1. Instructions: BRP WP 62 doc format of BRP WP 62 Instructions pdf format of BRP WP 62 - Additives, Effluent Filters etc.

  2. Form: BRP WP 62 doc format of BRP WP 62 - Additives, Effluent Filters etc. pdf format of BRP WP 62 - Additives, Effluent Filters etc.

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet

  1. What is the purpose of this determination or approval?

    This determination is necessary to ensure that the disposal of sanitary sewage through the use of an on-site subsurface sewage disposal system is performed in an environmentally acceptable manner. This determination is required for the use of any septic system additive or soil absorption system conditioner/restorative. These products are physical, chemical, or biological treatment processes. This determination is also required for the use of any septic tank effluent tee filter or grease removal device.

    For septic system additives, conditioners and restoratives, the MassDEP review will focus solely on preventing harm to the systems and the environment, not on the efficacy (or lack thereof), of the product. This review is designed to protect the public health, welfare, and the environment through the control of pollutant discharges onto or into the ground.

    For septic tank effluent tee filters the MassDEP review requires that, at a minimum, the proposed tee filter meets the applicable Title 5 requirements and criteria of 310 CMR 15.227 Placement and Construction of Tees.

    For grease removal devices, the MassDEP review requires that, at a minimum, the proposed grease removal device meets the applicable Title 5 requirements and criteria of 310 CMR 15.230.

    Statutory authority for this permit is stated in MGL Chapter 21A Section 13. Regulatory authority for this permit is stated in 310 CMR 15.000.
  2. Who must apply?

    Any person, as defined in 310 CMR 15.002, proposing the use of any septic system additive, soil absorption system conditioner/restorative is required to obtain prior written approval from MassDEP in accordance with 310 CMR 15.027 & 15.028.

    Developers of alternative devices for the septic tank effluent tee filter seeking approval for widespread use of device, not previously approved by MassDEP

    Developers of alternative devices for the removal of grease seeking approval for widespread use of a device, not previously approved by MassDEP. Grease removal devices located within a building as part of the internal plumbing do not require this permit, but must conform to requirements of the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, 248 CMR 2.00.

    If this category does not apply to you, please be advised this is not the only permit category for Title 5 systems. Please consult regulations 310 CMR 4.00, 310 CMR 15.00, 314 CMR 4.00 and 5.00 to determine whether another category may apply to you.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this variance?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying?
      • Studies detailing any previous use of the additive, conditioner/restorative or effluent tee filter should be submitted to the MassDEP for review.
      • Certain additives, conditioner/restoratives, effluent tee filters, and grease removal devices may have been previously approved by MassDEP. For a list of those approved, please visit the MassDEP Website.
    2. What concurrent applications are related to this determination?
      • Local Board of Health regulations may apply.
    Note: This information about additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements.

    Other variances are granted by the local approving authority and/or MassDEP pursuant to 310 CMR 15.000.  Consult the guidance for other variances under BRP WP 59b and BRP WP 59c. These other variances are not included in this category.
  4. What is the application fee?

    See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
  5. What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    Primary Permit Location: Department of Environmental Protection (2 copies)
    Wastewater Management Program
    One Winter Street. 5th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108

    There is no Reserve Copy Location for this variance.
  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 this category.
  8. How long is this determination or approval in effect?

    These determinations and approvals remain valid as long as the system and facility served remain unchanged, or until MassDEP revokes or modifies the determination or approval.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying?
    1. Review the application to be sure all questions are answered correctly. The submitted application must have an original signature in ink.
    2. Attach all available data, studies, and formal approvals and denials from other jurisdictions.
    3. Submit Application Fee with MassDEP Transmittal Form to:
      Department of Environmental Protection
      P.O. Box 4062
      Boston, MA 02211
  10. What are the regulations that apply? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Title 5 Regulations, 310 CMR 15.000.
    2. Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
  11. These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore .