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Apply for a commercial fishing permit

Download the commercial fishing permit application, then mail it in or visit an office to process it.
Mail-in applications generally take 2-3 weeks to process.

Division of Marine Fisheries - Boston Office

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How to apply Apply for a commercial fishing permit

To submit an application by mail, you must:

  • Print and fill out the application form
  • Print and fill out control notices and affidavits (only required for certain endorsements, see Commercial fishing permits page for more details)
  • Send form and check to: 

Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway St, Suite 400
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2152

 

If you would prefer to submit in person, you may visit one of our 3 walk-in locations.

Boston:

Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway St., Suite 400
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2152

  • Hours: Monday-Friday (8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.)
  • You can pay with cash, check, or money order.
  • Certain commercial permit transactions can only be completed at the Boston location, including:
    • Transfer of limited entry permits
    • Updating or changing vessel information on certain limited entry permits
    • Issuing new limited entry permits
    • Complying with any request that requires administrative approval from the Boston office staff

Gloucester:

30 Emerson Ave.
Gloucester, MA 01930

  • Hours: Monday-Friday (9 a.m-3 p.m.)
  • You can pay with a personal check or money order, no cash payments.

New Bedford:

SMAST East/Division of Marine Fisheries
836 South Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02744

  • Hours: Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • You can pay with a check or money order, no cash payments.

More info about Apply for a commercial fishing permit

If you're not sure if your transaction can be completed at a particular office, please contact our in Boston office at (617) 626-1520.

If you would like to apply for an aquaculture, master digger, or scientific permit, please visit our special permits page.

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Address
Gloucester Field Office
30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Online
DMF Staff Directory View 
Fax
(617) 727-3337
Address
836 S Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02744
Online
DMF Staff Directory View 
Fax
(508) 990-0449
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