All recreational tramways in Massachusetts must be licensed and inspected by certified inspectors prior to operation. A tramway is a device used to transport riders uphill on skis, or in cars on tracks, or suspended in the air, by the use of steel cables, chains or belts or by ropes, and is usually supported by trestles or towers with one or more spans. (See M.G.L. c. 143, §71I.) The term Recreational Tramway includes chair lifts, J bars, T bars, platter pulls, rope tows, and movable conveyor belts.
The Recreational Tramway Board is charged with regulating the construction, operation and maintenance of tramways as well as the inspection, licensing and certification of inspectors. The Board derives its authority from Massachusetts General Law chapter 143, sections 71H-71S and has promulgated regulations codified in 526 CMR (Code of Massachusetts Regulations) 10.00.