Massachusetts Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Restriction orders for inland wetlands: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 13.01 to 13.22

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Restriction orders for coastal wetlands: 310 CMR 12.01 to 12.19

Water quality standards: 314 CMR 4.01 to 4.06

Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 131, Section 40

Public Waterfront Act, MGL Chapter 91

Inland Wetlands Restriction Act, MGL Chapter 131, Section 40A

Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program (CZM): MGL Chapter 21A, Section 4A

Wetlands protection: 310 CMR 10.01 to 10.60

Jurisdiction: 310 CMR 10.02(1)

Applicability determination: 310 CMR 10.05(3)

Notice of intent (NOI): 310 CMR 10.05(4)

Order of conditions: 310 CMR 10.05(6)

Appeals: 310 CMR 10.05(7)

Fees: 310 CMR 10.03(7)

Emergency projects: 310 CMR 10.06

Coastal wetlands permits: 310 CMR 10.21 to 10.37

Inland wetlands permits: 310 CMR 10.51 to 10.60

Cranberry bog renovation: 310 CMR 23.01 to 23.09

Waterways program: 310 CMR 9.01 to 9.55

Jurisdictional areas: 310 CMR 9.04

Regulated activities: 310 CMR 9.05

Determinations of applicability: 310 CMR 9.06

Permit requirements: 310 CMR 9.11

Compliance certification: 310 CMR 9.19

Fees: 310 CMR 9.16

Water quality certification: 314 CMR 9.01 to 9.13

Activities not requiring a permit: 314 CMR 9.03

Application: 314 CMR 9.05

CZM Program: 301 CMR 20.01 to 20.99

Corps General Permit: 33 USC 1344

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Resource Protection

Local Conservation Commissions (Contact the local conservation commission through your city or town hall.)

CZM Office

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) New England District Office New York District Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

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