Boating Laws/ Regulations

Laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to boating in Massachusetts can be found in the Mass General Laws, C.M.R.'s, local city/ town ordinances, and the Federal Boating Laws/ United States Code. Below are links to most boating laws in Massachusetts, Town of Winthrop waterways ordinances, and Federal boating regulations.

Links to Boating Laws:

Enforcement: In accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 90B sec 12, boating laws in Massachusetts are enforced by the Environmental Police, State Police, Harbormasters, Fish and Game Wardens, and Municipal Police Officers assigned to marine patrol. Harbormasters and Municipal Police Officers assigned to marine patrol may enforce both state and town boating laws. The Coast Guard enforces federal regulations on federally controlled waterways.