The Massachusetts Waterways Regulations establish procedures, criteria, and standards for uniform and coordinated administration of the provisions of MGL c. 91, the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act - the oldest such program in the United States. Chapter 91 and 310 CMR 9.00 preserve and protect the rights of the public to have access to tidelands and waterways of the Commonwealth, and regulate activities on both coastal and inland waterways.

310 CMR 9.00: Waterways Regulations  pdf format of 310 CMR 9.00: Waterways Regulations

These regulations were last amended in May 2014.

310 CMR 9.00 Email for questions: DEP.Waterways@state.ma.us

310 CMR 9.00: Proposed Amendments & Public Comment

  • Draft Small Dock and Pier General License

    Draft Small Dock and Pier General License for Coastal Structures  pdf format of Draft Small Dock and Pier General License

    Draft Small Dock and Pier General License for Inland Structures  pdf format of Draft General License for Inland Structures

    Notice of Appeal Rights - Small Dock and Pier General License  pdf format of Notice of Appeal Rights - General License

    M.G.L Chapter 91 S. 18C, enacted in 2011, authorized MassDEP to create a General License for non-commercial, water-dependent, small scale docks, piers and similar structures. The May 2014 revisions to the Waterways regulation created eligibility criteria, general performance standards, and procedures for certification and renewal. The new certification process streamlines state review and eliminates Governor signature of individual licenses. 

    The General License is divided into two separate licenses for Coastal and Inland Structures. These two licenses will be issued once the twenty-one (21) day appeal period ends and upon signature of the Governor. The licenses will then be recorded at all of the Registries in the Commonwealth, and the Department's Certification of an applicant's eligibility shall also be recorded against the title of the property on which the authorized structure is located.

310 CMR 9.00: Recently Promulgated Amendments

  • There have been no recent amendments to these regulations.

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Chapter 91 Guides

Chapter 91 Forms

  • BRP WW 04 - Request for Determination of Applicability

    This determination is intended to answer with certainty whether a Waterways license or other authorization is required. For Wetlands Protection Act jurisdiction, use WPA Form 1. Revised September 2006.

  • BRP WW 01, 03, 14, 15, 16, 17 - Chapter 91 Waterways License

    Chapter 91 licenses are required for most water-dependent and non-water-dependent projects, including small residential docks, piers, municipal harbor plans, dredging, and more. Revised June 2006.

  • BRP WW 06, 12 - Chapter 91 Simplified License & License Renewal

    A project licensed under MGL Chapter 91, the Public Waterfront Act, using the simplified license option has a limited term of generally 10-15 years. For the authorization to continue, the Licensee, or his/her successor, must request the simplified license be renewed. Revised September 2006.

  • BRP WW 05 - Certificate of Compliance

    A Certificate of Compliance confirming that a project licensed under MGL Chapter 91, the Public Waterfront Act, has been completed according to the plans, specifications and conditions of that license. Revised July 2007.

  • BRP WW 26: Combined Licenses/Permits for Waterways & Water Quality Certification  doc format of BRP WW 26: Combined Waterways-WQC Permit Application
pdf format of                             BRP WW 26: Combined Waterways-WQC Permit Application

    This form reflects regulatory amendments to 310 CMR 9.00 and 314 CMR 9.00 for combined review and permitting of projects subject to certain dredging, excavation and fill activities under Chapter 91 and the 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations. This is an application for a combined permit from MassDEP only. For questions please contact Ken Chin (617-292-5893 or Ken.Chin@state.ma.us). Revised January 2016.

BRP WW 26: Combined Licenses/Permits for Waterways & Water Quality Certification  doc format of BRP WW 26: Combined Waterways-WQC Permit Application
pdf format of                             BRP WW 26: Combined Waterways-WQC Permit Application

This form reflects regulatory amendments to 310 CMR 9.00 and 314 CMR 9.00 for combined review and permitting of projects subject to certain dredging, excavation and fill activities under Chapter 91 and the 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations. This is an application for a combined permit from MassDEP only. For questions please contact Ken Chin (617-292-5893 or Ken.Chin@state.ma.us). Revised January 2016.

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