Title 5 itself
310 CMR 15 State Environmental Code, Title 5
Septic Systems and Title 5, Mass. Department of Environmental Protection
Best source for all things Title 5 from the people who regulate it. Includes FAQ, forms, guidance and policies, regulations, and more
MGL c. 21A, § 13
State Environmental Code; adoption; preparation of sewage disposal systems; enforcement of Code
MGL c. 21A, § 13A
System inspectors of on-site sewage disposal systems; penalty
MGL c. 111, § 31E
Individual sewage disposal systems; action on applications
MGL c. 111, § 127B 1/2
Installation of septic system; petition; agreement to provide services; costs
Additional Massachusetts regulations
Title 5 Septic System Forms, Department of Environmental Protection
Selected case law
Tortorella v. Board of Health of Bourne , 39 Mass. App. Ct. 277 (1995)
Court stated that it was a "paramount obligation [of the Board of Health] to protect the environment." This demonstrates that Title 5 is considered part of the state's environmental code as well as its public health law
Vanderwiel v. Jones , 1996 Mass.App.Div. 184 (1996)
"Real estate broker violated MGLA c.93A when she mistakenly believed that the house she was selling had no sewage problems and had a Title V system and negligently convinced the buyer not to have a septic system inspection."
Buying or selling property with a septic system, Dept. of Environmental Protection
If you are buying or selling property with a septic system installed, an inspection of the system may be part of the process. Certain types of ownership changes have different requirements. Learn what your requirements and rights are.
Massachusetts Title 5 septic rules, by Rich Vetstein, 2013.
Includes helpful information on getting an inspection, what is a conditional pass, what happens if your system fails, fees, certification, costs, and time required to install a new system.
Title 5/Septic systems: financial assistance opportunities for system owners, Dept. of Environmental Protection
These programs may help septic-system owners with failing systems.
View residential property tax credits, Dept. of Revenue
See section "Repair or replacement of failed cesspool or septic system credit (Title V)"
Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners, 9th ed., by Alexandra D. Dawson, Sally A. Zielinski, 2006, sec. 16.4.1
MAHB Legal Handbook for Boards of Health, MAHB, 1995. chapter 4
The Rivers Bill, Title 5 & More. MCLE, 1996
Title 5 Land Use Controls Revisited. MCLE, 1995
Title 5: New Solutions to Tough Problems. Mass. Bar Association, 1996
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