Request an emergency authorization

The MESA includes provisions for emergency projects that present a current threat to the health and safety of the citizens of Massachusetts.

Regulatory Review Contact Information

The Details   of Request an emergency authorization

What you need   for Request an emergency authorization

  • Specify why the project is necessary for the protection and health of the citizens of Massachusetts;
  • Specify what agency of the Federal Government, the Commonwealth or political subdivision thereof is to perform the project or activity, or has ordered the Project or Activity to be performed;
  • A description (and plans, if available) shall be provided that specifies the work associated with the emergency;
  • Provide proof of land-owner permission to conduct the project or activity;
  • Provide a time-line for the proposed start and duration of work.

How to request   Request an emergency authorization

Email the above information to

Mail the information to the Regulatory Review department (see address below).

Next steps   for Request an emergency authorization

Review of information

If a project qualifies as an Emergency pursuant to the MESA, then NHESP will issue an “Emergency Authorization” with any conditions, restoration activities, or reporting specified. 

In emergencies that require immediate response in order to protect the health or safety of the public and the responding person is unable to contact the Division prior to responding, the Division shall be notified as soon as possible and any additional work shall require approval of the Director. Any Person that initiates an emergency response without prior approval shall file a written report within 30 days with the Director detailing the work that was performed and a description of any restoration that may be necessary to restore the site of the Project or Activity.

Contact   for Request an emergency authorization

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