What are the laws and rules that regulate wetlands in Rockport?

Wetlands in Rockport are regulated by three documents:

  • At the state level: by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (G.L. Ch. 131 sec. 40).
  • At the town level: by the Rockport Wetlands Protection By-law (Rockport Code of Bylaws, Chapter 14) and
  • At the town level: by the Wetland Bylaw Rules and Regulations, revised February 29, 2012
  • All three of these documents must be adhered to and all three are administrated by the Rockport Conservation Commission.
  • The Rockport Conservation Commission prides itself in working to offer excellent service to the public. We employ a professional Conservation Agent who is located in the Town Hall Annex at 26 Broadway. To speak with the Conservation Agent, please email Gerri Falco or call 978-546-5005. The agent is available for office visits or site visits as needed so that you completely understand your situation.

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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?