Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Regulations & Applications: New Milford, Connecticut (CT)

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission is the Town of New Milford’s only land use agency that is mandated and empowered by the State of Connecticut to enforce the Inland Wetlands Act (sections 22a- 36 and 22a-45 inclusive) of the Connecticut General Statutes as amended.

All landowners and contractors shall familiarize themselves with the Town of New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations prior to performing any activities on their property. If you have any questions regarding whether or not your proposed activity requires a permit, please call us at (860) 354-9346 so that we may assist you. The Commission regulates not only activities in a wetlands but any activities in the “regulated area” adjacent to the wetlands and/or watercourses which has the potential to adversely impact the wetlands or watercourse. Typical regulated activities include but are not limited to: patios, decks, new houses, removal of vegetated understory or stream cover, grubbing, grading, paving, excavating, filling, constructing, installing or repairing septic systems, depositing or removing material, diverting or obstructing water flow and discharging storm water within a wetlands or regulated area.

Below please find various application forms and the actual Town of New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations. If you have any questions relative to whether or not a portion of your property has wetlands or your proposed activity has the potential to impact wetlands, please do not hesitate to contact us at (860) 354-9346 so that we may assist you. We also offer full service land use permitting where we handle the entire permitting process from beginning to end.

New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations
Adopted on October 13, 1988, the Town of New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations should be consulted prior to performing any activity within a wetlands and/or watercourses or within two hundred (200) feet of the ordinary high waterline of Candlewood Lake, the east or west branch of the Aspetuck River, the Still River, the Housatonic River or watercourses within the West Aspetuck River watershed, or within one hundred (100) feet of the ordinary high waterline of any other watercourse, or within one hundred (100) feet of any wetlands which ever is greater.

New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Application for Permit
This is the actual permit that you must fill out for any proposed activity that is regulated by the New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. This form must be fully completed prior to submission.

New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Site Determination Form
This form is required to be filled out for any activity such as a deck, shed, pool, addition, barn or new construction that will not have any proposed activity in the wetlands or “regulated area.”

New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Application for “As-Of Right” or “Non-Regulated” Uses aka “Schedule B”
This is the application that you must fill out for activities that are as-of right or non-regulated. Typical activities that fall under this category are: grazing, farming, nurseries, gardening and harvesting of crops, farm pond three (3) acres or less essential to the farming operation.

DEP Wetlands Activity Reporting Form
This form is submitted by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission and/or their authorized representative to theConnecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) once a permit is issued. This form is typically submitted as part of the application package for permit.

USGS Quadrangle Index Map
The DEP Wetlands Activity Reporting Form requires you to determine the USGS (United States Geological Survey) Quadrangle map number for which the subject property resides in. We provide this index so you may quickly determine which map number your property falls within.

New Milford Subregional Basin Index
The DEP Wetlands Activity Reporting Form requires you to determine the watershed subregional basin number for which the subject property resides in. We provide this index so you may quickly determine which watershed subregional basin number your property falls within.

Connecticut Public Act 05-124
This Act states that an applicant cannot file a permit application other than for interior work in an existing building or for exterior work that does not expand or alter the footprint of an existing building if the subject property is encumbered by a conservation restriction or preservation restriction. Please read the above Act fully to ensure that your permit will not be unnecessarily overturned if it is to be appealed.

Public Water Supply Watershed or Aquifer Area Project Notification Form (Local Water Company)
The Connecticut General Statutes requires an applicant to notify the local water company of any project proposed in a public water supply aquifer protection area or watershed area. A map of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Area is provided below for the Town of New Milford to assist you in determining if you need to provide this notification. Click here for a sample letter to the water company.

Public Water Supply Watershed or Aquifer Area Project Notification Form (CT DPH)

In 2006, Public Act 06-53 was passed which requires an applicant to notify the Connecticut Department of Public Health of any project proposed in a public water supply aquifer protection area or watershed area. A map of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquifer Protection Area is provided below for the Town of New Milford to assist you in determining if you need to provide this notification.

Town of New Milford Aquifer Protection Area Map
Determined by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, this map delineates Aquifer Protection Areas in the Town of New Milford.

New Milford Natural Diversity Database Map
Section 26-310 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides that any activity authorized by a state agency, including any activity issued a permit by DEP, must not threaten the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species. If your activity is located in an area of concern, DEP’s Connecticut Natural Diversity Data Base (CT NDDB) program will conduct a detailed review to determine if there will be any impact from your project and you will be notified of their results. See the attached map along with associated instruction to determine if you are potentially impacted.

Letter of Assignment of Bond
If the Town of New Milford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission requires a bond, this is the letter of assignment that must be filled out in order to properly assign your bond.

If you have any questions regarding the interpretation of a local land use regulation or application or you are interested in working with us on a project, contact us at (860) 354-9346. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Please note that you should always contact the Town of New Milford to determine if the Regulations and/or application forms have recently changed.