In accordance with town by-law 12.32 sec 4-9 any boat habitually moored in Winthrop must display an up to date Winthrop Waterways and Excise Sticker on the boat and a Mooring Permit sticker on the mooring ball (if using a mooring). Stickers are issued by the Town Tax Collector's Office after payment of all fees.
To lawfully moor/ dock your boat in Winthrop you must:
- Ensure your Boat is Properly Registered/ Documented: All vessels with motor propulsion of any kind must be registered with the Mass. Environmental Police or officially documented with the Coast Guard. In accordance with state law, boats with out-of-state registrations may remain in MA waters for up to 60 consecutive days before having to register in MA.
- Pay Your Boat Excise Tax: Boat excise tax is determined by the Town Assesor's Office and paid at the Tax Collector's Office at town hall. If you have already paid excise tax on your boat in another Massachusetts city/ town you do not need to pay again. Bring proof of payment with you.
- Pay the Waterways Fee: Residents pay $200, Non-Residents pay $250. Fees are paid at the Town Tax Collector's Office at Town Hall.
- Apply Stickers to Boat and Mooring: After payment of the above fees, the Tax Collector's Office will issue you your Excise, Waterways, and Mooring Permit Stickers which will need to be applied to your boat and mooring. If you are not using a mooring you do not need to apply the mooring sticker. Placement of the stickers is important (click here for instructions on placing stickers). Stickers must be on the boat by May 1st each year.
Returning Boaters: The Tax Collector's Office makes every effort to send out renewal forms and bills for the new season. However it is your responsibility to make sure all fees are paid and that town stickers are on the boat by May 1st of the new season. If you were waiting for renewal forms but have not received them you must contact the Tax Collector's Office at (617) 846-1750.
Violations: Boats observed not displaying town stickers that are habitually moored or docked in the Town of Winthrop are subject to a $75 fine, per violation, per day by the Harbormaster Department.