Permitting and Consulting

At Highpoint our clients trust and rely on us to protect their investments and help them navigate through the regulatory challenges that exist in Massachusetts and New England.  Below you will find a comprehensive list of applicable Acts, Regulations, Laws and Policies that pertain to land development in Massachusetts.

• ADA Standards for Accessible Design, 28 CFR Part 36 revised as of July 1, 1994
• Clean Air Act, 42 USC Section 7401 et seq.
• Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 USC 1251 et seq.; Section 404 & 301
• Clean Water Act, Section 401 & 402
• Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), 16 USC 1451 et seq.
• Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 USC, Section 1251 et seq. (NPDES)
• Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 USC, Section 4001 et seq.
• Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 USC 1531 et seq.
• National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 USC 4321-4307d; 40 CFR 1500-1508
• National Historic Preservation Act, 16 USC, Section 461 et seq.
• Public Waterfront Act, Ch. 91
• Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, 33 USC 403, et seq.; Section 10
• 310 CMR 15.000: The State Environmental Code, Title 5
• 314 CMR 9.00 (Water Quality Certification)
• Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, MGL Ch 30A, Section 6 and Ch 233, Section 75 (521 CMR)
• Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, MGL Ch. 131A
• Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEP) MGL Ch. 30, Section 61 et seq. and implementing regulations at 301 CMR Section 11.00 et seq.
• Masshighway Curb Cut Permit – Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 81, Section 21 regulates the construction of curb cuts on to state highways
• Massachusetts 401 Water Quality Certification Program
• Massachusetts Fuel Gas and Plumbing Code
• Massachusetts State Building Code
• Rivers Protection Act of 1996, Ch 258
• Subdivision Control Law, MGL Ch 41 Section 81A – 81GG
• Wetlands Protection Act, MGL 131, Section 40
• The Zoning Act, MGL Ch 40A
• Waterways License (MGL. C. 91, Section 14)
• Guide for the design of Wastewater Treatment Works, TR-16, 1998 Edition
• Historic Districts (MGL. C. 40C)

There are many local, state and federal permits we assist our clients in obtaining. Below is a representative list.

Local Permits
Site Plan Approval
Chapter 40A – Variances
Chapter 40a – Special Permit
40B Applications
40R Applications
Subdivision Approval
Notice of Intent (NOI)
Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation (ANRAD)
Board of Health (State Environmental Code – Title 5)
Earth Removal Permits
Roadway Acceptance Approvals


State Permits
Expanded Environmental Notification Form (EENF)
Environmental Impact Report
Sewer Connections and Extension Permits
Industrial Wastewater Holding Tank
Massachusetts Highway Department – Direct Access Permit
Curb Cut Permit
401 Water Quality Certification issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
Chapter 91 license issued by MassDEP
Federal Consistency concurrence issued by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP), require a permit from the NHESP
Groundwater removal permit