Guidance Chapter 91 Waterways Submissions During MassDEP Office Closures

Date: 03/28/2020
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Referenced Sources: Waterways Program (Chapter 91)

Contact for Chapter 91 Waterways Submissions During MassDEP Office Closures

MassDEP Waterways Program

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Guidance for Chapter 91 Waterways Submissions

Consistent with the Baker-Polito Administration’s Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 emergency, MassDEP offices are physically closed until further notice, however the Waterways Program remains “open for business”. Staff are working remotely to review and process License and Permit Applications, Requests for Minor Modifications, and to respond to inquiries and requests from public and private entities.

With restricted access to MassDEP offices, receiving materials via hand delivery is not an option and incoming mail will be processed as expediently as possible. To facilitate timely receipt of materials and review within regulatory timeframes during this period, all applicants, stakeholders and other participants or interested parties are requested to submit ALL APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS using electronic means if possible - in addition to original paper copies addressed in the normal manner.

Please direct electronic submittals to the following email addresses to ensure timely receipt and assignment to the appropriate reviewer.

Northeast Region

Central Region

Southeast Region

Western Region and

The Department is presently developing procedures for convening Public Hearings virtually using teleconference technology. Program staff will confer with applicants on a case-by-case basis.

As always, for general questions the Waterways Program, please email us at We appreciate your cooperation during these difficult times. For further information on the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response, please visit

Contact for Chapter 91 Waterways Submissions During MassDEP Office Closures

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