The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch. 131 S. 40) is a state law prohibiting the alteration of wetland resource areas or the associated 100-foot buffer zone without a permit from the Plainville Conservation Commission. The Rivers Protection Act (MGL Ch. 258 of the Acts of 1996) provides similar protections within 200 feet of a perennial (year-round) stream and is incorporated into the Wetlands Protection Act.
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If you are unsure, you should contact the Conservation Office.
If you are planning any landscaping, clearing, filling, excavation, demolition, or construction within a wetland or floodplain, within the 100-foot buffer zone, or within 200' of a perennial stream - whether or not the wetland resource is on your property - please contact the Conservation Commission before you begin your project to determine if you will need a permit.
The Plainville Conservation Commission is a seven-member volunteer board appointed by the Board of Selectmen to protect the Town's wetland resource areas. The Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Regulations and the Plainville Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Chapter 472) and regulations (Chapter 900, Code of the Town of Plainville). The Commission also oversees the Town's conservation lands.