Permit Fact Sheet
- Who Must Apply for an Administrative Amendment?
An owner or operator of a facility holding an Operating Permit (OP) if the proposed change is:
- A change in business name, division name, or facility name; mailing address; company stack designation; telephone number, or name of facility contact; or
- A transfer of ownership of the facility for which an Operating Permit is in effect, where the Department determines that no other change in the OP is necessary, provided that a written agreement containing a specific date for transfer of permit responsibility, coverage, and liability between the current and new Permittee has been submitted to the Department; or
- A change to monitoring, reporting, record keeping, or testing requirements that is more frequent than previously specified in the Operating Permit; or
- The Department, EPA, or Permittee determines that the Operating Permit contains typographical errors.
- How is an Administrative Amendment Processed and What are the Timelines?
For an owner or operator of a facility to apply for an administrative amendment to their Operating Permit, a complete application must be filed in duplicate. The application must be submitted on Form BWP AQ11 and in accordance with the timelines established at 310 CMR 7.00:Appendix C(4). A timely application is one that is submitted concurrent with initiation of the proposed change.
- The Department shall take final action within 15 days of receipt of said application and may incorporate such changes without providing notice to the public or affected states. The Department shall submit a copy of the revised OP to EPA.
- The source may make the change upon receipt by the Department of the proposed Administrative Amendment.
- An administrative amendment for the purposes of the acid rain portion of the Operating Permit shall be governed by 40 CFR part 72.
- The permit shield provisions of 310 CMR 7.00: Appendix C(12) shall not apply to changes made under 310 CMR 7.00: Appendix C(8)(a)1.
- What is the application fee? None.
- What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?
Primary Permit Location: Reserve Copy Location:
Dept. of Environmental Protection Dept. of Environmental Protection
_______________*Regional Office _______________*Regional Office
Bureau of Waste Prevention Bureau of Waste Prevention
*Find Your Region
As evident above, a completed application package shall be submitted in duplicate (one primary copy, one reserve copy) to the appropriate regional office for review and approval.
Upon approval of the application, MassDEP stamps the reserve copy and returns it to you for your records along with the updated pages of the OP. In this manner, MassDEP and the applicant have identical copies of the approved submittal.
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for an Administrative Amendment?
- Answer all questions on the form and indicate “N/A” (not applicable) where appropriate.
- Submit all supplementary information requested in the application.
- Submit two copies of the application to the regional office for review. One copy must have original signatures. The reserve, or duplicate, may be a photocopy.
- What are the regulations that apply to these permits? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include, but are not limited to:
- Air Pollution Control Regulations, 310 CMR 6.00-8.00
- 310 CMR 4.00
These may be purchased online, in person, or by Mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore