Boatyard general permit

This National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and State Waste Discharge permit makes sure that the disposal of wastewater and stormwater from boatyards is in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act and state water pollution control laws.

What is a boatyard?

A boatyard:

  • Is a service business that builds, repairs, or maintains small vessels:
    • At least 85 percent of which are 65 feet or less in length; OR
    • More than 85 percent of the gross receipts come from working on vessels.

Boatyards include mobile and do-it-yourself facilities that may build a limited number of custom boats. For a full list of boatyard services, see S1.A. of the current permit.

Do I need a permit?

Read the information on the two tabs to figure out if your facility needs Boatyard General Permit coverage.

Your facility:

  • Discharges stormwater runoff to a water of the state directly or through a storm sewer system.
    OR
  • Generates wastewater from a pressure washing process.

Your facility:

  • Conducts boatyard activities exclusively indoors. (If so, you must submit a Conditional No Exposure Exemption form.)
    OR
  • Provides only:
    • Use of tidal grids solely for emergency repairs or inspections by marine surveyors.
    • Minor engine repair or maintenance within the engine space without vessel haul-out.
    • Topside cleaning, detailing, and bright work.
    • Electronics service and maintenance.
    • Service and repair of marine sanitation devices that do not require vessel haul-out.
    • Vessel rigging and minor repairs or modifications to the vessel's superstructure (extending to 25 percent or less of the vessel's surface area above the waterline).

Current permit documents

The current permit went into effect Aug. 8, 2016, and expires July 31, 2021.

Permit reissuance

We generally review and reissue permits on a regular schedule every five years. However, the current permit will expire on July 31, 2021. Permittees who submitted their 180 day duty to reapply NOI (Notice of Intent) applications that were accepted by Ecology prior to Feb 2, 2021 will continue to have permit coverage for their operations. Facilities seeking new coverage must apply for future coverage under the upcoming permit.

We invited comments on the draft Boatyard General Permit documents and accepted them online, by mail and during our public hearings from March 3, 2021 until April 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. We will publish a Response to Comments as an appendix to the fact sheet to address comments submitted during the public comment period.

Workshop and hearings

During the workshops in April, we explained the proposed changes to the permit and answered questions. The hearing began immediately following the public workshop. 

View Boatyard Workshop and Hearing presentation (PDF)

Timeline

March 3, 2021 - April 16, 2021: Formal public process (public comment and formal hearing) on the draft permit
July 31, 2021:  Current permit expires
Fall 2021: Decision on permit reissuance
Winter 2021: Goal for new active permit

Permit application, forms, and resources


Contacts for more information

For facilities located in the following counties:

Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Kevin Dolan
Permit Manager
kevin.dolan@ecy.wa.gov
509-575-2434

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Cindy Huwe
Permit Administrator
cynthia.huwe@ecy.wa.gov
509-457-7105

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Boatyard General Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009

For facilities located in the following counties:

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties

Help with permit requirements or site specific questions, applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Annie Simpson
Permit Manager
annie.simpson@ecy.wa.gov
509-329-3565

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Boatyard General Permit Coordinator
Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 North Monroe Street, Suite 202
Spokane WA 99205-1295

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Pierce County
Honor Carpenter
Permit Manager
honor.carpenter@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-7320

Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties
Adonia McKinzi
Permit Manager
adonia.mckinzi@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-0286

Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties
Kevin Hancock
Permit Manager
kevin.hancock@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6298

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Carey Cholski
Permit Administrator
carey.cholski@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6279

Morgan Dorner
Permit Administrator
morgan.dorner@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6280

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Boatyard General Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
P.O. Box 47775
Olympia WA 98504-7775

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Island, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties

Evan Dobrowski
Permit Manager
evan.dobrowski@ecy.wa.gov
206-594-0175

San Juan and Skagit counties
Stephanie Barney
Permit Manager
stephanie.barney@ecy.wa.gov
360-255-4390

Whatcom County
Elizabeth Fint
Permit Manager
elizabeth.fint@ecy.wa.gov
360-255-4389

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Tricia Miller
Northwest Region Permit Coordinator
tricia.miller@ecy.wa.gov
206-594-0167

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Boatyard General Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
15700 Dayton Ave. N
Shoreline, WA 98133

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