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.

Frequently Asked Questions: English | EspañolPortuguês

Background Document

MassDEP Nitrogen Sensitive Area Online Viewer with Address Lookup

Natural Resource Area NSA Map - April 2023

Title 5 Advisory Committee Virtual Public Meeting

The Title 5 Advisory Committee conducted a virtual public meeting on Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. Recording available here: Title 5 Advisory Committee Meeting - YouTube
Notice and Agenda | Advisory Committee Member List | Meeting Presentation

Public Hearings and Public Comment Period

MassDEP conducted five public hearings in 2022 and 2023:

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

REVISED Public Notice with extension of written comment period: English | Español | 中文 | 中文(繁體) | Kreyòl Ayisyen | ភាសាខ្មែរ | Português | Tiếng Việt

Written comments will now be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 30, 2023. Please note that this is an extension upon the previous deadline of 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 & Watershed Permit
100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Public Information Webinars

MassDEP conducted four public information sessions in 2022 and 2023:


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

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