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Wetlands
Much of Wayland’s land is considered wetlands which serve as a community resource, providing flood storage capacity, purifying storm runoff, providing wildlife habitat, and many other valuable functions.     

The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act states that people that want to do projects near a wetland resource area, such as building a deck or addition, need to get a permit by filing an application with the Conservation Commission. The town of Wayland has also adopted a  Wetlands and Water Resources Bylaw, Chapter 194, which is applicable to any site/project for which an application is being filed pursuant to the Wetlands Protection Act.


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Any work within 100 ft. of wetlands,
200 ft. of a perennial stream or
 100 ft. of floodplain must file with the Commission 

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When filing any type of application with the Conservation Commission, the following items are required (if an applicant fails to comply with any of the terms pertaining to the Wetlands Act and the Bylaw Chapter 194, their application will not be accepted by the Conservation Commission):
  • A  complete application pursuant to the Wetlands Protection Act with applicable fees (including, but not limited to: signed applications forms, site plans, applicable fees, etc.)
  • A complete Wayland Wetlands and Water Resources Bylaw, Chapter 194 application with applicable fees (including, but not limited to: owner's signature, properly prepared site plans, alternative analysis, applicable fees, etc.)
  • A certified list of 100' abutters by the Assessors Office, with owners' names, as well as home and mailing addresses, within 100 feet of the property must be submitted, as the Conservation Commission is obligated to send a notice of the hearing or meeting, as applicable, to each abutter. Note:  Certification of abutters list may take up to ten days.
  • Board of Health notification The applicant must provide the Board of Health with a copy of the application, and provide evidence of doing so to the Conservation Commission. 
  • The following are the newly adopted Wayland Wetlands and Water Resources Bylaw, Chapter 194 Rules and Regulations.
If you are proposing a project and need more information regarding the permitting process, you may contact the Conservation office at 508-358-3669

To purchase a copy of the Wayland Wetlands and Water Resources Bylaw, Chapter 194, or a copy of the Wayland Wetlands and Water Resources Bylaw, Chapter 194 Rules and Regulations, please visit the Conservation Office.

NOTE:  Any activity within 100' of a wetland or 200' of a perennial stream or 100' of floodplain is under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission and requires their approval. 
  • The Conservation Commission is the only board that determines whether a property/project is or is not under their jurisdiction.  No other board/commission has the authority to do so. 
  • To determine whether your property/project is within the Commission's jurisdiction, please contact the Conservation office.     
If it is determined that a project should have been filed with the Commission and was not, a fine may be instituted for each day that the project is in violation and all applicable fees will be doubled upon filing.




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