Renewal Permit Fact Sheet
- What is the purpose of this renewal application?
A project licensed under MGL Chapter 91, the Public Waterfront Act, using the simplified license option has a limited term of generally 10-15 years. For the authorization to continue, the Licensee, or his/her successor, must request the simplified license be renewed.
- Who must apply?
Anyone who obtains a Waterways simplified license under 310 CMR 9.00, must file an application to extend the term of the license prior to the expiration of the license to maintain lawfully the structures and activities authorized in the license. This includes anyone who obtained an Interim Approval under the amnesty provisions pursuant to 310 CMR 9.28.
To renew a standard license, a Licensee is required to file a license amendment pursuant to 310 CMR 9.25.
See Chapter 91 Permitting Guide .
- What prerequisites should be considered before applying for this renewal request?
An existing simplified license can only be renewed if the structure remains sound and conforms to plans attached to the original authorization. If the authorized structure or use has changed, an application for a new Simplified License is required.
- What concurrent actions are related to this renewal request?
At the time an application for renewal is submitted, the applicant must send a copy of the application to the mayor or board of selectmen, planning board, and conservation commission of the city or town where the project site is located, The Department may require additional pubic notice based on comments received about the structure or other relevant information. If such additional pubic notice for renewal is required the public comment period is 30 days.
- What fees are associated with this renewal request?
Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
Chapter 91 licenses are subject to Tidewater Displacement fees, Annual Compliance fees and Commonwealth Tidelands Occupation fees. However, Simplified Licenses are exempt from Displacement Fees. Commonwealth Occupation fees are calculated at a rate of $1 per square yard occupied multiplied by the license term. The applicant will be notified of the amount due following review of the renewal request. An annual compliance fee is required for any nonwater-dependent use project.
- To which MassDEP Office should the renewal request be sent?
Most renewal application packages are reviewed in the MassDEP in the regional office corresponding to the project’s location. (See Find Your Region for a listing of MassDEP’s Regional Offices). Renewal of a simplified license for a nonwater-dependent application should be sent to MassDEP’s Boston Office.
- 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 term of the renewed Simplified Licenses?
A Simplified License may be renewed for up to 15 years in accordance with 310 CMR 9.10(5).
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this renewal?
a. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211
b. Send a copy of the completed application and plans to the mayor/board of selectman, planning board and conservation commission of the city or town in which the project site is located.
c. Include a copy of the plan attached to the original simplified license that is being renewed. If the plan attached to the original simplified license is unavailable, a plan may be submitted that is drawn in accordance with the Simplified License Plan Checklist.
- What are the regulations that apply to this certificate? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include, but are not limited to:
a. Waterways Regulations, 310 CMR 9.00.
b. Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
c. 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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