1. Instructions: BRP WP 79, 85 doc format of    Instructions - BRP WP 79, 85  pdf format of BRP WP 79, 85 - Individual Discharge Permits

  2. Form: BRP WP 79, 85 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 these permits?

    These permits are required for the discharge of treated sanitary wastewater in excess of 10,000 gallons per day (gpd) to the ground, or discharges from laundromats or carwashes or other discharges requiring an individual discharge permit not specified by another groundwater discharge permit category. These permits serve to protect the public health, welfare, and the environment through the control of these discharges onto or into the ground.

    Statutory authority for this permit is stated in MGL Chapter 21 Section 43. Regulatory authority for these permits is stated in 314 CMR 5.00.
  2. Who must apply?
    • BRP WP 79: Any person (individual, business or organization) who proposes a treatment system to treat sanitary wastewater in excess of 10,000 gallon per day to the ground .
      Please note: There may be limited instances where site constraints would require a discharge of less than 10,000 gallons per day of sanitary sewage to obtain a groundwater discharge permit.
    • BRP WP 85: Any person (individual, business or organization) who proposes a treatment system to treat wastewater from a laundromat, a carwash or other type of discharge to the ground not specified by another groundwater discharge category.
    If these categories do not apply to you, please be advised there are other permit categories for discharges to the ground:
    • BRP WP 80: General Permit coverage or renewal of general permit coverage for carwash pursuant to 314 CMR 5.03 and 5.13(1)
    • BRP WP 81: General Permit coverage or renewal of general permit coverage for small sewage treatment facilities designed to receive 50,000 gallons per day or less.
    If these categories do not apply to you, please be advised these are not the only permit categories. 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 these permits?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for these permits?
      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 these permits?
      • 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 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
    PO Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211
  5. What is the application fee?

    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?

    The timelines are available on the MassDEP website: 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 are these permits in effect?

    Permits shall be effective for a fixed term, which will not exceed 5 years. The MassDEP may issue a permit for a lesser duration.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these permits?
    1. Answer all questions on the application form and indicate "not applicable" (N/A) where appropriate. One copy of all applications forms must have an original signature in ink.
    2. Applications for BRP WP 79 and BRP WP 85 must include:
      1. A complete engineering report stamped and signed by a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer.
      2. Certification Statement for the engineering report, plans and specifications, and the hydrogeologic report.
      3. A Groundwater Monitoring Well Plan.
      4. Documents clearly identifying the legal entity responsible for the ownership, proper operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility.
    3. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, PO Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
  10. What are the regulations that apply to these permits? Where can I get copies?

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