There are several types of applications that are filed with the Conservation Commission. Any application should be filed well before starting any work because the permitting process takes time.
Any proposed work within a wetland (swamp, marsh, bank, water body, land subject to flooding, river, stream, brook, etc.), within 100 feet of a wetland, or within 200 feet of a river or perennial stream needs to be filed through a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Application for Grafton Wetlands Protection Bylaw Permit.
If you are unsure if the property or the proposed work are subject to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act or Grafton Wetlands Protection Bylaw, you may file a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA). An RDA may also be filed when work is proposed within 100 feet of a wetland but you are unsure whether the work will affect the wetland. Additionally, an RDA may be filed to verify the location of wetlands before proceeding with further planning or work.
Any land-disturbing activity (whether new, development, or redevelopment) which disturbs greater than either 40,000 square feet or 1,000 cubic yards needs to be filed through an Application for Grafton Stormwater Management Bylaw Permit.
Any project that requires both the NOI/Application for Grafton Wetlands Protection Bylaw Permit as well as the Application for Grafton Stormwater Management Bylaw Permit may file the combined application.