1. Instructions: BRP WP 11, BRP WP 12 doc format of BRP WP 11/12 GW Discharge Ren. Instructions

  2. Form: BRP WP 11, BRP WP 12 doc format of BRP WP 11/12, GW Discharge Renewals pdf format of BRP WP 11/12, GW Discharge Renewals

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Application Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this permit?

    This permit is required for a renewal or modification for an existing non-industrial groundwater discharge regulated by MassDEP under an individual groundwater discharge permit in accordance with the provisions at 314 CMR 5.00; or, for the renewal or modification of an existing reclaimed water system regulated by MassDEP under an individual reclaimed water permit in accordance with 314 CMR 20.00. They serve to protect the public health, welfare and the environment through the control of pollutant discharges to the ground.

    A permit modification or renewal with plan approval (BRP WP 11) consists of an engineering design approval (See attached Engineering Report Requirements) and/or approval of any financial obligation changes. A permit modification or renewal without plan approval (BRP WP 12) consists of minor modifications to the existing permit conditions necessary to bring the groundwater discharge into compliance with current regulatory requirements.
  2. Who must apply?

    For BRP WP 11: Any person (individual, business, or organization) who holds a valid individual (nonindustrial) groundwater discharge permit issued in accordance with 314 CMR 5.00 or a valid reclaimed water permit issued in accordance with 314 CMR 20.00 and wishes to modify the design of the approved facility or the terms and/or conditions of the existing permit, must apply under this permit category.

    For BRP WP 12: Any person (individual, business, or organization) who holds a valid individual (nonindustrial) groundwater discharge permit issued in accordance with 314 CMR 5.00 or a valid reclaimed water permit issued in accordance with 314 CMR 20.00 and wishes to continue the permitted activity beyond the expiration date of the existing permit must apply under this permit category.

    If these categories do not apply to you, please be advised there are other renewal permit categories for discharges to the ground:
    • BRP WP 82: Any person (individual, business, or organization) who holds a valid individual (nonindustrial) groundwater discharge permit issued in accordance with 314 CMR 5.00 who wishes to continue the permitted activity beyond the expiration date of the existing permit, who does not seek any changes to their current permit and who meets all the requirements of 314 CMR 5.12(9)(a) through (j) can apply under this permit category.
    • BRP WP 80 & 81: Any person (individual, business, or organization) who has been granted coverage under a general groundwater discharge permit issued in accordance with 314 CMR 5.00 and wishes to continue that coverage should apply under one of these permit categories.
    If these categories do not apply to you, please be advised these are not the only permit categories for discharges to the ground. Please consult regulations 310 CMR 4.00, 310 CMR 15.000, and 314 CMR 5.00 to determine whether another category may apply to you.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for this permit?
      • If the permittee wishes to continue an activity regulated by the existing permit after the expiration date of the permit, the permittee must submit a renewal application at least 180 days prior to the expiration date of the existing permit unless permission for the later date has been granted by MassDEP.
      • Permits of this type may require MEPA review. Please carefully examine 301 CMR 11.00, the MEPA Regulations, to determine if your project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds, or for more information contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114; 617-626-1020). MassDEP cannot complete technical review of the permit application until the MEPA process has been concluded. Copies of MEPA filings (with reference to any applicable Transmittal numbers) should be sent to the appropriate program offices in Boston and the MEPA Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office.
    2. What concurrent applications are related to this permit?
      • The Local Board of Health may have regulations which apply.
      • An application for Operator Certification/Facility Rating as required under 275 CMR 2.00 may be needed.
      Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. They do not necessarily include all additional requirements.
  4. Where should the application be sent?

    The application form with an original signature in ink should be sent to the Wastewater Management Program at the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office (Primary Permit Location). Find Your Region

    A copy of the application should be sent to the MassDEP Boston Office (Reserve Copy Location) at:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    Wastewater Management Program
    1 Winter Street
    Boston, MA 02108

    A copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form and the Fee for the application should be sent to:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    P.O. Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211
  5. What is the application fee for this permit?

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

    Current annual compliance fees can be found on the MassDEP website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
  8. How long is the permit in effect?

    Permits granted in categories BRP WP 11 and BRP WP 12 are in effect for a maximum of five (5) years, provided the permittee remains in compliance with the governing laws and regulations and provided the annual compliance assurance fee is paid.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this permit?
    1. Answer all questions on the application form and indicate "not applicable" (N/A) where appropriate. One copy of the application form must have an original signature in ink.
    2. Applications for BRP WP 11 and BRP WP 12 must include:
      1. If a modification to the permit is being requested, be sure to include all supporting documentation (e.g., plans & specifications, monitoring data, etc.)
        1. A complete engineering report (including hydrogeologic data) stamped and signed by a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer.
        2. Certification Statement for the engineering report, plans & specifications, and hydrogeologic report signed by a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer, as required.
        3. A groundwater monitoring well plan, as required.
      2. Documents clearly identifying the legal entity responsible for the ownership, proper operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility.
      3. An original renewal application must be submitted. Photocopies of the previously submitted permit application or of the issued permit will NOT be accepted.
  10. What are the regulations that apply to this permit and where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Groundwater Discharge Regulations, 314 CMR 5.00.
    2. Reclaimed Water Permit Program and Standards, 314 CMR 20.00
    3. Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
    4. Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.
    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore .