Site Location of Development (Site Law)

Introduction
Contacts
Forms
Municipal information
Rules
Statutory sections
Supplemental materials


Introduction

This law requires review of developments that may have a substantial effect upon the environment. These types of development have been identified by the Legislature, and include developments such as projects occupying more than 20 acres, large structures and subdivisions, and oil terminal facilities. A permit is issued if the project meets applicable standards addressing areas such as stormwater management, groundwater protection, infrastructure, wildlife and fisheries, noise, and unusual natural areas.

The applicant for a new Site Law development (except for a residential subdivision with 20 or fewer developable lots) is required to attend a pre-application meeting. This meeting is an opportunity for the applicant to determine the requirements that apply to the project. The meeting with licensing staff is intended to help identify issues, processing times, fees, and the types of information and documentation necessary for the DEP to properly assess the project. Pre-application meetings are available on request when they are not required.

Certain exemptions apply. The Site Law applies in organized areas for purposes of all types of development, and in unorganized areas for purposes of oil terminal facilities.

Contacts (licensing)

For general licensing question, including asking for the name of the project manager for a particular project, please use the ON-CALL system. Call one of the following numbers, and ask to speak with the "on-call" person for the Site Law program in the Bureau of Land and Water Quality.

  • Augusta:  800-452-1942. 
  • Bangor:  888-769-1137.  
  • Portland: 888-769-1036. 
  • Presque Isle:   888-769-1053.

Statutory sections

Title 38, Chapter 3, §§ 481-490. Note: this link is to the text at the Office of Revisor of Statutes' site. Always check the disclaimer there -- the text may not include the most recent changes. 

Rules

The DEP has a handout available that includes Chapters 371-377. This handout is commonly used by DEP staff, and is available in hardcopy. The handout has a table of contents, and the page numbering is sequential throughout the entire document. In the official chapters listed below, available on the Secretary of State's website, each chapter has its own page numbers.

  • 342. Significant Groundwater Wells
  • 371. Definitions
  • 372. Policies and Procedures under the Site Location Law
  • 373. Financial Capacity Standard of Site Location Law
  • 375. No Adverse Environmental Effect Standard of Site Location Law
  • 376. Soil Types Standard of the Site Location Law
  • 377. Review of Roads under Site Location of Development Law
  • 380. Planning Permit
  • 500 Stormwater Management
  • 502 Direct Watersheds of Lakes Most at Risk from Development

Forms

If you feel an item does not apply to your project, write "NA" or "not applicable" - do not delete the item from the form. Altered forms will not be accepted, because they increase review times, when staff have to slow down and figure out what information is missing. Making a section longer in order to provide more information is not considered an alteration, and is acceptable.

Municipal information

Supplemental materials