How long does it take to begin a project once my application has been submitted?

The permitting process, barring any obstacles, will take at least eight weeks before an applicant may start work. The applicant is required to present the proposed project at one of the Commission's public hearings.

Generally, your first public hearing is continued until the next scheduled meeting, pending a site visit (the Commission usually conducts a site visit on the Saturday following the first hearing). The second public hearing is used to discuss the findings of the site visit. If the Commission finds no issues from the first hearing or the site visit, the public hearing is then considered closed. No further information may be presented to the Commission after the public hearing has been closed.

The Commission has 21 days to make a decision and usually discusses a DRAFT Permit/Order of Conditions (OC) at its next meeting. Finding no major issues with the DRAFT OC, the Commission will sign it at the meeting and it will be sent to the applicant within the following days via certified mail. The date of issuance begins the state's 10-business day appeal period. Once the appeal period has ended and no appeal of the permit has been made, the applicant must record the OC with the Registry of Deeds in Salem (there is a recording fee of approximately $75 at the Registry). Then other "Pre-Construction" orders must be fulfilled before work may begin.

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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?