1. Instructions: BRP WM 08 doc format of NPDES MS4 Discharge Permit Instructions pdf format of NPDES MS4 Discharge Permit

  2. Form: BRP WM 08 doc format of NPDES MS4 Discharge Permit pdf format of NPDES MS4 Discharge Permit

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of the WM 08 Notice of Intent for MS4s?

    All operators of storm sewer discharges from small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), within the boundaries of urbanized areas of Massachusetts, designated by the U.S. Census Bureau and EPA’s NPDES Storm Water Phase II Regulations, are required to obtain coverage under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Phase II General permit for MS4s. Operators in Massachusetts seeking coverage under this general permit are required to submit to MassDEP the WM 08 Notice of Intent for MS4s prior to authorization under the general permit.

    Statutory and regulatory authority for this general permit can be found at Section 402(p) (6) of the Federal Clean Water Act, the Massachusetts Clean Water Act, MGL Chapter 21, s. 26-53 and 314 CMR 3.00 and 314 CMR 4.00.
  2. Who must apply?

    Automatically designated operators of small municipal separate storm sewer systems required to obtain coverage under the NPDES General Permit for MS4s include:
    1. municipalities;
    2. state or federally owned systems (such as universities, prisons, military bases, large hospitals) located within the boundaries of an urbanized area of Massachusetts; and
    3. transportation entities, located within the boundaries of an urbanized area of Massachusetts.
    Coverage is required unless the Department determines that such an automatically designated small MS4 meets the criteria for a waiver, as determined by EPA and the Department, or is subject to an individual surface water discharge permit issued pursuant to 314 CMR 3.00.
  3. What other requirements should be considered?
    1. In addition to obtaining a copy of the NPDES General Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems from U.S. EPA Region I at http://www.epa.gov/ne/npdes/stormwater/index.html, and filing the appropriate forms with MassDEP, an applicant must also submit a Notice of Intent with EPA to obtain coverage under the permit. The information provided by the applicant on MassDEP’s WM 08 Notice of Intent for MS4s will be accepted by EPA as their Notice of Intent, if all signatures are original.
    2. For further information, call MassDEP's Division of Watershed Management at 508-792-7470.
  4. What is the application fee?

    See   Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .

    Fee exemption for BRP WM 08 applies to any Massachusetts city, town, or state agency. The fee does apply to Massachusetts state authorities.
  5. What is the Primary Permitting Location?

    Department of Environmental Protection
    Division of Watershed Management
    627 Main Street, 2nd floor
    Worcester, MA 01608

    There is no reserve copy location for the Stormwater General Permit Notice of Intent for MS4s.
  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 the Stormwater General Permit for MS4s.
  8. How long is the permit in effect?

    The permit, unless modified by MassDEP, continues in effect for the five-year duration of EPA's General Permit.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in submitting the Notice of Intent for MS4s?
    1. Complete all forms associated with BRP WM 08 including the Notice of Intent Program Time Frames form.
    2. Submit one copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment, along with a copy of the BRP WM 08 Form, to:
      Department of Environmental Protection
      Division of Watershed Management
      627 Main Street, 2nd floor
      Worcester, MA 01608
    3. Both fee-paying and exempt applicants must mail one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to:
      Department of Environmental Protection
      P.O. Box 4062
      Boston, MA 02211
    4. Check the list of EPA-designated Stormwater Phase II communities in Massachusetts .
    5. Check the EPA website for maps of the designated Stormwater Phase II communities in Massachusetts: http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/ma.html.
  10. What are the state regulations that apply to the WM 08 Stormwater General Permit Notice of Intent for MS4s? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Surface Water Discharge Programs, 314 CMR 3.00, specifically 314 CMR 3.06.
    2. Surface Water Quality Standards, 314 CMR 4.00.
    3. 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 .

Related Forms

BRP WM 08A - NPDES Stormwater General Permit Notice of Intent for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Time Frame Worksheet (MS Excel) xls format of NPDES MS4 Discharge Permit Worksheet (MS Excel) pdf format of NPDES MS4 Discharge Permit Worksheet