Bylaws, Regulations & Policies

  • Conservation Commission Policies (PDF)
  • Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act
    This is the Massachusetts state law, Chapter 131 Section 40 that was adopted in 1972 for the protection of wetlands.
  • Massachusetts Wetlands Regulations
    The Wetlands Protection Act Regulations, 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 10, provide detailed guidance on the administration of the law.
  • Rules and Regulations for Conservation Areas (PDF)
  • Stormwater Bylaw (formerly known as the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Bylaw) (PDF)  The Stormwater Bylaw was adopted in 2006 for the purpose of protecting surface and groundwater and to prevent contamination of drinking water supplies, impairment of water quality in wetlands, alteration of wildlife habitat, flooding, erosion of stream channels, and overloading of the municipal storm drain system. Town Meeting approved the updated bylaw on September 28, 2022.
  • Wetlands Bylaw (PDF)
    In 2012, the Town of Burlington Conservation Commission updated Burlington Bylaw Article XIV Section 1.0, also known as the Wetlands Bylaw. Town Meeting approved the updated bylaw on May 20, 2013.
  • Wetlands Bylaw Regulations (PDF)
    The Wetlands Bylaw Regulations, written to support the Wetlands Bylaw, detail the administration of the Wetlands Bylaw, including fee structures and application procedures. The regulations also help to clarify jurisdictional areas through definitions and maps. Performance standards and design guidelines are included and help project proponents in planning work near wetland resource areas.