1. Instructions: BWP SW 43 doc format of    Landfill Closure Completion Instructions  pdf format of Landfill Closure Completion Form & Instructions

  2. Form: BWP SW 43 doc format of    Landfill Closure Completion Form  pdf format of Landfill Closure Completion Form

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this permit?

    This permit is intended to protect the public health, safety and the environment by ensuring that the closure construction of a solid waste landfill facility has been completed in accordance with the approved permit and subsequent post-closure use of the site will not result in adverse affects on public health or safety, pollution of land, air and water or nuisance conditions.  The date of the approval by the Department of the closure completion establishes the start date for the post-closure period.  For information purposes, the construction of closure at a landfill is often referred to as capping or constructing a cap.

    Legislative authority for this permit is stated in MGL c. 21A, ss. 2 and 8, c. 111, s. 150A and the Acts of 1987, c. 584. Regulations promulgated pursuant to these laws are codified in 310 CMR 19.000, Solid Waste Management Facility Regulations. Section 19.140 of those regulations applies to this permit approval. 
  2. Who must apply?

    Any individual, business, or organization that has completed construction of closure of a solid waste landfill must apply for this determination in accordance with 310 CMR 19.140
    A landfill is a facility or part of a facility established in accordance with a valid site assignment for disposal of solid waste into or on land. 
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit?

    You must obtain permits for Final Closure/Post-Closure Plans prior to construction of the landfill closure, then complete closure construction before applying for this determination. These are issued by MassDEP's Solid Waste Management. Other requirements may be found in 310 CMR 19.140 and in  the Application Completeness Checklist. You must submit documentation that any and all required local, state and federal permits have been issued.

    Concurrent permits may include, but are not limited to:

    Wetlands Order of Conditions (310 CMR 10.00), issued by the conservation commission in the city or town where the facility is located.
    Sewer Connection (314 CMR 7.00), issued by Water Pollution Control or Industrial Wastewater.
    National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) (314 CMR 5.00), issued by Water Pollution Control or Industrial Wastewater.

    Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements.
  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:
    Department of Environmental Protection 
    _____________* Regional Office
    Solid Waste Management
    * Find Your Region

    Reserve Copy Location:
    Not Required.
  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

    There is no public comment review period for this determination.
  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 determination in effect?

    This determination will be valid until, or if, such time the department approves a modification of or a superseding permit for the site.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these authorizations?

    a. Make sure that all conditions of the Final Closure and Post-Closure Use Permit have been complied with and documented.
    b. Provide documentation that all other permits, local, state and federal, have been issued and/or complied with as applicable.
    c. Submit construction certification and as-built plans, both signed and stamped by a registered professional engineer.
    d. Provide documentation that appropriate financial assurance has been secured in accordance with 310 CMR 19.051.
    e. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment to: Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211
  10. What are the regulations that apply to this determination?  Where can I get copies?

These regulations include, but are not limited to: 

a. Solid Waste Management Regulations, 310 CMR 19.000.
b. 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