1. Instructions: BRP WP 68 doc format of    BRP WP 68 Instructions  pdf format of BRP WP 68 - Treatment Works Plan Approval

  2. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Application Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this plan approval?

    This plan approval serves to protect the public health, welfare and the environment through the control of pollutant discharges to groundwater or surface water. It is required for any modification to a treatment works which does not require a modification to the discharge permit of the facility. Only those treatment works that have a non-industrial discharge may apply for this plan approval.
  2. Who must apply?

    If your treatment works produces a non-industrial groundwater discharge regulated by MassDEP in accordance with the provisions at 314 CMR 5.00; or a non-industrial surface water discharge regulated by MassDEP in accordance with 314 CMR 3.00, or reclaimed water regulated by MassDEP in accordance with 314 CMR 20.00, you may use this category to modify the treatment works provided you do NOT have to modify your permit. Non-industrial discharges are those discharges not described in 310 CMR 4.10(5). Sanitary discharges are almost always considered non-industrial. If this category does not apply to you, please be advised it is not the only category. Please consult regulations 310 CMR 4.00 to determine whether another category would apply.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this plan approval?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for this plan approval?

      Approvals 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 approval request 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 plan approval?
      • The local Board of Health may have regulations which apply.
      • Application for operator certification/facility rating in accordance with 257 CMR 2.00 is required.
      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 plan approval be sent?

    The application package and the MassDEP Transmittal 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 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 plan approval?

    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?

    See 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 at:   Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  .
  8. How long is this plan approval in effect?

    There is no time limit for plan approvals. (Permits are effective for 5 years.)
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this plan approval?
    1. Properly fill out the MassDEP Transmittal Form: Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment. Write the permit number for the discharge on Part A of the Form, on the line for "Brief Project Description".
    2. A complete engineering report stamped and signed by a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer.
    3. Certification Statement for the engineering report and the plans and specifications.
    4. Submit the application package as directed with one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to the appropriate Regional Office: Find Your Region
    5. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 4062, Boston MA 02211.
  10. What are the regulations that apply to this plan approval and where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Surface Water Discharge Program, 314 CMR 3.00.
    2. Groundwater Discharge Regulations, 314 CMR 5.00.
    3. Reclaimed Water Permit Program and Standards, 314 CMR 20.00
    4. Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00
    5. Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00
    These may be purchased online, in person, or by Mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore.