Permit Fact Sheet
What is the purpose of the BRP WW 13 permit?
The purpose of this permit is to allow the Department to review proposed renovation of abandoned cranberry bogs. Since most of these abandoned cranberry bogs are considered wetland resource areas, there are certain interests that these wetland areas are presumed to protect. A pre-construction review of these proposals allows the Department to consider various mitigating measures both required and proposed that protect these interests.
Who must apply?
For BRP WW 13: All persons who propose to renovate an eligible abandoned cranberry bog for the purpose of commercially raising cranberries. A completed application form, BRP WW 13, must be submitted to the MassDEP Regional Office responsible for the community in which the cranberry bog is located. The application should also include plans prepared by a registered land surveyor or professional engineer showing existing and proposed site conditions for the bog to be renovated, along with all wetland resource areas that are present on the site.
What other requirements should be considered when applying?
Specific information needs to be submitted as part of the application that identifies the proximity of the abandoned bog to certain resource areas. The regulations also require that an approved Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation farm plan be submitted with the application and that certain mitigation measures and best management practices be identified in the application.
Certain activities may be subject to local wetland or zoning laws and may also be subject to federal laws. Any person proposing the renovation of abandoned cranberry bogs should contact the community in which the bog is located for any local requirements. Questions on the applicability of federal wetland laws should be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 1-800-362-4367.
Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a general guide to the applicant. They are not necessarily all additional requirements.
What is the application fee?
What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?
Primary Permit Location:
BRP WW 13 permit applications should be submitted to the MassDEP Regional Office responsible for the community in which the cranberry bog is located.
Department of Environmental Protection
Watershed Permitting Program, Wetlands Section
* Regional Office
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Reserve Copy Locations:
There are no Reserve Copy Locations for these permits.
Where can I get a copy of the timelines?
What is the annual compliance fee?
There is no annual compliance fee for BRP WW 13 approvals.
How long is this approval in effect?
A BRP WW 13 permit is in effect for five years, and may be extended for no more than 3 years for just cause.
How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
a. Be sure that all information required for review is submitted with the application, as identified in 310 CMR 23.04(1) and the Application Completeness Checklist.
b. In order to accurately identify the area proposed for renovation a plan prepared by a registered professional engineer or land surveyor should be included with the application.
c. Be sure that all wetland resource areas, including the 100 year flood plain and bordering vegetated wetlands are shown on the plan.
d. Be sure construction methods and sequence of activities are clearly described.
e. Submit the application fee and a copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to:
Department of Environmental Protection
P. O. Box 4062
Boston, MA 02211.
What are the regulations that apply to this approval? Where can I get copies?
The regulations include:
a. Renovation of Abandoned Cranberry Bogs, 310 CMR 23.00.
b. Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
c. Rules for Adjudicatory Hearings, 310 CMR 1.00.
These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore