1. Instructions: BWP SW 32, 33, 35 doc format of Demonstration Project Instructions pdf format of Demonstration Project Form & Instructions

  2. Form: BWP SW 32, 33, 35 doc format of Demonstration Project Form pdf format of Demonstration Project Form

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of these permits?

    Certain new or innovative solid waste technologies or processes are required to undergo the demonstration process. This demonstration provides assurances that public health, safety and the environment will be protected prior to the utilization of the new technologies and processes on a larger scale.

    Legal authority is found in MGL c. 21A, ss 2 and 8, c. 111, s. 150A. The regulatory authority for permitting demonstration projects is found in 310 CMR 19.062 and 310 CMR 16.05(10).

  2. Who must apply?
    1. Site assigned facilities proposing to utilize new or innovative technologies which would not be approved under the facility's operating plan, or under other applicable sections of 310 CMR 19.000.
    2. Anyone proposing an innovative process for the recycling or composting of pre-sorted materials at an unassigned site in accordance with 310 CMR 16.05(10).

2a. Which application should I file?

    • A Major Demonstration Project is defined in 310 CMR 4.10(4)(ff)&(gg). It consists of: the addition of waste water treatment sludge to an existing solid waste composting operation; a new composting operation processing solid waste or processing solid waste with waste water treatment sludge; or, a material or technology which requires design review or facility construction. A major demonstration project is a two part approval process. First, the scope of work must be approved through the submittal of a BWP SW 32 application, then, at the conclusion of the project, the final report is submitted using a BWP SW 33 application.
    • A Minor Demonstration Project is defined in 310 CMR 4.10(4)(hh). It consists of: the addition of compostable materials to an existing composting operation; a new composting operation which will receive not more than a total of 500 tons or 1000 cubic yards of compostable material as defined in 310 CMR 19.006, whichever is less, over the approved operating period of the project; an operating method or material used in daily operation which does not require design review or facility construction. Use BWP SW 35 for this application.
  1.  What other requirements should be considered when applying for these permits?

    A Scope of Work for a Major Demonstration Project (BWP SW 32) must be approved prior to submittal of a Major Demonstration Project Report (BWP SW 33).

    For facilities which have gone through prior MEPA review, it may be necessary to file a notice of project change to the MEPA unit to determine whether the proposed project constitutes further review by that unit. 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 complete technical review of the permit application until the MEPA process has been concluded. Copies of MEPA filings should be sent to the appropriate program offices in Boston and the MEPA Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office. Find your region: Find Your Region

    Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all requirements.

  2. What is the application fee?

    See:  Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule


  3. What is the Primary Permit Location?  What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    Primary Permit Location:
    Dep't. of Environmental Protection
    __________* Regional Office
    Solid Waste Management

    Reserve Copy Location:
    Dep't. of Environmental Protection
    Solid Waste Management
    1 Winter Street
    Boston, MA 02108

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    A copy of the application must be sent to the local board of health.

  4. 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

  5. What is the annual compliance fee?

    Annual compliance fees do not apply as these operations are time-limited. Facilities at which these projects occur may be required to pay annual compliance fees under the provisions of 310 CMR 4.03(2).

  6. How long are these permits in effect?

    A demonstration project shall be valid for the duration stated in the permit but for no more than two years from the date of issuance, unless renewed as provided for in 310 CMR 19.062(7) or for not more than one year for demonstration projects issued in accordance with 16.05(10). The Department may also terminate the permit at any time if the project does not adequately protect public health, safety, and the environment.

  7. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these permits?
    1. Strictly adhere to the application requirements of 310 CMR 19.062(2). Allow sufficient time for the demonstration and provide sufficient collected data to ensure that the information can be adequately evaluated.
    2. 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.

  1. What are the regulations that apply to these permits?  Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Solid Waste Management Facility Regulations, 310 CMR 19.000.\
    2. Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Waste Facilities, 310 CMR 16.00.
    3. Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.

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