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The General License Certification provides a simplified process for owners of small docks and piers to license them.
If you own:
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
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.
For the General License Certification:
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:
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
PO Box 4062
Boston, MA 02211
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.
Download this form to your computer and fill it out.
Applicants must obtain a Transmittal Number; however, this certification does not require the submittal of a Transmittal Form.
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:
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:
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.
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.