When do I Need a Permit & How do I Apply?

Permits are issued from the Conservation Office for projects that are proposed within areas protected by the Dept. of Environmental Protection and/or the Hanover Conservation Commission.

These protected areas are called resource areas and have a protected buffer zone radiating outwards from their boundaries. Work may not be done in a resource area.  But work may be allowed within the protected buffer if it is conducted with a permit.  

Resource areas include flowing waters like rivers, streams, ponds, brooks, the banks on their sides, the land underneath, and an area of land that extends 100 ft. from the edge of a pond or stream that dries up during the year, or 200 ft. from a river that flows throughout the year.  They also include wet, moist dark soiled areas called wetlands, marshes, vernal pools, and flood zone.  

You will need a permit from the Conservation Commission if your porject is in a location that is:

  1. less than 100 ft. from a protected wetland;
  2. less than 200 ft. from a flowing (perennial) stream/brook;
  3. less than 100 ft. from the natural edge of an   intermittent stream, brook, or pond;
  4. within FEMA Flood Zone;  or
  5. within 100 ft. from a vernal pool.

If work is proposed within the above areas and a permit is needed, you will need to contact a professional wetland specialist who will locate protected areas by placing colored tags on the boundary lines of each resource area.

You may also need to contact a professional engineering company for determining property lines and/or preparation of a plan for your project that shows the work location in relation to protected resource areas and other pertinent deatails

Applications are available at the Conservation Office or on this website at http://www.hanover-ma.gov/conservation/links/forms

The following is a guideline for residential propermit types:

RESIDENTIAL PERMITS issued through the Conservation Office

MINOR ACTIVITIES PERMIT- $50.00 fee, public hearing not required, issued from Cons. Office:

  • Must be at least 50 ft. from wetland with no alteration of ground/soils
  • May not be conducted within riverfront area
  • May not be conducted within the North River Corridor
  • Must be “minor” in nature- i.e., shed on blocks, small above ground pools on gravel base
  • May be issued for safety concerns- falling trees, damaged/diseased trees

REQUEST for DETERMINATION OF APPLICABILITY- $100 fee, public hearing required, abutter notification required:

  • Must be at least 50 ft. from wetland with all work including access, erosion control, grading
  • May be within riverfront area, but must be no closer than 150 ft. from mean annual high water line to stream/river
  • May be conducted within North River Corridor, but needs additional permit from No. River Commission
  • Application due 2 weeks prior to desired Conservation meeting
  • Fee required, legal ad payment required
  • Permit issued within 21 days of receipt of application
  • Pre and post inspections required

NOTICE OF INTENT- $220 fee for accessory work, $1,000 fee for new house, public hearing required, abutter notification required, recording of permit at Plymouth County Registry of Deeds required:

  • Must be at least 25 ft. from wetland for alteration of soils, 35 ft. for any permanent structure, including driveways, pool  & pool surrounds, walkways or similar
  • May be within riverfront area, but must be no closer than 100 ft. from mean annual high water line to stream/river
  • Application due 2 weeks prior to desired Conservation meeting
  • Fee required, legal ad payment required
  • Permit issued within 21 days after the public hearing is closed
  • Permit must be recorded at PC Registry of Deeds prior to the commencement of work
  • Pre-work, during work, and post-work  inspections required
  • Certificate of Compliance required- must be approved at Conservation meeting
  • Certificate must be recorded at PC Registry of Deeds
  • Permit and Certificate list perpetual conditions for site that run with the land

For more information, please visit the Conservation Office.