Wetland Application Forms
This page was created to assist residents and their representatives, but it also helps the Conservation Department run more smoothly and efficiently.
A wetland permit is required whenever a project or activity is proposed within 100 feet of a wetland or potential vernal pool, or within 200 feet of a river or stream. We understand that this can be confusing, so which wetland application should you use?
- A Request for Determination of Applicability (RFD) should be filed for simple projects (such as a swimming pool installation or tree cutting project).
- A Notice of Intent (NOI) is often used for more complicated projects (such as a new house, a subdivision, or a commercial project).
- An Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD) should be filed before any large project, so that the site's wetland boundary lines can be reviewed and approved before any major project planning begins.
In 2014, the Wetlands Protection Regulations revision/update added special provisions for Ecological Restoration Projects (ERPs). The following ERP NOI excerpts should help to explain these projects:
An applicant who meets the ERP General Eligibility Criteria [310 CMR 10.13(1)] and the Additional Eligibility Criteria [310 CMR 10.13(2) through (7)] can apply for a Restoration Order of Conditions by filing a Form 3A ERP NOI. The ERP NOI form (downloadable, above) has been modified for use in Foxborough (i.e. coastal requirements have been removed).
If an applicant would like to request an Inland Ecological Restoration Limited Project (ERLP) [310 CMR 10.53(4)], they should fill out an Appendix A, Eligibility Criteria Checklist (downloadable, above) before filling out a Notice of Intent Application to determine whether their project qualifies as an ERLP. The ERLP Eligibility Checklist will guide you in determining whether your project is eligible to file as an Inland ERLP. These criteria must be met to ensure that the restoration and improvement of the natural capacity of a Resource Area(s) to protect and sustain the interests identified in the State’s Wetlands Protection Act is necessary to achieve the project’s ecological restoration goals.
Many of the above wetlands application forms are State (DEP) forms that have been modified to reference Foxborough's Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Chapter 267) and remove reference to coastal resource areas. Requiring only one application form (rather than two; one for the State and one for the Town) saves time and resources (for the applicant, as well as the Conservation Department) by streamlining the wetland application filing process. Paper versions of the above (downloadable) forms can be obtained at the Conservation Department.
Please note that the Conservation Commission only accepts the above (combined State and Town) application forms, unless an applicant is only filing for a State permit.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us; we'll be happy to help you: