State of Maine Harbor Master’s Association

Here are a number of documents that may help to clarify the role and responsibilities of a harbormaster:


Harbor Management - A legal guide for harbormasters and coastal officials (2006)- our standard text for a basic discussion of the state’s laws.

The Right Tack: Charting Your Harbor's Future. A publication of the Maine Coastal Program and the Maine State Planning Office. (1995) PDF format.

Harbormaster Authority; A proposal by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Public Lands (1986)

Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, Chapter 1, Operation of Vessels, especially subchapter 1, has most of the State of Maine’s Laws pertaining to harbormasters


A survey of our members yielded a comparison of fees for some of our towns. Of the ones that answered, here’s a chart of Mooring Fee comparisons, and other town provided Harbor Services.




Some links to applications and forms:

Army Corps application forms for work in a navigable waterway.

Maine’s Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) process explained and more links to forms and resources.