Permit Fact Sheet
1. What is the purpose of these permits?
Solid waste permits are only valid to the specific owner and/or operator as identified on the permit. When there is a change in ownership of a solid waste facility, the new owner must identify itself to MassDEP for the facility’s permit to remain valid.
Legislative authority for this permit is stated in MGL C. 21A, ss. 2 and 8, and C. 111, s. 150A. Regulations promulgated pursuant to these laws are codified in 310 CMR 19.000, the "Solid Waste Management Facilities Regulations."
2. Who must apply?
Any time a solid waste permit is transferred from the existing owner (transferor) to a new owner (transferee), the new owner must submit a BWP SW 49 certification.
3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for these permits?
Before a permit can be transferred it must satisfy the requirements as specified in 19.044 including proof of notice that the facility is operating or was operated has been recorded in the registry of deeds, or if the site is registered land, in the registry section of the land court for the district wherein the land lies.
If a municipality, as a holder of the permit being transferred, has provided an alternative financial assurance mechanism but is not one of the new permit holder(s), then the new permit holder is required to provide financial assurance for the transfer to be valid.
Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements.
4. What are the application fees?
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
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Reserve Copy Location:
The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
7. What is the annual compliance fee?
There is no annual compliance fee associated with this permit.
8. How long are these permits in effect?
A transfer of permit certification is valid until the ownership of the permit changes.
9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these permits?
a. Before making a submission ensure the application meets all the requirements stated in 19.044.
b. Submit fee and one copy of the 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 these permits? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include but are not limited to:
a. Solid Waste Management Facility 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 from the Massachusetts State Bookstore