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 are pleased to announce that the draft Boatyard General Permit is available for public comment. We invite comments on the draft permit documents beginning March 3, 2021 until April 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. After the close of the comment period, we will review all comments and will publish a Response to Comments as an appendix to the fact sheet to address comments submitted.

How to provide comments

We will accept comments from March 3, 2021, until  April 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

You may submit comments:

  • Online: Submit your comments through our online comments form (preferred method)
  • By mail:
    James Hovis 
    Washington State Department of Ecology
    PO Box 47696
    Olympia, WA  98504-7696
  • In person: Comments are accepted during any of our public hearings

Workshop and hearings

During the workshop, we will explain the proposed changes to the permit and answer questions. The hearing will begin after the public workshop and will end when public testimony is complete. During the hearing, you may give oral testimony and written comments on the proposed changes. Written comments will receive the same consideration as oral testimony.

We will host workshop immediately followed by a public hearing online on the following dates:

Evening: Monday, April 12, 2021
5 p.m.

Join the Webinar*

Morning: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10 a.m.

Join the Webinar*

*Workshops and hearings offered via webinar allow individuals to view the presentation and provide testimony via computer or mobile device. Ecology is not currently offering in-person hearings due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

Timeline

Spring 2020:  Informal listening sessions View the PowerPoint Presentation
Winter/Spring 2020:  Formal public comment period on the draft permit (March 3, 2021 – April 16, 2021)
June 2021:  Decision about reissuance
July 2021:  Current permit expires

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
425-649-7276

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
Permit Administrator
tricia.miller@ecy.wa.gov
425-649-7201

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Boatyard General Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

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