Site Location of Development (Site Law)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- Site Law application
- Siting certification for small-scale energy developments
- Condition compliance form
- Notification of non-juridictional subdivision with conservation easement
- Notification of exempt clustered subdivision with conservation easement
- Application for minor revision
- Roundwood notice form
- Special condition for third party inspection program Includes Suggested format for 3rd party compliance inspection form.
- Stormwater pre-application form
- Transfer form
- Delegated authority; municipal capacity -- list of towns (pdf file)
- Municipal Review of Development forms (for municipalities)
- Essential wildlife habitat (Endangered Species Act) (off-site). Once an area becomes designated as Essential Habitat, no state agency or municipal government may permit, license, fund or carry out projects that would significantly alter the habitat or violate protection guidelines adopted for the habitat.
- Site Location of Development Pre-Application Meetings (Fact Sheet) (pdf file)
- Selected developments - A list of development projects of interest, including windpower, falling under Site Location of Development Law review.
- Windpower - General information on windpower.