Regulation 314 CMR 21.00: Watershed Permit Regulations

This proposed regulation would provide a watershed permitting approach to control nitrogen and other pollutants from entering the Commonwealth's embayments and estuaries.

This is an unofficial version of Commonwealth regulations and is posted here for the convenience of the public. It is not an official statement of the regulations.


Contact for 314 CMR 21.00: Watershed Permit Regulations

Septic Systems / Title 5 Contact Information

Table of Contents

Proposed Regulations

MassDEP is proposing new regulations, titled Watershed Permit Regulations, at 314 CMR 21.00 in order to reduce nitrogen loads in the Commonwealth's estuaries and embayments.

Background Document

Natural Resource Area NSA Map - November 2022

Commonly Asked Questions: English | EspañolPortuguês

Public Hearings and Public Comment Period

MassDEP will conduct three public hearings:

Public Hearing Notice: EnglishEspañol | 中文 | 中文(繁體) | Kreyòl Ayisyen | ភាសាខ្មែរ | Português | Tiếng Việt

Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2022. All comments submitted must include the name and contact information of the person providing the comments. Please submit comment by e-mail to dep.talks@mass.gov and include Title 5 & Watershed Permit in the subject line. Written comments may also be submitted by mail and should be sent to:

MassDEP, Bureau of Water Resources – Division of Watershed Management
Attention: Title 5 & Wastewater Program
One Hundred Cambridge Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Public Information Webinars

MassDEP conducted two online information webinars:

Presentation - Title 5 and Watershed Permitting Proposed Draft Regulations Overview: English | EspañolPortuguês

Proposed Regulations

Notice to Reviewers

314 CMR 21.00: Proposed Watershed Permit Regulations

Information on Funding Sources

Information on Funding Sources

See also: Proposed Amendments to 310 CMR 15.000: Septic Systems ("Title 5")

Contact for 314 CMR 21.00: Watershed Permit Regulations