Harbormaster Division

2022 Online Permit Renewal Program

The 2022 Mooring Permit and Waitlist Renewals were sent via email on October 27th. The permit renewals without a valid email address on file were mailed out on October 29th. Renewals are due by December 31, 2021. All renewals must be received or postmarked by January 31, 2022, or they will not be accepted. Existing customers may  request a new online link at https://chathamma.mooringinfo.com/ndr/menu.php

If you have any questions or need assistance with your renewal, please contact the Harbormaster office @ (508) 945-5185 or chathamharbormasterstaff@chatham-ma.gov Thank you.

Mission Statement


The Harbormaster’s Department directs, coordinates, and is responsible for all navigation on the waterways of the town of Chatham and other areas as required or deemed necessary. The department ensures that all waterways and town owned waterfront facilities are used in a safe, environmentally friendly and lawful manner. It is the lead agency of the Town for maritime enforcement and public safety for the waterways of the Town of Chatham, and provides navigational assistance to the users of Chatham waterways and harbors. This is accomplished through applicable legal authority and public education.

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Major Functions

Major functions include the following:

  • Aids to Navigation: The department installs and maintains all town-owned Aids to Navigation, and ensures that they are properly licensed by U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Municipal Fish Pier: Operates and maintains the municipal off-loading fish pier at Aunt Lydia's Cove.
  • Assisting Mariners: Responds to mariners in need of assistance and provides assistance to other Town Department and the U.S. Coast Guard in responding vessels and people in distress, search and rescue, and other marine related incidents.
  • Pollution Prevention and Response: Responds to all pollution incidents occurring on the waters of Chatham as appropriate; operates and maintains all town owned marine pump-out facilities.
  • Enforcement: Enforces provisions of Chatham waterways bylaws, and Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) pertaining to harbors, docks, piers, wharfs and waterways, specifically Chapters 90B, 91, 102, 266 and other appropriate state Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMRs).
  • Mooring Permitting and Oversight: Issues and reviews mooring permits each year and enforces all mooring regulations.
  • Mitchell River Bridge: Operates and maintains the Mitchell River drawbridge.
  • Town Landings: Assists with the operation and maintenance of all town landings and waterfront dependant town-owned properties.
  • Lighthouse/South Beach: Provide water and landside lifeguard coverage for these beaches.