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.
    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

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.

Timeline

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

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

Contacts for more information

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