Boatyard general permit

Learn about the boatyard general permit. Find out how to apply for coverage, change coverage, and comply with the permit.

This National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water quality permit helps make sure that the disposal of wastewater and stormwater from boatyards causes no harm to the environment, in accordance with the federal Water Pollution Control 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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

The current permit expires on July 31, 2021. The permit reissuance process includes informal listening sessions, a formal public comment period on the draft permit, and formal public meetings and hearings. We plan to make a permit reissuance decision at the end of this process in June 2021.

Changes to the permit that are being considered include:

  • Updating benchmarks for stormwater discharges.
  • Additional mandatory best management practices (BMPs) for boatyards.
  • Updates to make the permit more consistent with other permits where applicable.
  • Clarifying language and streamlining permit organization.
  • Other issues that may be identified through informal listening sessions.

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, we realize your attention may be divided. We’re working to stay on track with our work to protect water quality where we need to make decisions in a timely manner, while also respecting your right to learn about and comment on decisions affecting your community.

Right now, we’re at the beginning of the decision-making process. However, we need to move forward in order to allow ample time to consider any feedback we receive. There will be more opportunities to engage with us before a final decision is made. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together during this time.


Spring 2020:  Informal listening sessions View the PowerPoint Presentation
Fall 2020:  Formal public comment period on the draft permit
June 2021:  Decision about reissuance
July 2021:  Current permit expires

Permit application, forms, and resources

For facilities located in the following counties:

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

Kevin Dolan

For facilities located in the following counties:

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

Annie Simpson

For facilities located in the following counties:

Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties

Adonia McKinzi

For facilities located in the following county:

Pierce County

Honor Carpenter
(360) 407-7320

For facilities located in the following counties:

Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties

Kevin Hancock
(360) 407-6298

For facilities located in the following counties:

Island, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties

Evan Dobrowski

For facilities located in the following counties:

San Juan and Skagit counties

Stephanie Barney

For facilities located in the following county:

Whatcom County

Elizabeth Fint

Contacts for more information

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