All vessels docked or moored in Hingham's Waterways are required to display a valid and current mooring permit issued annually for the calendar year by the Harbormaster. The permitting of moorings are regulated by the Mooring Regulations which govern both the permitting process and mooring gear specifications.
The Harbormaster issues the following types of permits. Most permits are obtained by joining a wait list. Wait lists are joined by submitting a wait list application. All applications must be submitted online at the Town of Hingham's Online Mooring website.
Use Online Mooring to Apply & Pay for your Mooring Permit or Join a Waitlist
Boat Mooring Permit
The Harbormaster issues Boat Mooring Permits for boaters who desire to moor their vessel in either the Inner Harbor Mooring Basin (adjacent to 3A rotary), the Outer Harbor Mooring Fields A through D (adjacent to Crow Point and south between Langlee, Sara and Ragged Island), Hewitt's Cove Mooring Field (adjacent to the Hingham Shipyard) or the Back River Mooring Field (along the Hingham shore near the 3A bridge to Weymouth). All mooring assignments begin with a wait list application.
When selecting a desired mooring location it is important to know the following information:
Inner Harbor: Available to anyone due to public access at Town Pier. Vessel Max Length is 30'
Outer Harbor: Available only to members of the Hingham Yacht Club due to lack of public access
Hewitt's Cove: Available to anyone, however once assigned a location, you must contract through the Hingham Shipyard Marina for Access
Back River: Available only to South Shore Yacht Club members due to lack of public access
World's End: Available to anyone, accessible by boat only (destination location for day trips or overnight trips)
Residential Mooring Permit
The Harbormaster issues Residential Mooring Permits to those boaters who would like to obtain a permit for a single-point mooring location that is not included in an engineered mooring field. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis. Most applicants for this permit have waterfront property and/or must be able to reasonably access the mooring location from their residence. All residential mooring assignments begin with a wait list application.
Boat Docking Permit
The Harbormaster issues Boat Docking Permits to those boaters who have contracted for a slip at a marina located in Hingham including Bare Cove Marina, Hingham Harbor Marina and Hingham Shipyard Marina. All boats docked in a slip must display a current and valid Boat Docking permit. A wait list application is not required to obtain a Boat Docking Permit; however, the marina must confirm that you have a current contract for the assigned slip.
Dinghy Dock Permit
The Harbormaster issues Dinghy Dock Permits to those boaters who would like to keep a dinghy on the Dinghy Float at the Town Pier. All Dinghy Dock assignments begin with a wait list application.
Moored Float Permit
The Harbormaster issues Moored Float Permits to those applicants who would like to moor a seasonal floating dock. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis. Most applicants for this permit have waterfront property and/or must be able to reasonably access the float from their residence. All Moored Float permits begin with a wait list application.
Transient Mooring Rental Permits
The Harbormaster maintains transient moorings for rent in the Inner Harbor and in World's End Mooring Area. The rental period is from 11am the day of arrival through 10am the following day. The moorings fill quickly especially on holidays and weekends in July and August. All available transient moorings can be reserved in advance with a paid transient application submitted online at the Town of Hingham's Online Mooring website.