The Newton Conservation Commission is responsible for protecting Newton’s wetland resources by implementing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) and its regulations (310 CMR 10.00) and Newton’s Flood Plain Ordinance. (Note: Newton does not have a local wetlands ordinance). Property owners must seek permission from the Conservation Commission for any proposed work within: (a) 100-feet of a vegetated wetland, intermittent (i.e., seasonal) stream, or pond, or (b) 200-feet of a perennial (year-round) stream. Regulated activities include land altering activities such as grading, construction, tree or shrub removal, drainage projects, etc.
One of two wetland permit applications will be required depending on the scale of the proposed project and its potential effect on the nearby wetland resource. Small-scale projects may be able to be permitted through a “Request for Determination of Applicability”. Larger projects will likely require an applicant to file a “Notice of Intent.” Certain 'minor' activities may be exempt or able to be approved administratively by the Senior Environmental Planner. If you have any questions regarding which permit you should apply for, please click here, or contact the Conservation Office at (617) 796-1134. Please note that other City permits, e.g., Building, Engineering, and/or Historical, may be required to prior to beginning work.
The deadline for new application submissions is 16 days before the Conservation Commission meeting that the applicant wishes to be heard at. A complete wetland filing application is required at this time and incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The deadline for revised materials for continued applications is at noon, 14 days prior to the Conservation Commission meeting for which they are scheduled.
The permit process is explained here in a 2-page hand out.
Filing forms for all wetland permit applications are available on-line.
The Living with Wetlands brochure describes jurisdictional wetland areas and the state wetland protection regulations and requirements.