Now Offering Temporary Hoisting Licenses!

Want to rent a skid steer for a back yard project but don’t have the necessary hoisting license? No Problem!

The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety is now offering temporary hoisting licenses for individuals interested in renting hoisting equipment! For a small fee and peace of mind, you can now safely and effectively operate heavy equipment.

What equipment does an operator need to carry a hoisting license in order to operate? Any Hoisting Machinery that has the minimum capability of hoisting the load higher than 10 feet or that has the capability of lifting loads greater than 500 pounds or if the capacity of the bucket exceeds 1/4 cubic yard capacity. (Basically all Mini Skid Steers, Skid Steers, Excavators, Backhoes etc.)

What type of equipment will a “Temporary Hoisting License” allow me to operate? A Temporary permit allows the operator to operate hoisting equipment not exceeding a gross weight of 8,000 lbs. This license costs $20 and is valid for 14 consecutive days. No more than one permit is allowed in a 45 day span.

Are there any exemptions to the Hoisting License Laws?  Yes. The State of MA provides an exemption for Hoisting Machinery used exclusively for agricultural purposes.


When you are ready to tackle your backyard project, follow the instructions at the website listed below and enter in the Rental Facility ID Number for our rental store to rent our equipment!

Plymouth Store Rental Facility ID Number: 0237368

Abington Store Rental Facility ID Number: 0234624


In four easy steps, you will be on your way to obtaining a temporary hoisting license!

1) Read and Understand the Laws and Regulations

2) Call DIG SAFE (1-800-dig-safe) and watch a short safety video

3) Select the equipment you wish to rent (Backhoe, Skid Steer, Excavator) and follow the “How To” instructions

4) Take the short test (you can’t fail!)