Below is information about Inter-Municipal Agreements and other useful references related to the consolidation of government services or functions between and among municipalities and other governmental units.


DLS Can Help. The DLS Technical Assistance Section is available to assist communities which have begun discussion on the consolidation of services. We can help sort out issues, conduct financial impact analyses and review the technical content of draft inter-municipal agreements.


To learn more or request assistance, contact Rick Kingsley, Bureau Chief.

Massachusetts Regionalization Statutes

List of Enabling Statutes with Summary Information pdf format of enabling_statutes.pdf

Analysis of Selected Statutes

Education - Regional School Districts pdf format of regionaldistricts.pdf

Education - Superintendency Unions pdf format of superintendencyunions.pdf

Public Safety - Fire Districts pdf format of firedistricts.pdf

Public Safety - Police Districts pdf format of policedistricts.pdf

Public Safety - Regional Dispatch/Public Safety Answering Points pdf format of regionaldispatch.pdf

Public Works - Joint Recycling Program pdf format of pw_jointrecycle.pdf

Public Works - Purchase of Sewer Services pdf format of pw_sewer.pdf

Public Works - Regional Refuse Disposal District pdf format of pw_regrefuse.pdf

Public Works - Regional Water & Sewer Commissions pdf format of pw_regwands.pdf

Regional Health Districts pdf format of regionalhealthdist.pdf

Regional Housing Authority pdf format of reghousing.pdf

Transportation - Regional Transit Authorities pdf format of regionaltransitauth.pdf



Inter-Municipal Agreements

General Description pdf format of intermunicipalagreements.pdf

                Drafting Checklist pdf format of ima_checklist.pdf

Other Information Sources

Regionalization - A Guide for Sharing Public Services in Massachusetts
OPEB and Regionalization pdf format of OPEB and Regionalization


DLS Regionalization Related Reports

       Lancaster Conservation Agent pdf format of LancasterConservation.pdf

      Ashby-Townsend Police Consolidation Study pdf format of AshbyTownsendRegMAP.pdf

       Andover Town-School Finance Department Consolidation pdf format of Andover Town and School Finance Review, May 2010

       Hamilton-Wenham Enhanced Regionalization and Merger Analysis pdf format of Hamilton Wenham Regionalization Merger Analysis
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