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Boat Permits
Obtain a Boat Permit

2018 Norfolk Boat Permits are available.  Use the link below to get the Permit Application.

**************Lake Whitehurst Boat Ramp******************

The new boat ramp and parking area is OPEN

The gates will be opened at 7:00 AM and closed at 7:00 PM until further notice.  For anyone locked in after 7:00 PM, you are advised to contact the Norfolk Police Non-Emergency Number at 757-441-5610.

Entrance is on Shore Drive, so plan accordingly
All of the same rules and regulations apply to Lake Whitehurst.  Make sure you have a current Norfolk Boat Permit before launching a boat.
This includes canoes and kayaks.

**************Western Branch Reservoir******************

The pier at Western Branch Reservoir has been taken out of service due to unsafe conditions.  We will begin construction of a new, much longer, floating pier at the end of the summer.

Permits are required for all boats in Norfolk's Reservoirs, including canoes, kayaks and motorized boats.

The annual and daily boat permits are available at the following locations:
Department of Utilities

401 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

Ph: 757-664-6701

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Oceans East II

5785 Northampton Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Ph: 757-464-6544

Mon - Thu: 6:00am - 8:00pm
Fri, Sat: 4:30am - 8:00pm
Sun: 4:30am - 6:00pm

City Code for using the Reservoirs
View the City of Norfolk Code that relates to the use of the reservoir

Permits by Mail
Permits are also available by mail. You can download and print the file. Please allow ten to 14 days to process the boat permit by mail. Please call 757-664-6701 for more information.

Rate Schedule
Boat permits are valid January 1 through December 31. There is no provision for pro-rating the cost of the permits.
Permit Type Fee
Norfolk Residents $20.00
Non-Norfolk Residents $40.00
Seniors (62 and over) $10.00
Daily Permit $5.00 / day