Waterway and Mooring Permit Information and Application

For all boats located in or moored at a Marina or moored at Cashman or the Central Waterfront.

Waterway Permits and Mooring Tags (if moored) are required for all boats located (slipped, trailered, racked or moored) at a Marina or moored at Cashman or the Central Waterfront.  Boats new to the river in Newburyport  are required to fill out an application and provide the Harbormaster's office with a copy of their boat registration or documentation. Please note the following information to ensure proper registration with the Harbormaster:

  • Boats must properly display waterway and mooring permits as required or be subject to fines.
  • Boats will Not be issued stickers if forms are incomplete (Fill out Entire form to avoid delays).
  • Boats will Not be issued stickers if past years Excise Taxes have not been paid.
  • Waterway and Mooring Permits are based upon the footage appearing on your registration or documentation.   For all boats 17 ft or greater:  Waterway permits are $4.00 per foot and Mooring permits are $3.00 per foot.
  • Boats 16 ft and under are charged a flat rate of $20.00.
  • Boats 20 ft or greater will also be charged a clean water surcharge of $10.00.
  • Boats registered after June 30 will be charged a $25.00 late fee.  Please contact the Harbormaster before June 30th if you have concerns.
  • Dinghy Dock permits for Cashman Park and the Central Waterfront are limited and available at the Harbormaster's office for $225.00 per season.

  Please print both the Registration application and the Instructions to ensure you receive all the information.