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A permit is required prior to any land disturbance activity that exceeds the thresholds contained within Chapter XIV: Stormwater Management of the Auburn General By-laws and its associated Stormwater Regulations.
There are two types of permits - a minor permit and a major permit - which are defined by the extent of the land disturbance activity. The thresholds for each type of permit are shown in the table below.
|Regulated Activity||Minor Permit Threshold||Major Permit Threshold|
|Any land disturbance activity (or activities that are part of a larger plan of development)||5,000 – 9,999 square feet||≥10,000 square feet|
|Any land disturbance activity where there is an existing or proposed slope of 15% or greater||2,500 – 4,999 square feet||≥5,000 square feet|
|Any land disturbance activity that will result in equal to or greater than 50 cubic yards of material filled, removed, or altered||50 – 499 cubic yards||≥500 cubic yards|
|An increase in impervious area||1,000 – 2,999 square feet of new impervious area||≥3,000 square feet of new impervious area|
Applicants are responsible for submitting the following information in order to obtain a permit:
Please see the Stormwater Management Regulations for additional information on what is required. An Application Checklist is also available. The checklist is for the benefit of applicants and is not a required document that needs to be submitted with the application.
The Department of Public Works will make a determination of completeness of the application and adequacy of the materials submitted within 10 business days of receipt of the application. Final Action on the application will be taken within 30 business days of a positive certification of completeness or receipt of documentation addressing comments.
A Land Disturbance Permit is valid for one year. Following issuance, the permit holder is required to complete the following actions:
Unless otherwise stated, all submittals, notifications, scheduling inquiries, and questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the end of construction, the permit holder is required to submit a final report and as-built plans before a Certificate of Completion can be issued. A copy of the Certification must be presented by the permit holder to the Town Building Inspections Division prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, if applicable.
In addition, major permit holders are required to submit annual reports to DPW regarding the inspection and maintenance of BMPs for which they are responsible following construction. The responsible party is the owner of the property and the reports must be submitted in perpetuity. Reports must be emailed to email@example.com prior to June 1st of every year.
Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call DPW at (508) 832-7814.
Stormwater in Auburn is regulated by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Massachusetts Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. As part of this permit, the Town is required to implement and enforce a program to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff that result from construction and post-construction activities. The Stormwater Bylaw meets or exceeds the requirements of the MS4 permit and provides greater regulatory mechanisms for addressing pollution, protecting the environment, and preventing flooding.
Per the Stormwater Bylaw, the following activities are exempt from obtaining a land disturbance permit:
Within 10 days of submittal, the application will be reviewed to ensure all the required documentation has been included and is of a quality sufficient for review. Action will be taken on an application within 30 days of the determined date of completeness or receipt of documentation addressing comments.