Filing a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA) Application

  1. Fill out Permit Application
    • Download and complete the RDA form - WPA Form 1 (Word / PDF)
    • This application is also used for review under the Westford Non-zoning Wetland Bylaw.
  2. Submit completed application to Westford Conservation Department by hand or First Class mail (Filing Deadline Dates) with the following materials:

    • Two (2) copies of the RDA application including:
      • A detailed narrative that describes the area and the proposed project
      • A plan that clearly depicts the site, wetland boundaries, and proposed work (8 additional copies)
      • USGS quadrangle or another map that sufficiently locates the site
    • Abutter notification info:
      • Certified List of Abutters obtained from the Assessor’s Office
      • Completed Notification to Abutters form
      • Signed Third Party billing form authorizing legal advertising expenses
  3. Submit application and plan to Mass DEP by certified mail. Send to:
             DEP-NE Regional Office, Wetlands Division
             205-B Lowell St.
             Wilmington, MA 01887

  4. Mail, by certified mail or Certificate of Mailing, the Notification to Abutters form to the list of abutters obtained from the Assessor’s Office at the same time the wetland application is filed.

    Use this checklist to ensure all required information is included in the application (PDF).

  5. Public hearing and decision
    • Upon receipt of a complete application, the Conservation Department will schedule the Applicant for a public hearing before the Conservation Commission. The Conservation Department will prepare and submit a legal notice to a local newspaper for publication at least 5-business days prior to the hearing (the applicant will be billed by the newspaper directly).
    • The Conservation Department may elect to conduct a site visit prior to the hearing.
    • The applicant or representative must be present at the hearing and they should be prepared to give a short five-minute presentation to the Commission about the proposed project and the site conditions. Don’t forget to bring your Certified mail receipts to confirm all abutters were given notice of the hearing.
    • Once the Commission renders its decision, the applicant, any abutter or a citizen group has 10 days to appeal the decision to MassDEP and the District Court.
  6. Reminders
    • Approved work must be completed within 3 years.
    • Any changes to the approved plan must be reviewed by the Commission prior to undertaking the changes.
    • Applicant/owner must comply with all conditions attached to the decision.
    • Check with Building, Planning, Zoning and Health Departments as they may also require permits for proposed work.