What is the procedure for obtaining approval from the Conservation Commission? My project may be in an area regulated by the commission jurisdiction.

The process for approval varies significantly depending on what the activity is and where it will be located in relation to the wetland. Some activities like maintaining an established landscape that has existed for years on a house lot are fully exempt and do not need our approval. Other activities like adding a porch within 100' of a marsh will need our approval. Your best approach is to contact the Conservation Agent to discuss what and where the activity will be. They will work to help you determine what the requirements are.

There is generally one of four paths that may be taken:

  1. First, after reviewing your project, the Agent determines it is not regulated by us, no further action or approval is required by the Conservation Commission.
  2. The second path is the work is significant enough for review and you must appear before the Commission for their determination. All our meetings start with open time for citizen inquiries, this is to give people an opportunity to discuss these types of projects.
  3. The third path of the project is sufficient to require the completion of a formal application for a "Request for Determination" (RFD)
  4. The fourth path is the completion of a formal application describing a "Notice of Intent" (NOI). Please be advised depending on which of the processes your project requires, it may take two months or more for a determination to start your project. State law sets RFD and NOI procedures so the amount of time to apply for those generally cannot be reduced.

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1. Where can I purchase sediment control products?
2. What is the procedure for obtaining approval from the Conservation Commission? My project may be in an area regulated by the commission jurisdiction.
3. What information is needed to present a project? If approved by the Conservation Commission, are other approvals needed?
4. What are the laws and rules that regulate wetlands in Rockport?
5. How do I find out if my property is in a location that has activities regulated by the Rockport Conservation Commission?
6. Can I clean out my stream?
7. Do I need to file for permission to do landscaping?
8. How long does it take to begin a project once my application has been submitted?
9. Do I need to hire an engineer or wetland scientist?
10. What do I do with the department of environmental protection file number?
11. What does abutters' notification mean?
12. What happens if I do not file an application?
13. Which permit application should I use for my project?
14. Upon submitting my application, how long does it take to be put on the agenda?
15. Which areas are protected wetlands?
16. Why can’t I just fill in the little swamp in the backyard?
17. Why do I have to file with the Conservation Commission?
18. Why do we bother protecting wetlands anyway?
19. Can the Conservation Commission give me advice on what I can and cannot do on my property?