Wastewater Systems and Potable Water Supplies Rules

Regional Office Program Rules

Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rule - Effective September 29, 2007 (PDF)
See also  Summary of Changes (PDF).


Proposed Amended Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules, Water Supply Rule, and Indirect Discharge Rules

The Agency is holding public meetings to receive public comments on the proposed rules at the following times and locations:

Oct. 31 at 1 pm at the Springfield Regional Office, Agency of Natural Resources Conference Room, 100 Mineral Street, Springfield, VT

Nov. 1 at 2 pm at the Rutland Regional Office, Asa Bloomer Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 88 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT

Nov. 1 at 6 pm at the Rutland Town Office, 181 US-4 BUS, Center Rutland, VT

Nov. 7 at 1 pm at the Essex Regional Office, Act 250 Conference Room – Fish & Wildlife Building, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT

Nov. 8 at 1 pm at the St. Johnsbury Regional Office, UVM Extension Service Room, 374 Emerson Falls Road, St. Johnsbury, VT

Nov. 14 at 2 pm at the Agency of Natural Resources, Annex Building in Montpelier, 190 Junction Road, Berlin, VT

Nov. 14 at 6 pm at the Agency of Natural Resources, Annex Building in Montpelier, 190 Junction Road, Berlin, VT

The Agency will also accept written comments submitted on or before November 23, 2018. Please submit written comments to e-mail address ernest.christianson@vermont.gov or mail to:

Ernest Christianson
Agency of Natural Resources
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3521


Your Regional Office will help you locate information about your wastewater system and water supply and a Permit Specialist can answer questions you may have regarding what State permits may be needed.

Due to the high cost of printing and postage we must now charge for paper copies of the Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules. Please fill out the order form (PDF) for a paper copy.

Water Supply Rule (link to page) - see part II of the Water Supply Rules for non-public (potable) water systems.

Notification Requirements

Act 145, amended by the Legislature in 2012, requires a landowner applying for a Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Permit to notify adjacent landowners when a wastewater presumptive shield or water supply presumptive shield overshadows onto lot or lots not owned by the person applying for the permit. A brief outline of the notification process is as follows:

  • All notifications required of the landowner (as an applicant or a permittee) shall be done by certified mail;
  • Notifications to property owners affected by “overshadowing” will be made using a standardized form developed by the Secretary;
  • Notifications only need to include a site plan that accurately depicts all of the overshadowed areas on neighboring property. (The requirement to send the entire application and a copy of all of the plans has been eliminated); and
  • Notification to property owners possibly affected by overshadowing shall be made at least seven calendar days prior to the date that the permit application is submitted to the Secretary. (The prior notice period didn’t start until the application was submitted).
  • If there is no overshadowing, ANR Form 5 must be submitted with the permit application.

The Notification Documents are:


Archived Rules