1. Instructions: BRP WM 04 doc format of Herbicide Application Instructions
pdf format of                             Herbicide Application Permit

  2. Form: BRP WM 04 doc format of Herbicide Application Permit
pdf format of                             Herbicide Application Permit

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment

Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this permit?

    This license serves two major functions. First, it provides a review of chemical applications to aquatic systems (traditionally lakes and ponds) to ensure that they are being implemented utilizing currently acceptable procedures and materials, in order to maintain environmental and public health to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances. Second, it provides a means for keeping records, for future reference, of chemicals that have been introduced into specific areas.

    This license grants approval to apply chemicals for the control of nuisance aquatic vegetation in accordance with authority granted to the Department of Environmental Protection by Massachusetts General Laws c. 111, s. 5E.
  2. Who must apply?

    Anyone wishing to apply chemicals to bodies of water except under the following conditions:
    1. When treatment is undertaken by employees and agents of the Departments of Environmental Protection, Environmental Management, and Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement, or of the Reclamation Board, or of related Federal agencies, while in the conduct of their official duties; OR
    2. When treatment is undertaken with algicide approved by MassDEP and used by legally established water supply agencies to control taste and odors; OR
    3. When treatment is undertaken in privately owned (single owner) ponds from which there are no flowing outlets.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for this permit?
      • Chemical treatments must be performed by an applicator currently licensed (in the aquatic weed category) by the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture Pesticide Bureau.
      • Chemicals used for treatments must be currently approved for use in the state by the Pesticide Bureau.
      • A final Order of Conditions or a Negative Determination of Applicability (Wetlands Protection Act) must be obtained prior to the treatment.
    2. What concurrent applications are related to this permit?
      • Since chemical treatments constitute the alteration of wetland resources, a Notice of Intent must be filed in accordance with the Wetlands Protection Act (MGL c. 131, s. 40) and Wetlands Protection Regulations
    Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements.
  4. What is the application fee?

    See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  5. What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    Primary Permit Location:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Division of Watershed Management
    627 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01608

    Reserve Copy Location:
    None required.
  6. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  7. What is the annual compliance fee?

    There is no annual compliance fee for this permit.
  8. How long is this permit in effect?

    The license is in effect for nine months from the date of issuance.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this permit?
    1. Be sure to include the current Pesticide Bureau License Number for the Applicator.
    2. Be sure that a Notice of Intent (Wetlands Protection Act) has been filed with the local Conservation Commission and that arrangements have been made to forward a copy of either the Order of Conditions or Negative Determination of Applicability to the Office of Watershed Management (see address above).
    3. Be sure that an accurate, good quality map, which designates treatment areas, is attached to the application.
    4. Submit fee and one copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment to:

      Department of Environmental Protection
      PO Box 4062
      Boston, MA 02211
  10. What are the regulations that apply to this permit? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Wetlands Regulations, 310 CMR 10.00.
    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 .