Marine Events & Permits
|Marine Events & Permits|
Permits for Marine Events on Oregon's Waterways |
The sponsors or organizers of marine events (regattas, boat races, marine parades, floats, fishing tournaments or exhibitions) must complete a Marine Board application for a permit at least 30 days prior to the event.
The following documents will help you begin preparation for your event.
Notice to All Marine Event Planners
Application for Marine Event Permit
Application for Marine Event Permit (fillable PDF form)
Request for Coast Guard Auxiliary Safety Patrol
Application for Special Use Device Permit
|U.S. Coast Guard Permitted Events|
The U.S. Coast Guard is transitioning to a paperless application system to an electronic submission process. Paper copies of form CG - 4423 (Revision 3/2011) will remain acceptable by USCG Sector Columbia River/Marine Safety Unit Portland's Waterway Management Division, provided they meet the required submission timeframes.
Lone submissions can be completed at the Coast Guard Homeport website at http://homeport.uscg.mil. Simply click on the underlined Marine Event Permit icon on the gray section titled "Featured Homeport Links" (in the upper right hand corner of the page). A new page will open and prompt for event-specific information and attachments. Upon completion and submission, a confirmation email of the event is sent to the marine event sponsor point of contact. Applications need to be submitted 135 days prior to the day of the event. Once the event has been approved or denied, you will receive an email notification.
For questions about the electronic application process for Marine Event Permits through the Coast Guard, contact Sector Columbia River/MSU Portland Waterways Mgmt. at (503) 240-9319.
Click here to view the list of US Coast Guard Permitted Events
Click here to view the U.S. Coast Guard's Local Notice to Mariners
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Application for Marine Events
(1) For the purpose of this rule the term Marine Event includes Regattas, Boat Races, Marine Parades, Tournaments or Exhibitions which are organized boating water events of limited duration conducted according to a prearranged schedule. Predicted log races, cruises and/or other marine events conducted by individual groups, which do not introduce extra or unusual water safety hazards are exempted from the provisions of this rule.
(2) An individual or organization planning to sponsor or conduct a marine event which, by its nature, circumstances or location, will introduce extra or unusual hazards to water safety on waters of this state, shall submit a completed application to the State Marine Board at least 30 days prior to the event. Examples of conditions which are deemed to introduce extra or unusual hazards include, but are not limited to: an inherently hazardous competition, the customary presence of commercial or pleasure craft in the area, any obstruction to navigation which may result, and/or the expected accumulation of spectators or spectator craft. A completed application contains the signatures of the federal, state and/or local agencies specified on the application.
(3) The sponsor shall submit an advance copy of the application as soon as the event date(s) and location(s) have been determined by the sponsor. This copy will be without endorsements and serves to reserve the date(s) and location(s) until the completed application is received. Marine Event date(s) and location(s) are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
(4) If the sponsoring organization is requesting Coast Guard Auxiliary assistance a "Request for Coast Guard Auxiliary Safety Patrol Services" application shall be completed and filed with the Marine Board after the sponsoring organization has made arrangements with the local Coast Guard flotilla.
(5) The agency shall authorize or deny the permit and so notify the sponsor and other interested agencies.
(6) The agency, in authorizing an event, may condition the authorization subject to meeting certain requirements as specified by responsible federal, state or local agencies.
Application for Special Use Device Permits
(1) For the purpose of this rule the term Special Use Device includes waterski courses, ski jumps, race buoys, kayak race gates and other floating devices used to mark water events. These rules apply to all of the waters of this state.
(2) An individual or organization planning to install a special use device on the waters of this state shall submit a completed application for a special use device permit to the Marine Board at least 30 days before an anticipated installation.
(3) Exemptions. Devices installed in conjunction with an authorized marine event do not require a separate permit other than the permit by ORS Chapter 830 and OAR 250-010-0095. Devices installed for private non-commercial use are permitted for a period up to 12 hours, between sunrise and sunset, without a permit, provided the device is removed before sunset.
(4) The application shall be in such form as required by the Board. The applicant must furnish information on the type of device, dates of installation and proposed use, a description of the location including maps sufficient to locate the planned placement of the device, information identifying adjacent property owners by name and address, and other information deemed necessary by the Board.
(5) The Marine Board will circulate a notice of the proposed installation for public comment and review. Particular notice will be provided to adjacent landowners, the county sheriff and other interested parties. A hearing on the proposed device installation may be held if requested.
(6) The State Marine Director shall evaluate the application and consider public comments in deciding whether to issue a permit. The Director shall consider the size of the waterbody, season of use, probable impacts to adjacent properties, potential for use conflicts and other factors related to the public health, safety and welfare.
(7) The Director may condition permits as to days and hours of operation, anchoring materials and methods, special lighting requirements if any, and other requirements as necessary
(8) The applicant or other affected parties may appeal the decision of the Director to the Board. Requests for Board review must be in writing within 30 days of the Directors decision on a permit.
(9) A special use permit does not authorize Marine Events. A separate permit is required if a permitted special use device is to be used for a boat race, regatta, tournament or exhibition.
(10) A Marine Board special use permit does not relieve the applicant from other federal, state or local permits, licenses, or approval which may be required.
(11) Permits may be valid for a period up to three years. The permit may be revoked or cancelled for violation of permit conditions, complaints regarding use by the public or county sheriff, or a request by ten or more persons.
(12) The Permittee shall be responsible for ensuring the safety of the proposed device area and keep it clear of debris, obstructions and other elements that constitute a safety hazard. A special device permit shall not give the permittee exclusive use of the waters of the state in the permit area.
Note: Because some of these events draw boaters from out of state, we encourage organizers to do their part to prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Here is some information that may be of assistance.