1. Instructions: BRP WM 12 doc format of    NPDES Contaminated Sites  pdf format of NPDES Contaminated Sites

  2. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
      • corporation
      • authority
      • individual
      • partnership
      • association, or
      • other entity
    proposing to discharge non-industrial wastewater from a point source to surface waters. If the site is covered under the provisions of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000) then application to the state for coverage under the Remediation & Miscellaneous Contaminated Sites General Permit is not necessary.
  3. What is the application fee?

    See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  (310 CMR 4.10 Surface Water Discharge NPDES (xx) BRPWM12).
  4. What is the Primary Permit Location?

    Completed permit applications should be submitted to:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Division of Watershed Management
    627 Main Street, 2nd Floor
    Worcester, MA 01608
  5. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  6. What are annual compliance fees?

    Current fees are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule

    Discharges lasting less than one year and the following entities are exempt from Annual Compliance Fees:
    • Massachusetts state agencies.
    • Massachusetts cities, towns, counties, districts.
    • Municipal housing authorities, and federally recognized Indian tribe housing authorities.
  7. 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.
  8. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in submitting an application?
    • 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 Permitting Program.
    • Submit fee and a copy of the MassDEP transmittal form to:
      Department of Environmental Protection
      P. O. Box 4062
      Boston, MA 02211.
    • MassDEP accepts EPA NOI forms.
  9. 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, specifically 314 CMR 3.06.
    • 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.
    • Massachusetts Contingency Plan, 310 CMR 40.0000.
    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore.

 

More information from US EPA:
US EPA Website
EPA Form ("Notice of Intent Instructions and Suggested Form")
US EPA Website