1. WM 15: Instructions doc format of NPDES General Permit Notice of Intent
pdf format of                             WM 15 - NPDES General Permit Application

  2. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet

  1. What is the purpose of submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) for NPDES General Permits to MassDEP and EPA?

    A general permit is not tailored to a specific facility but rather written to cover multiple dischargers with similar operations and types of discharges. Once issued, dischargers may request coverage, consistent with the permit eligibility and authorization provisions. Dischargers covered under general permits know their applicable requirements before obtaining coverage under that permit. In order to request coverage, an applicant must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to EPA and may also, depending on circumstances described below, need to apply to MassDEP. Please note that WM 15 replaces former permit codes WM 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14.
  2. Who must apply?

    In general, NPDES permits must be applied for and obtained by:
    • Any agency or political subdivision of the Commonwealth
    • Any federal agency
    • Any public or private:
      • corporation
      • authority
      • individual
      • partnership
      • association, or
      • other entity
    proposing to discharge wastewater from a point source to surface water must apply to EPA. The following situations require applicants to submit a copy of EPA’s Notice of Intent (NOI) to MassDEP, along with transmittal form and payment (unless exempt):
    • POTW General Permit: all applicants
    • Dewatering General Permit: Discharges to an Outstanding Resource Water or Class SA Water
    • All other general permits: discharges to an Outstanding Resource Water.
  3. What is the application fee?

    See  Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
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  4. What is the Primary Permit Location?

    Completed permit applications should be submitted to:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    Surface Water Discharge Permit Program
    One Winter Street, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02108
  5. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    The timelines are available on the MassDEP Website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  6. What are annual compliance fees?

    There are no annual compliance fees for WM 15 permits, as promulgated in 310 CMR 4.00.
  7. How long is the notice of intent in effect?

    Each general permit is effective for 5 years, but coverage under the permits may be for less than 5 years depending on when the NOI is submitted and approved.
  8. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in submitting an application?
    • Make sure the Notice of Intent is completed according to EPA instructions.
    • Contact MassDEP to determine whether to submit NOI, MassDEP Transmittal Form, and payment.
      Questions regarding POTW GP should be directed to Claire Golden (claire.golden@state.ma.us), 978-694-3244.
      Questions regarding PWTF GP should be directed to Xiaodan Ruan (xiaodan.ruan@state.ma.us), 617-654-6517.
      Questions regarding Remediation GP should be directed to Cathy Vakalopoulos (catherine.vakalopoulos@state.ma.us), 617-348-4026.
      Questions regarding Stormwater GP should be directed to Fred Civian (frederick.civian@state.ma.us), 617-292-5821.
      Questions regarding all other GPs should be directed to Jennifer Wood (jennifer.wood@state.ma.us), 617-654-6536.
    • If required, submit a copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form and the completed NOI to MassDEP per #4 above.
    • Submit fee and a copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment to:
      Department of Environmental Protection
      P. O. Box 4062
      Boston, MA 02211.
    • If required per B.1.a., above, a CGP that discharges to an Outstanding Resource Water (ORW) also requires submittal of the following:
      • A copy of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP);
      • A copy of Superseding Order of Conditions issued by the municipal Conservation Commission.
  9. What are the state regulations that apply to these permits? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:Hard copies may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore .

More information from US EPA:
US EPA General Permits - https://www3.epa.gov/region1/npdes/mass.html#fgp