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Although every effort has been made to ensure that there are no discrepancies, the official electronic versions of the Department's regulations are available on the Secretary of State's website, pursuant to RIGL § 42-35-4.1. There are various search options on this page. You can also sign up for e-mail notification of pending and final regulatory actions by going to http://www.rules.state.ri.us/rules/.
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Administrative Adjudication Agriculture Air Resources
Coastal Resources Compliance and Inspection Fish and Wildlife
Forest Environment Law Enforcement Legal Services
Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Strategic Planning and Policy
Waste Management Water Resources

 Administrative AdjudicationAdministrative Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Administrative Adjudication Division for Environmental Matters (1/2/01)

NEW Administrative Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Administrative Adjudication Division for Environmental Matters (3/26/12)

Rule 12- Statement of Interpretation

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 Agriculture Agriculture Forms

   Animal Health

Rules Related to Cultural Practices for Branding Products of the Farm (6/1/08)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Destruction of Animals by Carbon Monoxide (4/8/03)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Identification of Sheep and Goats (6/1/08)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals (11/29/12) 2014 Animal Health Regulations: For Exhibition and Showing Only Rules and Regulations Relating to the Importation of Equines From Contagious Equine Metritis Affected Countries (12/30/99)

Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Infectious Diseases of Swine (9/14/01)

NEW Rules and Regulations Governing the Prevention, Control and Suppression of Rabies Within the State of Rhode Island (2/16/14)

Swine Garbage Feeding Permit Requirement Regulations (11/10/93)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation and Possession of Exotic Wild Animals (4/15/10)

   Mosquito Abatement

Rules and Regulations of the Mosquito Abatement Grant Program (4/4/79)

   Pesticides

Rules and Regulations Relating to Marine Antifoulant Paints Containing Tributyl Tin (7/1/88)

Rules and Regulations of the Pesticide Relief Fund (3/5/87)

Rules and Regulations Relating to Pesticides (11/13/06)

   Agriculture Marketing and Promotion

Rules and Regulations for Agricultural Composting (5/3/98)

Agricultural Liming Materials Rules and Regulations (2/1/78)

Rules and Regulations Relating to Commercial Feed (2/15/78)

Rules and Regulations Relating to Fertilizers (2/1/78)

Honey Regulations (3/19/1958)

Rules and Regulations For Implementation of the Farm, Forest and Open Space Act (8/26/02)

Rules and Regulations for the Implementation of the Rhode Island Agricultural and Fisheries Products Identification Servicemark (9/19/80)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Administration of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Small Grants and Technical Program (11/6/13)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Rhode Island Seafood Brand and the Mislabeling of Marine Species (11/21/13)

Rules and Regulations Under the Rhode Island State Seed Law (1/19/79)

Rules and Regulations Relating to Shell Eggs (2/1/78)

   Farmland Ecology

Rules and Regulations Governing the Procedures for the Operation of the Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission and the Purchase of Farmland Development Rights (10/2007)

   Plant Industry

Rules Related to Cultural Practices for Branding Products of the Farm (6/1/08)

Aquaculture of Marine Species in Rhode Island Waters (7/1/14)

Rules and Regulations Relating to Deer Damage (1/2/01)

Out-of-State Honey Bee Quarantine to Prevent Entry of Varroa Mite (Varroa jacobsoni) Into Rhode Island (6/30/92)

Regulations for the Production and Distribution of Nursery Stock (3/9/79)

Rules and Regulations Under the Rhode Island State Seed Law (1/19/79)

Suppression of White Pine Blister Rust (12/29/04)

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 Air Resources Air Pollution Forms

Rules and Regulations Governing the Establishment of Various Fees (7/19/07)

General Definitions Regulation (9/29/10)

No. 1 - Visible Emissions (7/19/07)

No. 3 - Particulate Emissions from Industrial Processes (7/19/07)

No. 4 - Open Fires (7/19/07)

No. 5 - Fugitive Dust (7/19/07)

No. 6 - Opacity Monitors (7/19/07)

No. 7 - Emission of Air Contaminants Detrimental to Person or Property (7/19/07)

No. 8 - Sulfur Content of Fuels (6/24/14)

No. 9 - Air Pollution Control Permits (1/31/11) Rhode Island Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines for Assessing Health Risks from Proposed Air Pollution Sources

No. 10 - Air Pollution Episodes (10/11/75)

No. 11 - Petroleum Liquids Marketing and Storage (12/25/13)

Stage I & Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems at RI Gasoline Dispensing Facilities

No. 12 - Incinerators (7/19/07)

Read the State Plan No. 13 - Particulate Emissions From Fossil Fuel Fired Steam or Hot Water Generating Units (7/19/07)

No. 14 - Record Keeping and Reporting (7/19/07)

No. 15 - Control of Organic Solvent Emissions (7/19/07)

No. 16 - Operation of Air Pollution Control Systems (7/19/07)

No. 17 - Odors (7/19/07)

No. 18 - Control of Emissions From Organic Solvent Cleaning- superseded by Regulation No.36

No. 19 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds From Surface Coating Operations (7/19/07)

No. 20 - Burning of Alternative Fuels (6/24/14)

No. 21 - Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions From Printing Operations (7/19/07)

No. 22 - Air Toxics (10/9/08)
Air Toxics Guidelines (9/08)
Air Toxics Operating Permit Application Form
Rhode Island Air Dispersion Modeling
No. 23 - Control of Perchloroethylene Emissions from Dry Cleaning Operations (7/19/07)

No. 24 - Removal of Lead Based Paint From Exterior Surfaces (7/19/07); or click here for additional information

No. 25 - Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions From Cutback and Emulsified Asphalt (11/12/09)

No. 26 - Control of Organic Solvent Emissions From Manufacturers of Synthesized Pharmaceutical Products (7/19/07)

No. 27 - Control of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions (7/19/07)

No. 28 - Operating Permit Fees (1/31/11)

No. 29 - Operating Permits (1/31/11)

No. 30 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds From Automobile Refinishing Operations (7/19/07)

No. 31 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds From Commercial and Consumer Products (6/4/09)

No. 32 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds From Marine Vessel Loading Operations (7/19/07)

No. 33 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds From Architectural Coatings and Industrial Maintenance Coatings (6/4/09)

No. 34 - Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Inspection/Maintenance Program, DEM Regulations (1/5/09)

DMV, Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Safety and Emissions Control Regulation No. 1 (1/28/09)

DMV, Rhode Island Safety and Emission Control Regulation No. 2 (8/28/2002)

Click here for additional information about the Motor Vehicle Inspection/Maintenance Program Exit DEM site icon No. 35 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds and Volatile Hazardous Air Pollutants From Wood Products Manufacturing Operations (7/19/07)

No. 36 - Control of Emissions From Organic Solvent Cleaning (10/9/08)

No. 37 - Rhode Island's Low Emissions Vehicle Program (7/17/13)

No. 39 - Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators (7/19/07) Read the State Plan No. 41 - NOx Budget Trading Program (repealed 7/14)

No. 42 - Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Standards (repealed 7/14)

No. 43 - General Permits for Smaller-Scale Electric Generation Facilities (2/2/12)

No. 44 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds from Adhesives and Sealants (6/4/09)

No. 45 - Rhode Island Diesel Engine Anti-Idling Program (7/19/07)

No. 46 - CO2 Budget Trading Program (12/25/13)

No. 47 - CO2 Budget Trading Program Allowance Distribution (12/25/13)

Decision for 2013 Amendment of Reg No.'s 46 & 47

No. 48 - Outdoor Wood Boilers (4/14/11)

No. 49 - Transportation Conformity (10/20/11)

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 Coastal Resources Galilee Port Operations Regulations and Berthing Management System (1/9/04)

Newport Fishing Port Operations Regulations (6/9/03)

State Pilotage Commission Rules and Regulations (7/30/09)

State Pilotage Commission Rules and Regulations (8/26/10)

State Pilotage Commission Rules and Regulations (11/27/13)

NEW
State Pilotage Commission Rules and Regulations (8/14/14)

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  Compliance and Inspection Administrative Inspection Guidelines (1/23/03)

Rules and Regulations for Dam Safety (12/20/07)

Dam Registration Form

Rules and Regulations for the Assessment of Administrative Penalties (5/18/00)

Oil Pollution Control Regulations (1/3/91)

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 Fish and Wildlife Abstracts: Hunting and Fishing Application Forms

Marine Fisheries - Statutes and Regulations
Click here for a summary of changes to the Marine Fisheries regulations

"Commercial and Recreational Fishing Licensing Regulations"

Aquaculture of Marine Species in Rhode Island Waters (7/1/14)

   Companion Management Plans
NEW Hunting Regulations for the 2013-2014 Season (9/13/13)

NEW Fishing Regulations for the 2014-2015 Season (12/19/13)

NEW Falconry Regulations for the 2013-2014 Season (9/13/13)

NEW Hunting Regulations for the 2013-2014 Waterfowl Season (9/13/13)

Rules and Regulations Governing Nuisance Wildlife Control Specialists (10/23/12)

Regulations Promulgated in Order to Establish and Implement a Non-Recreational Deer Reduction Program on Block Island (11/7/13) (Frequently Asked Questions)

Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (8/6/10)

Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (12/26/10)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation, Feeding, and Baiting of Cervids in Rhode Island (8/04/05)

Rules and Regulations Governing Wildlife Rehabilitation (11/20/06)

Rules and Regulations Governing Wildlife Rehabilitation (10/6/11)

Rules and Regulations Governing Importation and Possession of Native Wildlife (11/20/06)

Ferret Regulations (7/17/97)

Rules and Regulations for Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Grant Program (11/29/93)

RI Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Rules and Regulations (6/24/01)

RI Trout Conservation Stamp Regulations (12/25/01)

Rules and Regulations Governing Fish and Wildlife Vendor Agents (5/27/02)

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 Forest Environment Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (8/6/10)

NEW Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (12/26/10)

Rules and Regulations for Licensing and Registration of Arborists (5/96)

Landowner Fees Regulations (5/18/93)

Intent to Cut Regulations (9/22/04)

Forest Fire Rules and Regulations (9/22/04)

Guidelines for the Distribution of Alternative Forest Use Challenge Grants (5/14/03)

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 Law Enforcement NEW Requirements and Standards for Boats and Associated Equipment (7/16/14)

Requirements and Standards for Boats and Associated Equipment (12/6/98)

NEW Derelict and Abandoned Vessel and Obstruction Removal Commission Rules and Regulations (6/6/14)

Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (8/6/10)

Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (12/26/10)

The Taking, Possession, Holding, Bartering and Trading of Shellfish(6/19/00)

Rules and Regulations Relating to Registration and Control of Snowmobiles and Recreational Vehicles (11/17/71)

License Suspension and Revocation Regulations (10/18/83)

Commercial License Suspension and Revocation Regulations (11/17/99)

Rules and Regulations Governing Boating in the Town of South Kingstown (6/11/75)

Rules and Regulations Governing Boating in the Town of Glocester (3/31/77)

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 Legal Services Administrative Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Department of Environmental Management (10/5/92)

Administrative Inspection Guidelines (1/23/03)

Rules and Regulations for the DEM Expedited Permit Process (5/25/92)

Amendments to Regulations for Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management re: Uniform Appeal Period (1/2/01)

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  Parks and Recreation Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (8/06/10)

Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (12/26/10)

Beach Rules and Regulations

NEW User Fees at State Beaches, Parks and Recreation Areas (7/1/11)

Rules and Regulations for the Development and Operation of Beavertail State Park, Jamestown, Rhode Island (9/4/80)

Colt State Park Vehicle Traffic Pattern (5/25/72)

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  Planning and Development Grant Application Forms

Rules and Regulations Governing the Preservation and Protection of State Open Space (12/2/10)

Rules and Regulations for Open Space Recreational Greenways Recreational Bikeways 1998 Bond Authorization (8/5/99)

Rules and Regulations for Open Space and Recreation Capital Development Program (2/5/90)

Rules and Regulations for Open Space and Recreational Area Bonds (2/3/88)

Open Space 2000 Bond Authorization Rules and Regulations (6/28/01)

Rules and Regulations of the Natural Heritage Preservation Commission (8/27/01)

Rules and Regulations of the R.I. Trails Advisory Committee for the Trails Improvements Grants Program (4/1999)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Recreational Trails Program (10/2013) (supersedes above)

Rules and Regulations- Recycling and Litter Control Grants (4/22/85)

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  Waste Management NEW Rules and Regulations Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Electronic Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling Act (12/31/13)

Rules and Regulations for Reduction and Recycling of Commercial and Non-Municipal Residential Solid Waste (10/13/96)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Rhode Island Mercury Education and Reduction Act (12/28/05)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Rhode Island Mercury Education and Reduction Act (8/1/07)

Response to Comments re: New Mercury Regulations

Hazardous Waste Application Forms (also septage and medical waste)

Rules and Regulations for Dredging and the Management of Dredged Material (10/5/10)

Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials (6/28/05)

Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials (8/13/07)

Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials (12/30/08)

NEW Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials (4/21/11)

UST Application Forms

Explanation of October 2002 Amendments to the UST Regulations
Rules and Regulations for Hazardous Waste Management (eff. 6/7/10)

NEW Rules and Regulations for Hazardous Waste Management (eff. 2/10/14) Hazardous Waste Compliance Workbook for Rhode Island Generators

Response to Comments Summary re: 2014 Hazardous Waste Regulations Amendments

Fact Sheeet re: 2014 Hazardous Waste Regulations Amendments

Response to Comments Summary re: 2010 Hazardous Waste Regulations Amendments

Universal Waste Rule Requirements Fact Sheet

Application Forms

Transporter Reporting Standards

Rules and Regulations Governing the Establishment of a Uniform Septage Disposal Fee (3/30/08)

Sample Transporter Report Spreadsheet
Rules and Regulations for the Investigation and Remediation of Hazardous Material Releases (2/24/04)

Rules and Regulations for the Investigation and Remediation of Hazardous Material Releases (11/9/11)
Response to Comments Summary re: Remediation Rules Amendments
NEW Site Investigation Report Checklist
NEW Hazardous Materials Release Notification Form- Submit electronically to siterem.nor@dem.ri.gov
NEW Revised Environmental Land Usage Restriction
NEW Expedited Removal Action Policy (2012)
NEW EXPRESS Policy: Expedited Policy for Remediation of Environmental Simple Sites
Solid Waste Regulations:
Solid Waste Regulation No.1- General Requirements (10/25/05)

Solid Waste Regulation No.2- Solid Waste Landfills (2/97)

Solid Waste Regulation No.3- Transfer Stations and Collection Stations (3/97)

Solid Waste Regulation No.4- Incinerators and Resource Recovery Facilities (1/97)

Solid Waste Regulation No.5- Waste Tire Storage and Recycling (1/97)

Solid Waste Regulation No.6- Petroleum Contaminated Soil Processing Facility (1/97)

Solid Waste Regulation No.7- Facilities That Process Construction and Demolition Debris (5/7/01)

Solid Waste Regulation No.8- R.I. Waste Composting Facility (10/25/05)
Municipal Recycling Regulations (4/7/97)

Rules and Regulations for Reduction and Recycling of Commercial and Non-Municipal Residential Solid Waste (10/13/96)

Medical Waste Regulations (10/10/10)

Response to Comments Summary re: Medical Waste Rules Amendments Rules and Regulations Governing the Establishment of Various Fees (7/19/07)

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  Water Resources Rules and Regulations Governing the Establishment of Various Fees (7/19/07)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Establishment of a Uniform Septage Disposal Fee (3/30/08)

Stormwater:

Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (eff. 12/28/10) ISDS:

Rules and Regulations Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Individual Sewage Disposal Systems (2/6/02)

Rules Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (1/1/08)

Rules Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (12/17/09)

Rules Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (8/4/10)

Annotated Rules Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (8/4/10)

Rules Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (6/30/11)

Rules Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (7/9/12)

NEW Rules Establishing Minimum Standards Relating to Location, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (7/16/14)

Summary of Changes, and other information about the new Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Rules

ISDS Forms

Rules and Regulations Governing the Establishment of a Uniform Septage Disposal Fee (3/30/08)
Wetlands:

  New Regulations:
NEW Rules and Regulations for Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Fresh Water Wetlands Act (7/16/14)

Rules and Regulations for Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Fresh Water Wetlands Act (12/28/10)

Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (eff. 12/28/10)

Rules and Regulations for Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Fresh Water Wetlands Act (6/24/09)
  Regulation History:
Expired Emergency Rules and Regulations for Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Fresh Water Wetlands Act (12/17/09)
Proposed Amendment (Incorporated into new regulations effective 6/24/09)

Rules and Regulations for Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Fresh Water Wetlands Act (6/1/07)

Amendments to Rules and Regulations Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Freshwater Wetlands Act (9/19/01)

Amendments to Regulations for Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management re: Uniform Appeal Period (1/2/01)

Rules and Regulations for Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Fresh Water Wetlands Act (4/23/98)
  Wetlands Forms

RIPDES:

Regulations for the Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (2/25/03)

Rules Related to Electronic Document Submissions (1/10/12)

Rhode Island Pretreatment Regulations (7/16/84)

General Permit Storm Water Discharge from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems and from Industrial Activity at Eligible Facilities Operated by Regulated Small MS4s (12/19/03)

General Permit Storm Water Discharge from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems and from Industrial Activity at Eligible Facilities Operated by Regulated Small MS4s NOI Application Form
General Permit for Storm Water Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity (8/15/13)

Multi-Sector General Permit NOI Form and Instructions (2013)
Storm Water GP Industrial Activity Notice of Termination

General Permit for Storm Water Discharge Associated with Construction Activity and Notices of Intent and Termination (9/26/13)

General Permit for Non-Contact Cooling Water Discharges and Notice of Intent (2013)

Remediation General Permit (2013)
Dredging

Rules and Regulations for Dredging and the Management of Dredged Material (10/5/10) Water/Groundwater Quality :

Water Quality Regulations (eff. 12/28/10)

Water Quality Regulations (eff. 6/2/09)

Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (12/28/10)

Rules and Regulations for Groundwater Quality (7/26/10)
Groundwater Discharge:

Rules for the Discharge of Non-Sanitary Wastewater and Other Fluids To or Below the Ground Surface (7/12/12)

Underground Injection Control Program Rules and Regulations (6/10/84, superseded by above)
Grants/Financing

Rhode Island Aqua Fund Rules and Regulations (3/12/90)

Rules and Regulations for State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program for Water Pollution Abatement Projects (10/02/01)

2014 SRF Project Priority List

Rules and Regulations for the Priority Determination System for Federal and State Assistance to Local Governmental Units for Construction of Water Pollution Abatement Projects (7/3/09)

Rules and Regulations for the Priority Determination System for Federal and State Assistance to Local Governmental Units for Construction of Water Pollution Abatement Projects (8/27/03)

Rules and Regulations Governing the Issuance of Certificates of Approval for Non-State Revolving Fund Program Loans (5/8/97)

Rules and Regulations for the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Bond Fund (4/14/14)

Rules and Regulations for the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Bond Fund (3/8/06)

Rules and Regulations for the Grant Program for the Interceptor Bond Fund of the Rhode Island Clean Water Act Environmental Trust Fund (5/24/94)
Well Drillers:

Rules and Regulations Governing the Enforcement of Chapter 46-13.2 Relating to the Drilling of Drinking Water Wells (1/4/90) Wastewater/Sludge:

Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Treatment Facilities (5/20/08)

Rules and Regulations for Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators (9/29/13)

Rules and Regulations for Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators (9/26/02)

Rules and Regulations for Sewage Sludge Management (1/4/12)

Oil Pollution Control Regulations (1/3/91)
Rules and Regulations for Water Supply Management Planning- click here to go to the State of Rhode Island Water Resources Board Website
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