All tramways in Massachusetts must be licensed and inspected by a certified inspector prior to operation. A tramway is a device used to transport riders uphill on skis, or in cars on tracks, or suspended in the air, by the use of steel cables, chains or belts or by ropes, and usually supported by trestles or towers with one or more spans. See M.G.L. c. 143, §71I. The term Tramway includes chair lifts, J bars, T bars, platter pulls, rope tows, and moveable conveyor belts.

The Recreational Tramway Board is charged with the regulation of the construction, operation and maintenance of recreational tramways as well as the inspection, licensing and certification of inspectors. The Board derives its authority from Massachusetts General Law chapter 143, sections 71H-71S and has promulgated its own regulations which are codified in title 526 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.

All license and certification applications and forms can be obtained via the link below. Prior to contacting the Board with any questions, please review the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") link below for further information. All applications, inquiries, or suggestions should be mailed to:

Department of Public Safety
Recreational Tramway Board
One Ashburton Place Room 1301
Boston, MA 02108

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