1. Instructions: BRP WS 26 doc format of BRP WS 26 Instructions
pdf format of                             BRP WS 26 - Water Supply Land Acquisition

  2. Form: BRP WS 26 doc format of BRP WS Permit/Approval Application
pdf format of                             Application for Water Supply Permits or Approvals

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment

Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this approval?

    This approval consists of an approval to sell or acquire land for water supply purposes. Legislative authority is stated in MGL Chapter 40 section 41 and Chapter 111 section 160A. Regulatory authority is stated in 310 CMR 22.03 of the Drinking Water Regulations. This permit protects public health and welfare by ensuring that the sale or acquisition of land for water supply purposes will meet minimum drinking water standards and guidelines, and will not adversely impact the quantity or quality of the water supply.
  2. Who must apply?

    Public water suppliers or their representatives must apply if they want to sell or acquire land for water supply purposes.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this approval?

    Note: 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, Boston, MA 02202; 617-727-5830). MassDEP cannot issue a final determination on an application until the MEPA process has been completed, unless otherwise agreed to in writing. 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.

    Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant, and do not necessarily include all additional requirements. Refer to Section 4.14 of Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems .
  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
    __________* Regional Office
    Drinking Water Program

    * Find Your Region

    Reserve Copy Location:
    No reserve copy needs to be submitted for this permit.
  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?

    There is no annual compliance assurance fee for this approval.
  8. How long is this approval in effect?

    This approval shall remain in effect for 1 year from the approval date or as otherwise determined by MassDEP, as long as the application continues to meet minimum drinking water standards and conforms to current Drinking Water Program guidelines and policies, described in Guidelines and Policies for Public Water Systems , and available at the State House Bookstore.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
    1. Attach all material as requested on the Application Completeness Checklist.
    2. Submit fee and a 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 approval? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Drinking Water Regulations, 310 CMR 22.00.
    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 .

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