Site Location of Development Act (Maine)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Maine

Name Site Location of Development Act (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Site Location of Development Act regulates the locations chosen for state, municipal, quasi-municipal, educational, charitable, commercial and industrial developments with respect to the natural environment. The Act seeks to protect natural and groundwater resources from pollution and other adverse impacts. The Act applies to developments which occupy land or water areas in excess of 20 acres, involve mining or oil or gas exploration, include structures or subdivisions, or are identified as offshore wind power projects with an aggregate generating capacity of at least 3 MW.

Projects will be approved if the applicant demonstrates sufficient technical and financial ability to complete the project; that the project will have none or negligible impacts on the natural environment, storm water management, groundwater resources, flood risks, and erosion and sedimentation control; that blasting will be conducted in accordance with relevant rules and regulations; that the project will not place undue stress on other infrastructure; and that the project will be built on appropriate soil types. Additional regulations apply to wind projects, quarries and excavations, and hazardous activities and transmission lines. Some exemptions apply. The regulations contain application and permit requirements for such developments, as well as procedures for reclamation. Municipalities may be authorized to perform this review on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Mike Mullen (Permit/License)
Department Department Of Environmental Protection
Division Land
Address 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME

Zip/Postal Code 04333-0017
Phone 207-446-1611


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 38 M.R.S.A. 481-490
Date Effective 1971
Date Enacted 1969