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?
In general, NPDES permits must be applied for and obtained by:
- Any agency or political subdivision of the Commonwealth
- Any federal agency
- Any public or private:
- association, or
- other entity
Any facility without remediation discharges and outside the SIC Codes listed below must apply.
Any facility whose SIC Code is listed above proposing to discharge industrial wastewater from a point source to surface waters must apply for NPDES permits listed under BWP IW 16, 18, 26, 27, 35, 36, or 37.
1000 - 1399 Metal Mining, Coal Mining, Oil and Gas Exploration 1474 - 1499 Chemical/Fertilizer Mining, Nonmetallic 2000 - 3999 Manufacturing 4231 Maintenance Facilities for Motor Freight Transport 4581 Airports, Flying Fields and Airport Terminal Services 4911 - 4939 Electric and Gas Production 7216 Drycleaning 7217 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning 7218 Industrial Laundries 7384 Photofinishing Laboratories 7532 - 7539 Automotive Repair and Paint Shops 7549 Automotive Services 7819 Motion Picture Developing/Printing/Film Processing 8062 - 8069 Hospitals 8071 Medical Laboratories 8072 Dental Laboratories
Form BRP WM 06 is designed to collect general information that applies to Type I discharges to surface waters. In addition, public wastewater treatment facilities must fill out Form BRP WM 2A, "Application for Permit to Discharge Municipal Wastewater," and all other facilities must fill out Federal Form 2C, 2D, 2E, or 2F, whichever is appropriate. Forms 2C, 2D, 2E and 2F may be obtained by calling the EPA at 617-565-3529.
- What other requirements should be considered?
- In addition to filing the appropriate application forms with the 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?
See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
- 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?
The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
Because NPDES permits are issued jointly by the state and federal governments, MassDEP cannot begin its technical review until EPA issues a draft permit.
- What are annual compliance fees?
Annual compliance fees are assessed on facilities holding MassDEP permits. Assessments begin in the state fiscal year following the year the permit is issued.
Current annual compliance fees can be found on the MassDEP website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
- 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.
- Submit complete and thorough engineering reports, plans and specifications. Make sure they are stamped and signed by a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer.
- Make sure the application is signed and dated in ink by a legally responsible official.
- Submit a copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment 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.