Filing with the Burlington Conservation Commission
Work that Requires a Permit From Conservation
A wetlands permit from Conservation is required for all work, other than routine maintenance, proposed to occur within floodplain, 100 feet of a wetland*, or 200 feet of a stream (as defined by the Wetlands Protection Act MGL Ch131, s40 or the Burlington Wetlands Bylaw Article XIV).
An erosion and sedimentation control permit is required for any land disturbance equal to or greater than 10,000 sq. ft. of land, regardless of whether the activity is proposed in or near wetlands or not. Land disturbing activities include, but are not limited to clearing, grading, filling, and excavation, as well as landscaping equal to or greater than 500 sq. ft.
Whether residential, commercial, or governmental, any work under Conservation jurisdiction MUST be reviewed and approved by the Conservation Commission prior to commencement of the project. When in doubt, PLEASE call the Conservation Department. We would be happy to review your project to determine if a Conservation Commission filing is required.
Permit applications can be found here.
* A Note on Wetlands
Inland wetlands are areas where water is at or just below the surface of the ground. Although these wetlands can appear dry during some seasons, they contain enough water to support certain plants and soils.
The Wetlands Protection Act specifically identifies "any bank, freshwater wetland, coastal wetland, beach, dune, flat, marsh, meadow or swamp bordering on the ocean or any estuary, creek, river, stream, pond or lake, or any land under said waters or any land subject to tidal action, coastal storm flowage, or flooding . . ."
For more information, visit the following pages:
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Conservation Bylaws, Regulations & Policies
Conservation Forms & Applications