The Basics on the Hoisting Machinery Regulations ( effective November 2013 )

The Law:

You must be Licensed to Operate Hoisting Machinery that is capable of:
Raising 10+ feet or
Lifting 500+ lbs or
Holding 1/4+ yard of material.

This law is in effect at every rental center in the state of Massachusetts. If you do not have a Hoisting License, you will need to get a Temporary Operator’s Permit from the store you will be renting the equipment from. Please call us if you have any questions.

Click here to get your Temporary Operator’s Permit.
When asked for Rental Facility # use: 0175022
Please call us if you have any questions.

Frequently asked questions about the Temporary Operator’s Permit

What is Hoisting Machinery?

The Mini-Excavators, Skid Steers, & Compact Backhoes we rent at Milford 495 Rental Center are considered to be Compact Hoisting Machinery and fall into the Class 2D license ( for professionals ) and the Temporary Operator’s Permit ( for homeowners & non-professionals ).

Do I need a license to operate Hoisting Machinery on my own property?

Yes, you do. Homeowners & non-professionals will be required to get a Temporary Operator’s Permit.

What is a Temporary Operator’s Permit?

A Temporary Operator’s Permit is a non-renewable permit for homeowners and non-professionals. It is issued by a state-approved rental facility and valid only at that rental facility. Milford 495 Rental Center is a state-approved facility.

What requirements must be met to be issued a Temporary Operator’s Permit?

All persons applying for a Temporary Operator’s Permit must:
Be 18 years of age & have a valid driver’s license.
Complete the online education module for the item you are renting.
( $25.00 per module: Mini-Excavator, Skidsteer or Backhoe )
Complete the practical "hands-on" Proper & Safe Operation Training at Milford 495 Rental.
A Temporary Operator’s Permit will be issued to only those applicants who satisfactorily complete and pass these requirements.

How long is a Temporary Operator’s Permit valid for?

14 consecutive days, after that time, the permit is no longer valid. Any person receiving a Temporary Operator’s Permit may not be issued more than 1 such permit in any 45 day period.

Can I operate any type of Compact Hoisting Machinery under a Temporary Operator’s Permit?

No. Compact Hoisting Machinery operated under a Temporary Operator’s Permit shall not exceed a gross vehicle weight of 8,000 pounds. All of our Compact Hoisting Machinery is under 8,000 lbs.