We follow guidelines set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (refer to MGL Chapter 60B) as shown below. Boats are taxed at a rate of ten dollars ($10) per thousand of valuation.
LENGTH OF VESSEL
VALUATIONS OF VESSELS
(Overall center line length excluding bowsprits, boomkins and similar extensions)
(based on age of vessel)
4 thru 6 Years
7 or More Years
Under 16 ft. (Exempt)
16 ft. but less than 17.5 ft.
17.5 ft. but less than 20 ft.
20 ft. but less than 22.5 ft.
22.5 ft. but less than 25 ft.
25 ft. but less than 27.5 ft.
27.5 ft. but less than 30 ft.
30 ft. but less than 35 ft.
35 ft. but less than 40 ft.
40 ft. but less than 50 ft.
50 ft. but less than 60 ft.
60 ft. or over
Boat Excise Tax Bill
I have not paid my 2013 excise tax bill. How can I pay my bill?
You can pay your bill online at: www.cityofboston.gov/boats or make a check out to the City of Boston, and mail to City of Boston, P. O. Box 55809, Boston, MA 02205.
You can also come into City Hall to pay your bill on the Mezzanine Level, window 31. The Customer Service window (M-31) is open 9-5pm Monday-Friday. Please note that a mooring permit application still needs to be filed if your boat is moored in Boston. Once your check clears the bank and a mooring permit application is duly filed, a mooring permit will be mailed to your residence.
What happens if I do not pay my boat excise tax bill?
You will be denied a mooring permit.
I did not get a bill. How can I get a bill sent to me so that I can apply for a mooring permit?
Call the Taxpayer Referral & Assistance Center (TRAC) at (617) 635-4287 to see if a boat excise tax bill has been issued. If not, contact the Collector's office at (617) 635-4131 or visit City Hall mezzanine floor, Window (31) to have a boat excise tax bill issued.
I paid my boat excise tax bill in XYZ town. Why I am receiving a bill from Boston?
Please send us proof that you paid the bill in XYZ town.
How do you determine who gets billed?
At the end of each fiscal year we receive a list of boat owners who registered their boats in that fiscal year. We also receive a list of documented boats (a national form of registration) from the US Coast Guard. We use both lists to generate boat excise tax bills.
Boat Mooring Permit
Boat Mooring Docking Compliance Law/ Ordinance
In May 2004, the City of Boston enacted an ordinance requiring any vessel moored in Boston to obtain a mooring permit from the Harbormaster. With national security on everyone's mind these days, closely monitoring activities within our harbor has become a top priority for law enforcement agencies.
How do you make sure that everyone who moors a boat in Boston pays excise tax?
Apart from security reasons, the new mooring permit process was put in place to ensure that anyone who moors his/her boat in Boston pays an excise tax bill.
What happens if I moor my boat without a permit?
Your boat will be removed from the harbor and stored at your expense in a designated area by the Harbormaster.
I need to apply for a mooring permit. What do I do?
In order to obtain a mooring permit, a boat owner must show proof that he/she paid their 2013 boat excise tax bill. For questions concerning boat excise tax as it applies to mooring permit applications contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is my first time mooring my boat in Boston. How do I get a mooring permit?
I just purchased my boat. How do I get a mooring permit?
In order to obtain a mooring permit, a boat owner must show proof that he/she paid their 2012 boat excise tax bill. For questions concerning boat excise tax as it applies to mooring permit applications contact: email@example.com.
Who should I contact if I have other questions?
If you have technical questions about the online permit application, please contact the Webmaster at OnlinePayments@cityofboston.gov(regarding technical issues while completing the online application).