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
- What is the application fee?
See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule (310 CMR 4.10, Surface Water Discharge NPDES - BRPWM13).
- 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
- Where can I get a copy of the timelines?
The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
- What are annual compliance fees?
Current fees are available on the MassDEP Website: Annual Compliance Assurance Fees
Discharges from 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.
- How long is the notice of intent in effect?
The notice of availability for the general permit was published in the Federal Register on October 2, 2009. The permit is effective for 5 years, but coverage under the permit may be for less than five years, depending on when the NOI is submitted and approved.
- 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.
- If you submitted a renewal application and were administratively continued under the general permit that expired November 15, 2005, write the transmittal number from the 2005 application on the NOI form. Applicants with permit coverage under the expired general permit do not pay the application fee again.
- If you have a new or increased discharge, or are currently covered by an individual permit and have been requested to seek coverage under the general permit, submit a copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment and the completed application forms to the MassDEP Surface Water Permitting Program.
- If you have a new or increased discharge, or are currently covered by an individual permit and have been requested to seek coverage under the general permit, submit fee and a copy of the MassDEP transmittal form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211. Send in a transmittal form even if exempt (see transmittal form).
- 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.
More information from US EPA:
US EPA NOI form and instructions ("Appendix IV: Notice of Intent (NOI) Instructions and Suggested Form")