A Notice of Intent, or NOI, is an form submitted by an applicant wishing to do work in a wetland, wetland buffer, or riverfront area. The NOI includes a detailed description of the proposed work as well as plans to mitigate potential impacts on wetlands such as erosion and sedimentation controls. NOI are submitted to MassDEP and the local conservation commission. From there, a hearing is scheduled by the conservation commission where the applicant or their representative presents the NOI and addresses questions from the commission and the public.
Once the hearing is closed, the commission votes to approve or deny a permit known as an Order of Conditions.