Wetlands Protection Act & Maynard Wetlands Bylaw

Massachusetts (State) Wetlands Protection Act

The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act requires Commission review of (and permit for) any activity proposed within 100 feet of a wetland or within 200 feet of a river.

If you are near a wetland … ask before acting!

Related Activities

Examples of activities include:

  • Dumping
  • Cutting
  • Grading
  • Digging
  • Anything that changes soil, plants, water flow


Examples of wetlands:

  • Waterbody
    • River
    • Stream
    • Creek
    • Pond
    • Lake
    • Bank
    • Beach
    • Flat
  • Land subject to flooding
    • Floodplain 
    • Regularly flooded area
  • Bordering vegetated wetland 
    • Marsh
    • Swamp
    • Bog
    • Wet meadow
  • Riverfront zone - a riverfront is defined as "anywhere with 200 feet of a perennial stream

Maynard Wetlands Bylaw

  • Has a more stringent definition of an Isolated Land Subject to Flooding
  • Institutes a 50-Foot No Build Zone
  • States that vernal pools need not be certified to be protected
  • Institutes a new application fee structure