Mooring Fees & Documents

Mooring Fees

Application (To Wait List)$  15.00
Wait List Annual Renewal$  10.00
Permit Boat Change$  15.00


Mooring Documents

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Why The Wait Lists?

There is a Town-wide moratorium on the number of boats we allow moored in our waters, whether by anchor or dock, and that is further broken down to a moratorium by individual bays, coves, harbors & areas.  Just because you see "open water" does not mean that a boat can be placed there. Our waters are considered "multi-use" areas; so in addition to boating and maintaining safe navigation, we consider public access, hunting, fishing, shellfishing, swimming, scenic "open space", and just about anything else you can use the waterfront for.  All waters in Massachusetts are considered "Waters of the Commonwealth", with all residents of the Commonwealth having the same privileges to use those waters.  So, as far as issuing mooring permits goes, just because you may be a Town resident and/or own a home on the water, you do not have any more of a priority over any other Commonwealth resident.

For those who are planning to apply to the Wait List, be aware that it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to tell you when your name may come to the top of the List, or which Wait List Areas are more likely to move faster than others, so please don't ask.  Generally speaking, most areas have at least a 3-5 year wait.  If an area has seen very little movement over the years or is essentially a "stagnant" List, you can tell by seeing how long the oldest applications have been on the List.  When applying for any area, please keep in mind public access points and how you will get to your boat.  You should also be aware that having a mooring does not automatically give you the right to leave a dinghy in the water or on the shoreline; so you will still have to consider how you will get out to your mooring.    

For those on the Wait List, you need to submit an annual Wait List Renewal Application and pay a fee to maintain your position on the List.  Failure to do so will result in your name being removed from the List, and you will have to start the process over; so it's something you need to pay attention to from year to year.  Eventually, we will contact you when there is an available spot in the area that you applied for that is sufficient for your boat and your name comes up to the top of the List.  Our online Wait List (see above), which gets updated about once a month, is the best way to determine where you are on the List.  Calling or coming by does not change what's shown on the web site, as that is what we're going by when we talk with you.  Also, be aware that cancellations and new mooring approvals usually do not happen until about mid-year, due to the processes involved.  Please be patient, your turn will come....