The lakes in New Hampshire are a valuable public resource to be preserved for the benefit of the public as well as fish and wildlife. To balance the needs of all that use the lakes, the mooring law regulates the number and location of moorings on the following lakes: Winnipesaukee, Squam (Big & Little), Newfound, Winnisquam, Sunapee, Ossipee (Broad Bay, Leavitt Bay, Berry Bay), Bow Lake and Pleasant Lake in Deerfield/Northwood.

To apply for a mooring permit one must file the appropriate application. If approved a mooring permit will be issued. Each year of the permit the applicant will purchase a current decal for the mooring buoy and submit a boat registration for each approved mooring. The current decal on the mooring buoy informs Marine Patrol that a permit has been issued for this mooring.