WW 24: General License Certification

This certification provides owners of small docks and piers with a simplified process for licensing these structures.

MassDEP Waterways Program

The Details of WW 24: General License Certification

What you need for WW 24: General License Certification

The General License Certification provides a simplified process for owners of small docks and piers to license them.

If you own:

  • a proposed structure
  • a previously-unauthorized structure
  • or a previously-licensed structure up for renewal

And if your structure is eligible under the Chapter 91 regulations, you may need to apply for a General License Certification.

See also: Fact Sheet: WW 24 General License Certification

Fees for WW 24: General License Certification

For all General License Certifications, the fee is $75.00. In addition to the fee, Chapter 91 licenses are subject to Tidewater Displacement fees and Commonwealth Tidelands Occupation fees for coastal structures, and Commonwealth Occupation fees for some inland structures. Applicants can use MassDEP's fee calculators for Inland or Coastal Structures:

Inland Fee Calculator 

Coastal Fee Calculator

If you cannot use these calculators, contact Waterways staff for assistance. 

Name Fee Unit
Processing Fee $75 per structure

How to apply WW 24: General License Certification

For the General License Certification

Send:

  • a copy of the completed General License Certification
  • a copy of your calculations from the Inland or Coastal Fee Calculator
  • a COPY of your check or money order 

to: 

MassDEP Waterways Regulation Program
One Winter Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02108

Do not send checks or money orders to this address.

For the Fees

Send:

  • a copy of your fee calculations
  • a copy of the completed General License Certification Form
  • a check or money order for the total fees, payable to "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts" 

to:

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
PO Box 4062
Boston, MA 02211

Next steps for WW 24: General License Certification

  1. Review the Instructions

    Read these instructions for details on eligibility, where to find deed information, how to calculate fees, and how to submit your application.

    Use the fee calculators to determine the total amount of your fees.

  2. Complete the General License Certification Application

    Download this form to your computer and fill it out.

  3. Obtain a MassDEP Transmittal Number

    Applicants must obtain a Transmittal Number; however, this certification does not require the submittal of a Transmittal Form.

  4. Submit Your Application and Fee Payment

    Send a copy of the completed General License Certification, along with one copy from the Inland or Coastal Fee Calculator, and a COPY of your check to: 

    MassDEP Waterways Regulation Program
    One Winter Street, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02108

    Do not send checks to this address.

    To submit the fees,send a copy of your fee calculations, a copy of the completed General License Certification Form, and the appropriate fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts", to this address:

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
    PO Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211

  5. Record your Certification at the Registry of Deeds

    The General License Certification for your property must be recorded at the appropriate Registry of Deeds. Each Registry of Deeds has a General License already on file. Some Registries will have both Coastal and Inland General Licenses. 

More info about WW 24: General License Certification

If you have a small inland residential dock pier, or similar water-dependent structure that is not on the Great Pond list you do not need a Chapter 91 License. Other small residential water-dependent structures may be eligible for a Chapter 91 General License. See the list of Great Ponds provided here.

Downloads for WW 24: General License Certification

Contact for WW 24: General License Certification

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