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Most wetland resource areas are surrounded by “Buffer Zones” – a 100-foot wide protective zone that protects wetlands from human impacts.
Wetland resource areas on both public and private property are protected and regulated.
In addition to abiding by the laws, there are many other ways citizens can help maintain the health of wetland resource areas:
Regulated activities include:
Do not assume your contractor will pull all the necessary permits. Landowners are responsible for any work and activity that occurs on his/her property. Before you hire a tree company, landscaper, or a contractor call the Conservation Department to determine if you need a permit.
Copies of state and town wetland regulations (e.g., 25- or 50-foot No Alteration Zone), filing guidelines and the Commission’s schedule of meetings are available on the Town’s main Conservation Commission webpage.
The last page of the Order of Conditions typically provides an outline of the requirements and process. The applicant must submit a WPA Form 8A Request for Certificate of Compliance accompanied by a current As-Built Plan(s) that are stamped and signed by a Professional Civil Engineer (P.E) or a Registered Land Surveyor (R.L.S). A written statement from a P.E. or R.L.S certifying that the work was completed as shown on the plan(s) must also be submitted as part of the packet.
Upon receipt of a complete packet, Conservation staff will perform a final site inspection to determine compliance. After the inspection, the Request will be placed on the next scheduled meeting. Once approved by the Conservation Commission, the COC must be recorded at the Northern Middlesex Registry of Deeds to remove the encumbrance or “cloud” on the property title.