Permit Fact Sheet
- What is the purpose of this permit?
This permit is necessary to ensure that the disposal of sanitary sewage through the use of a subsurface sewage disposal system is performed in an environmentally acceptable manner and in accordance with the provisions of Title 5 of the Environmental Code, 310 CMR 15.000.
State and federal facilities must obtain approval from MassDEP for new systems, upgrade of small systems (less than 10,000 gallons per day), upgrade of large systems (10,000 to 15,000 gallons per day), which are not failing, expansion of an existing system, and pumping prior to septic tank, with or without variances pursuant to 310 CMR 15.000. In all cases, time extensions for issued Disposal System Construction Permits, Discontinuance of Percolation Tests, and Certificate of Compliance for state and federal facilities are part of this application.
- Who must apply?
Any state or federal organization that is required to obtain MassDEP approval of a proposed subsurface sanitary sewage disposal system in accordance with 310 CMR 15.000.
Upgrades to large failing systems are not included as part of this application, such applications are filed under BRP WP 61d.
- What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit?
- Local Upgrade Approvals and Variances to Title 5 require notification to abutters prior to the date of submission of the application to MassDEP and proof of the notification to be submitted (see 310 CMR 15.411 and 15.405).
- A complete site evaluation including, but not limited to, a soil evaluation and percolation test must be completed prior to the issuance of the Disposal System Construction Permit.
- What is the application fee?
See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule .
Note: This application and fee is for the approval of up to four (4) systems at one facility or at contiguous facilities (e.g., cottages at a state forest site).
- What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?
Primary Permit Location:
Department of Environmental Protection (2 copies)
__________* Regional Office
Title 5 Permitting Program
*Find your region: Find Your Region
There are no Reserve Copy Locations for these permits.
- Where can I get a copy of the timelines?
The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
- What is the annual compliance fee?
There is no compliance fee for any of these categories.
- How long is this permit in effect?
The approved systems must be built within 3 years of the date of issuance of the Disposal System Construction Permit. Provided the systems are built in this time frame, approvals remain valid as long as the systems and facilities served remain unchanged or until MassDEP revokes or modifies the approval.
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this permit?
- Review application for completeness to be sure all questions are answered correctly.
- Make sure two (2) copies of plans and specifications are complete and signed and stamped by a Massachusetts Registered Sanitarian or Professional Engineer, whichever is appropriate.
- Attach all forms and information required by the application (i.e Local Upgrade Approval Form, notification to abutters).
- Submit fee and one copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
- What are the regulations that apply to this permit? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include, but are not limited to:
- Title 5 Regulations, 310 CMR 15.000.
- Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.