What kinds of permits are there, and which one should I apply for?

The type of permit depends on the size of the project and its proximity to the wetlands.

Minor Project Permits (MP) may be used for paths, fences, stone walls, limited tree cutting, conversion of existing developed areas to vegetated areas, small residential projects (decks, sheds, above-ground pools, small porches, and patios), and for preliminary planning work (soils tests and borings, surveying, and monitoring well installation). Such work must meet minimum setback standards (35-50 feet from wetlands, 100 feet from vernal pools, 100 feet from streams and rivers, and outside of floodplains). View further information about the MP application process.

A Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA) may be used for a basic determination whether wetlands are present on a site, and for permitting relatively small projects located towards the outer edge of the 100-foot buffer zone and well away from the wetlands. They may occasionally be appropriate for a small project located towards the outer edge of the 200-foot riverfront area. Small projects might be additions to houses or other buildings, landscaping projects that require grading and soil stabilization, or large sheds, porches and decks that do not meet the dimensional requirements of Minor Project Permits. The resulting permit issued by the Conservation Commission is called a Determination of Applicability. Access further information about the RDA application process.

A Notice of Intent (NOI) is used for larger projects and for all projects located close to or within wetlands. The resulting permit issued by the Conservation Commission is called an Order of Conditions. View further information about the NOI application process.

An Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) is used to confirm wetlands boundaries before work is proposed, in order to assure that the design is based on a complete and accurate depiction of all wetlands resource areas present on a site. This is most often used to prepare for subdivisions, multi-family housing, and commercial or industrial projects. Wetlands boundaries will be confirmed under a Notice of Intent if an ANRAD has not been submitted already. The resulting permit issued by the Conservation Commission is called an Order of Resource Area Delineation. Read over further information about the ANRAD application process.

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1. What are wetlands?
2. Why are wetlands important?
3. What laws apply to wetlands in Reading?
4. How can I tell if there are wetlands on or near my property?
5. When do I need to get a wetlands permit?
6. What kinds of permits are there, and which one should I apply for?
7. What happens after I receive the permit?
8. Where can I obtain further information?
9. How do I apply for a Minor Project Permit?
10. How do I apply for a Determination of Applicability?
11. How do I apply for an Order of Resource Area Delineation?
12. How do I apply for an Order of Conditions?
13. Where do I can I find the Bylaws and any other Rules and Regulations?