Pursuant to the authority granted by c.102/90B/111 of the General Laws and c.28 s.3(1)/8(3) of the Town By-Laws:
The Town of Danvers authorizes the Harbormaster and Assistant Harbormaster’s to enforce all state and local laws in Danvers Harbor. Any violation of equipment, safety and operational standards may be enforced by means of non-criminal citation pursuant to c.40 s.21D of the General Laws or by means of criminal complaint.
What should I do if I received a ticket/citation?
If you were issued a “Massachusetts Uniform Environmental Violation Notice”, the fine must be paid no later than 21 days after the date of violation to the Clerk Magistrate of Salem District Court 65 Washington Sq. Salem, MA 01970. If you are requesting a hearing, you must mail the citation along with a written request for a hearing to: Salem District Court 65 Washington Sq. Salem, MA 01970. Note: If violation is not paid within 21 days a criminal complaint is issued.
If you were issued a “Danvers Harbor Violation”, you have 21 days from the date of issue to pay the fine or request a hearing. If you are paying a fine or requesting a hearing, you must mail the violation along with payment or written request for a hearing to: Danvers Harbormaster’s Office 1 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 01923. Note: If violation is not paid within 21 days a criminal complaint is issued.
If a Town Ticket was issued for “failure to obtain a permit sticker” you must obtain the permit prior to mailing in the fine payment. Do not mail cash. Only Postal Note, Money Order or Check.
Mooring, dockage, slip and waiting list fees can be paid in person at the Harbormaster’s Office, 8 Harbor St. or online using the link below. This link will bring you to our secure application site where you will be able to apply for or renew permits, apply to a waiting list, review your mooring and inspection information, view your mooring location, as well as make online payments.
In Massachusetts, fishing licenses are required for all persons 15 years of age and over on inland waters. Anglers under 15 may fish, but do not need a license. To obtain a freshwater fishing license, click here: Freshwater Fishing Licenses
The Crane River Marina is the Town’s only public marina and provides dockage for 68 vessels up to 25′ in length. Dockage space is assigned from a waiting list with Danvers residents given priority. There is a one-time $6 fee to apply to the waiting list. Apply online at: Waiting List Application
In Massachusetts, if you’re 16 years or older, you need a recreational saltwater fishing permit to fish in Massachusetts. This permit may be issued from Massachusetts or from a nearby state that has a reciprocity agreement with Massachusetts.
For ages 16-59, the cost of the permit is $10. Ages 60+ must still have a permit to fish in Massachusetts but the permit is free. For more information or to apply for a permit, click here: Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permits
The Harbormaster’s office oversees the placement and permitting of 125 moorings. Moorings are privately owned by boaters and homeowners.
The Town of Danvers is not currently permitting new moorings, however, moorings being sold are offered to waiting list applicants. To apply to the mooring waiting list, click here: Online Waiting List Applications
Danvers has a public boat launch ramp at Pope’s Landing on Liberty St. For a minimum charge of $5.00 ($75 for the season) you can launch your boat using the ramp. The Landing also offers public restrooms, a lighted parking lot, scenic park, and picnic area.
There is a thirty minute tie-up area at the public dock for boaters who want to enjoy the view and use the picnic area and facilities.