Trench Regulations

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The State of Massachusetts has promulgated a new law (Chapter 82A., “Jackie’s Law”) and regulations (520 CMR 14.00) in order to protect the public from unsafe excavations.

A permit is required for any trench, whether it is in a public way, or on private property. This regulations applies to contractors as well as homeowners. Click here to download a Trench Permit application.

As voted by the Board of Selectmen on December 16, 2008, applications will be made to the Town Engineer’s Office.

The permit fee is $75.00. However, if a Street Opening Permit is also being applied for by the same entity, there will be no additional charge for the Trench Permit

Should you require further information, please contact the Engineering Department at 508-660-7211.