application forms. It is not necessary to submit engineering designs or final plans to EPA for approval.
- Application for operator certification and facility rating in accordance with 257 CMR 2.00 is required for operation of treatment works.
- Permits of this type may require MEPA review. Please carefully examine the MEPA Regulations (301 CMR 11.00) to determine if your project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds. For more information contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs at 617-727-5830.
- What is the application fee?
There is no fee associated with Form WM 2A.The BRP WM 2A form accompanies BRP WM 05, BRP WM 06 or BRP WM 07 applications. See instructions for those forms for their respective fees.
- What is the Primary Permit Location?
Completed permit applications should be submitted to:
Department of Environmental Protection
Surface Water Discharge Program
1 Winter Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02108
- Where can I get a copy of the timelines?
Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
- What are annual compliance fees?
The BRP WM 2A form accompanies BRP WM 05, BRP WM 06 or BRP WM 07 applications. Annual compliance fees for BRP WM 05, BRP WM 06 or BRP WM 07 govern.
- How do I enter a transmittal number?
The Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment provides a unique transmittal number. The BRPWM2A form combined with a BRPWM05, BRPWM06 or BRPWM07 form create one permit application. The same transmittal number should be entered on the BRPWM2A form and the BRPWM05, BRPWM06 or BRPWM07 form.
- How long is the notice of intent in effect?
Federal and state regulations each stipulate that NPDES permits be issued for a period, "not to exceed 5 years". Permits may be issued for less than 5 years.
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in submitting an application?
- Use appropriate state and federal forms. The state forms are included in the Forms Section to this application package.
- Answer all application questions. Follow the accompanying instructions carefully when answering.
- Make sure the application is signed and dated in ink by a legally responsible official.
- Submit a copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form and the completed application forms to the MassDEP Surface Water Discharge Program in Boston.
- Submit fee and a copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
- What are the state regulations that apply to these permits? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include, but are not limited to:
- Surface Water Discharge Regulations, 314 CMR 3.00.
- Surface Water Quality Standards, 314 CMR 4.00.
- Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, 257 CMR 2.00.
- Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.