Statute, process and application of Chapter 40 Section 54A

Permits for construction on Railroad Rights-of-way

Cities, towns, and individuals must have a local building permit to build on former railroad company land. To issue the permit, or a determination of inapplicability, the applicant must submit the following:

  • a completed application
  • the required attachments referenced in the application

The process usually takes about 10-14 weeks.

40 §54A Application and Application Guidance

MassDOT will hold public hearings as a vital component of the M.G.L. c. 40, Section 54A review process, whenever they are deemed essential to serving the public interest. The responsibility of demonstrating the essential nature of a hearing to the public interest lies with the municipality, which is the party requesting the Secretary's consent for the issuance of a building permit.

Please utilize the 40 §54A Statement of Procedure Application and Application Guidance documents provided in the links below.

Additional Resources

Contact for Statute, process and application of Chapter 40 Section 54A


Meredith Slesinger - Rail & Transit Administrator
10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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