1. Instructions: BRP WP 80, 81 doc format of    BRP 80/81 Instructions  pdf format of BRP 80/81, General Permit Coverage for WWTPs

  2. Form: BRP WP 80, 81 doc format of    BRP 80/81, General Permit Coverage for WWTPs  pdf format of BRP 80/81, General Permit Coverage for WWTPs

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Application Fact Sheet

See also General Permits Associated with BRP 80 & BRP 81 .

  1. What is the purpose of these permits?

    This Notice of Intent to seek either new or renewed coverage under a General Discharge Permit is required for small wastewater treatment facilities designed to receive less than 50,000 gallons per day or less of sewage or carwash wastewater pursuant to 314 CMR 5.03 and 314 CMR 5.13(1). 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 80 General Permit coverage or renewal of General Permit coverage for carwash.
    • 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 there are other permit categories for discharges to the ground:
    • BRP WP 79 Any person (individual, business or organization) who proposes a treatment system to treat sanitary sewage 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 form 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 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 seeking coverage for a General Permit?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before seeking coverage for a General Permit?
      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 notice of intent 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 Notice of Intent be sent?

    The Notice of Intent 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 Notice of Intent 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 Notice of Intent should be sent to:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    P.O. Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211
  5. What is the Notice of Intent 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?

    The General Permits shall be effective for a fixed term, which will not exceed 5 years. The Department may issue a permit for a lesser duration.

    Coverage under a General Permit is subject to renewal 180 days prior to the expiration date of the General Permit regardless of the date the coverage was granted.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these permits?
    1. Answer all questions on the Notice of Intent form and indicate "not applicable" (N/A) where appropriate. One copy of all Notice of Intent forms must have an original signature in ink.
    2. The Notice of Intent for BRP WP 80 and BRP WP 81 must include:
      1. A project description and design criteria for the proposed wastewater treatment facilities (not required for renewals if no change proposed to the project)
      2. Certification Statement for the engineering report, plans and specifications, and the hydrogeologic report (not required for renewals if no change proposed to the project).
      3. Documents clearly identifying the legal entity responsible for the ownership, proper operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility.
      4. A groundwater monitoring well plan.
    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.