Conservation Office

The Conservation Office assists the Conservation Commission in administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw.  

The Conservation Commission has jurisdiction over all work within 100’ of a wetland, 150’ of an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC, defined as elevation 10’ in certain coastal areas), and 200’ of a river or perennial stream. Any work that impacts the water, soils or vegetation (other than pruning landscaped areas, routine maintenance of lawns and structures, and a few other minor activities) requires prior approval by the Conservation Commission. This approval is achieved by filing certain forms with the Conservation Office.

The Conservation Office is available to assist applicants to ensure that all required forms are properly completed and submitted. 

A schedule of meeting dates and filing deadlines can be found here:
  1. Speaker Series: Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Presentation

    Save the date! Next Speaker Series on Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Presentation on Wednesday, March 22nd. Read on...
  2. Administrative Changes in the Conservation Office. CORRECTION

    The change in the number of copies required for filings has been corrected. The filing deadline for requesting a Certificate of Compliance or a Minor Modification to an Order of Conditions remains changed back to the previous deadline. Read on...
  3. Reports Released from Study of Coastal Bank in Ipswich

    Two assessment reports, generated as part of the Ipswich Coastal Zone Management Grant project, have been completed and are available for review. Read on...
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