Right of Way Manual

The Right of Way Manual details the policies and procedures followed by the MassDOT Right of Way Bureau.

The purpose of the MassDOT Right of Way Manual is to lay out uniform procedures and guidance for carrying out the duties of the MassDOT Right of Way Bureau. The document is prepared by Right of Way Bureau staff for administrative use and does not establish a legal standard for these functions. 

Maintenance of the manual implements 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 710.201(c) which in part mandates each state department "which receives funding from the highway trust fund shall maintain a manual describing its right-of-way organization, policies, and procedures."

Topics Covered

The topics covered in the manual are as follows:

  • Chapter 1  Authority & Organization
  • Chapter 2  Definitions and Acronyms
  • Chapter 3  Projects Section
  • Chapter 4  Appraisals Section
  • Chapter 5  Legal Section
  • Chapter 6  Conveyance Section
  • Chapter 7  Layout Section
  • Chapter 8  Finance and Clerical Section
  • Chapter 9  Relocation
  • Chapter 10  Property Management
  • Chapter 11  Community Compliance (LPA) Section
  • Chapter 12  Outdoor Advertising Section
  • Chapter 13  Negotiations Section
  • Chapter 14  Right of way Engineering Section
  • Chapter 15  Federal Highway Administration


Additional Resources

Contact for Right of Way Manual


Note: If you are looking for the MBTA ROW Training program. please contact the Subway Training School at 617-222-5377 or MBTAROW@mbta.com. Email MassDOT Right of Way Bureau at MBTAROW@mbta.com


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