Apply for a research permit

If you plan on using DCR lands for research, you must apply for a permit

DCR Office of Natural Resources

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What you need for Apply for a research permit

  • Complete and submit a the Research Application:  Please attach additional pages, including maps of proposed study areas and all agency letters or permit applications, including any from MHC, Conservation Commission, and NHESP.


  • Certificate of Liability Insurance:   It is requested that you secure a Certificate of Liability Insurance with a minimum amount of 1 million dollars for your site work. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Conservation and Recreation listing the above address, must be named as additional insured for the dates of your field research. Please submit your Certificate of Liability Insurance form to the DCR Ecology Program as soon as possible and before your field work. If this is a hardship, please discuss this issue with the Ecology Program Director.


How to apply Apply for a research permit

Send completed application, at least 30 days prior to proposed starting date, to:

ATTN: Research Permitting

Office of Natural Resources

Department of Conservation & Recreation

251 Causeway St., Suite 600

Boston MA, 02144

Next steps for Apply for a research permit


Final approval or rejection will be made by DCR staff and may require a site visit.

More info for Apply for a research permit

DCR’s Bureau of Planning, Design & Resource Protection issues research permits to educational institutions and others who propose appropriate studies on DCR properties. A research proposal, progress reports, a site visit, indemnification of DCR, and applicable insurance coverage may be required.

A research project may also require review, approval, or permitting from other local and state agencies, such as: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife; Massachusetts Historical Commission; or the local Conservation Commission, depending on the location and scope of the project.

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