1. Instructions: BRP WM 03 doc format of    WMA Withdrawal Permit Instructions  pdf format of Water Management Withdrawal Permits

  2. Forms: BRP WM 03

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of a Water Management Act Program Permit?

    MassDEP reviews requests to withdraw water over 100,000 gallons per day annually, from watersheds to ensure that new withdrawals will not negatively impact water resources or existing users. Statutory and regulatory authority for a Water Management Act Program Permit can be found in Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) chapter 21G and MassDEP regulations - 310 CMR 36.17 through 44. 
  2. Who is required to apply?

    MassDEP reviews requests to withdraw water over 100,000 gallons per day annually, from watersheds to ensure that new withdrawals will not negatively impact water resources or existing users. Statutory and regulatory authority for a Water Management Act Program Permit can be found in Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) chapter 21G and MassDEP regulations - 310 CMR 36.17 through 44.
  3. What other requirements should be considered prior to or when applying for this permit?

    Review under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) is required for construction of new withdrawals and/or certain increased withdrawals from existing withdrawal points. Please review MEPA Regulations 301 CMR 11.00 to determine if the proposed project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds. For more information contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs at 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02202 or phone at 617-626 1020. MassDEP cannot complete technical review or issue a permit until the MEPA process has been concluded. A copy of a MEPA filing should be sent to the attention of the appropriate regional office’s MEPA Coordinator. The appropriate regional office is located in the community in which the withdrawal(s) takes place. Find Your Region

    Interbasin Transfer Act approval is required from the Water Resources Commission for the transfer of water across a river basin boundary. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation should be contacted for detailed information. For new sources of supply to be utilized for drinking water purposes, the DEP Source Approval Process may be required. DEP regional office staff should be consulted prior to applying. These requirements are intended to serve as a guide only. Other additional requirements may apply.
  4. What is the permit application and once the permit is issued, the annual compliance fee?

    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  5. What are the timelines for processing of the Water Management Act Program Permit?

    MassDEP Water Management Act Program regional staff will complete a review within 90 days of receipt of the permit application and payment of the required fee. During this time, the applicant will conduct a required public notice procedure. The applicant will have until the completion date specified in 310 CMR 36.18 to remedy any application submittal deficiencies and complete public notice responsibilities. MassDEP typically has 90 days from the determined application completion date to provide a final determination, but can take an additional 9 months in certain circumstances. MassDEP may conduct an additional public hearing if warranted.
  6. How long is the Water Management Act Program Permit in effect?

    BRP WM03 Permit Application Appendix contains a schedule of expiration dates for permits.
  7. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this permit?
    1. Determine if public notice applies and prepare in advance of the filing to meet the requirements.
    2. Complete the required hydraulic analyses for all applicable groundwater sources in advance of filing date.
    3. Provide a thorough explanation of the demand estimates.
    4. Develop a conservation plan according to the instructions provided with the permit application form.
    5. Submit the appropriate fee and one copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment to:
      Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
  8. What are the regulations that apply to the permit? Where can copies be obtained?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Water Management Act Program Regulations, 310 CMR 36.00
    2. Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore.