1. Instructions: BWP AQ 14 doc format of    Initial Operating Permit Instructions  pdf format of Initial Operating Permit Form & Instructions

  2. Form: BWP AQ 14 doc format of    Initial Operating Permit Form  pdf format of Initial Operating Permit Form & Instructions

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this permit?

    The purpose of an Operating Permit is to compile all approvals, permits and requirements relating to air pollution for a facility in one enforceable permit.

    Operating Permits were mandated for major sources of air pollution by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Massachusetts implements this program in 310 CMR 7.00: Appendix C of its Air Pollution Control Regulations.
  2. Who must apply?

    The owner or operator of a facility which is a major source of air pollution or any new proposed major source of air pollution must apply. The definition of major can be found in the regulations. In general, a major source as defined in Appendix C includes:

    Facilities with the Potential to Emit one or more of the following:

    50 ton per year of VOC
    50 ton per year of NOx
    10 ton per year of a single Hazardous Air Pollutant
    25 ton per year of all Hazardous Air Pollutants combined
    100 ton per year of any other pollutant
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit?

    None.
  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:
    Dep't. of Environmental Protection
    ________* Regional Office
    Air Quality Control

    Primary Permit Location:
    Dep't. of Environmental Protection
    ________* Regional Office
    Air Quality Control

    * Find Your Region

    As evident above, all completed application packages should be submitted in duplicate (one primary copy, one reserve copy) to the appropriate regional office for review and approval. You are also required to submit a copy of the application to EPA Region I.

    Upon approval of the application, MassDEP stamps the photocopy and returns it to you for your records. In this manner, MassDEP and the applicant have identical copies of the approved submittal.

    You must use Form BWP AQ 14 - Operating Permit when filing.
  6. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  7. What is the annual compliance fee?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  8. How long is this permit in effect?

    See:   Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these permits?

    a.   Answer all questions on the application form and indicate "N/A" (not applicable) where appropriate.
    b.   Submit all supplementary information requested in the application.
    c.   Submit two copies of the application to the regional office for review. Find your region: Find Your Region
    d.   Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form http://mass.gov/dep/service/online/trasmfrm.shtml to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. 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:

    a.   Air Pollution Control Regulations, 310 CMR 6.00 - 8.00
    b.   Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.

    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore