Regulation

An official regulation written and published by a government agency. More formal than an Advisory, directive, or other memorandum, regulations are or will become Massachusetts law.

Summary

A Regulation is a formal, official law or set of laws from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You may choose to publish draft, working draft, and proposed Regulations in addition to finalized Regulations.

Overview tab

Regulation Status

An optional dropdown field used to indicate if your Regulation is proposed, draft, or working draft, or if it has a future effective date.

Agency CMR number

The “Code of Massachusetts Regulation” number, representing the Commonwealth organization that is issuing the Regulation. The agency CMR number will automatically be displayed before the regulation title.

CMR Chapter number

The chapter the Regulation can be found in. The CMR chapter number will automatically be displayed between the agency CMR number and the regulation title.

Regulation title

The official name of the Regulation. Often, the regulation title will be finalized by the time it is ready to be published on Mass.gov. If your Regulation has a generic title, you may want to search the All Content tab to see if there have been any other Regulations published with the same title. The agency CMR number, the CMR chapter number, and the regulation title will all be used to catalog your regulation in the All Content tab and in your page’s URL.

The Agency CMR number, the CMR Chapter number, and the regulation title will all be displayed as part of your page's title.

Last updated

When the Regulation was last edited. This is particularly useful to keep track of proposed and working draft Regulations.

Organization

This optional field links to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts agency responsible for the Regulation. This information will be displayed directly below the regulation title. You may choose to link to a page on Mass.gov using the autocomplete field, or enter a link to an external page. External links must begin with “http://” or “https://”. Only one organization may be entered.

This field is separate from the organization field further down on the overview tab found on all Mass.gov content types, which determines the “Offered by” relationship indicator and which organization the page will be categorized under in the CMS backend.

Regulatory authority

This required field links to the specific law that gives the organization the authority to create the Regulation. This information will be displayed directly below the regulation title. You may choose to link to a page on Mass.gov using the autocomplete field, or enter a link to an external page. External links must begin with “http://” or “https://”.

Official version

This required field links to where the full text of the official law can be found. A link to the Massachusetts Register is automatically listed by default if you are creating a new Regulation.

The issuing organization, regulatory authority, and official version link will be displayed below your page title.

Listing description

An optional description that will be displayed in Mass.gov search and if the Regulation is included in any Curated Lists. Content entered into this field will not be displayed anywhere on the Regulation page.

Short description

An optional rich text field that can contain formatted text, hyperlinks, and images that precedes the text of the Regulation.

By default, the short description of a new Regulation page will read: “This is an unofficial version of Commonwealth regulations and is posted here for the convenience of the public. It is not an official statement of the regulations.”

Label(s)

Optional: Choose an existing label or create a new 1 so that your Regulation can become part of an automatic list within a Curated List.

Be sure to create specific labels. The label field is shared across the whole site, so your label should be unique and identifiable to prevent overlap with others.

Organization(s)

The organization or organizations that are responsible for publishing and maintaining the page on Mass.gov. This field will determine the links in the “Offered by” relationship indicator at the top of the page, as well as which organization the page is categorized under in the CMS backend.

This field is separate from the organization field above that sets the “Organization” link under the Regulation title.

Intended audience

Choose the audience this content is intended for. This information will help measure how well these audiences are being served and won't be displayed on the public-facing site. This is currently only for internal use.

Content tab

Section

If you are listing the full text of the Regulation, you can enter the content into separate sections. Each separate section requires a section title, which will automatically be listed in a clickable table of contents under the short description, and a body, which is a rich text field that can contain any combination of formatted text, links, and images. You can change the order of sections by clicking and dragging or by using row weights.

Download

Offer a link to a document of the full Regulation. You can add a new document or link to one that has already been uploaded to the CMS.

Related tab

Contact

Include contact information if this information needs to be displayed on the page. You can choose from an existing Contact Information item or create a new one.

Add links to pages on Mass.gov or external links. These links display on the right side of the page in a desktop view and at the bottom on mobile devices.