Land Permits, Licenses, Certifications

Mining - This program regulates larger gravel pits, quarries, and clay and topsoil mining operations. For metallic mineral mining, see Site Location of Development.

Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) - This program regulates activities in, on, over or adjacent to natural resources such as lakes, wetlands, streams/rivers, fragile mountain areas, and sand dune systems. Standards to be met focus on the possible impacts to the resources and to existing uses. On the NRPA page you will find information on:

  • Permit by Rule
  • Sand Dune Systems
  • Significant Groundwater Wells
  • Significant Wildlife Habitat
  • Vernal Pools
  • Wetlands

Sand and Salt Pile Registration - The Sand and Salt Pile Program is responsible for mitigating the effects on ground and drinking water from piles of uncovered salt and mixed sand/salt. The program includes the creation of project priority lists; assistance with the siting of new sand/salt piles and buildings; an on-going registration program for sand/salt piles, and implementation of siting and operational rules.

Site Location of Development - This program regulates developments that may have a substantial impact on the environment, as provided in law. Examples: large subdivisions, structures, 20 acre plus developments, and metallic mineral mining operations. Standards address a range of potential environmental impacts

Stormwater - The Maine Stormwater Program includes the regulation of stormwater under three core laws: The Site Location of Development law (Site Law), Stormwater Management Law, and Waste Discharge Law (MEPDES). Aspects of stormwater are also addressed under industry specific laws such as the borrow pit and solid waste laws, and the rules administered by the Land Use Planning Commission.

Voluntary Contractor Certification - The VCCP is open to any individual who is involved with soil disturbance activity including filling, excavation, landscaping, and other earthwork. For initial certification, the program will require attendance at one 8-hour training course and the successful completion of a construction site evaluation.