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Emergency permitting does not bypass the review process but it does change the sequence of the review protocol. Certain environmental conditions trigger thresholds constituting "Emergency Status". Two coastal projects are used below as illustrations of "Emergency Status". Each Town's Conservation Commission may have it's own protocol for determining and responding to, requests for this status. Many towns are unfamiliar with Emergency Permits and have no established protocol. The same perception of emergency status may not be shared by both regulators and property owners. For instance, the catastrophic loss of land to coastal erosion may not, by itself, constitute an emergency. However, if a structure or part of a structure is imperiled, or if it can be demonstrated that a structure is in imminent peril due to that catastrophic erosion, the situation may qualify for status.
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Coastal storm damage to a structure supporting a building, in this case an abandoned septic system, qualified for emergency status because it required an immediate response. Emergency response protocols cannot incorporate Notice of intent timeline delays. The NOI is submitted ex post facto, usually within 30 days of receiving the Emergency Permit. The Conservation Commission certifies the emergency by reviewing submitted information (site plan; photographic evidence; proposed response protocol) and voting to issue an Emergency Permit to perform necessary work immediately. In some towns, the building commissioner may need to certify a structural emergency to the Commission. In some cases the Commission Agent may be authorized to issue an Emergency Permit but the Commission should be called to an emergency session.In rare circumstances, when responding to a large scale situation or when Commission officials are not available, a town administrator may be authorized to certify an emergency situation.