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Boat Permits
Obtain a Boat Permit

2017 Norfolk Boat Permits are available.  Use the link below to get the Permit Application .

**************Western Branch Boat Ramp******************

Beginning on Monday, July 6, 2015 the contractor working on the Western Branch Dam will begin using the boat ramp and a portion of the parking area for material storage.  The contractor will generally only use one side of the ramp, leaving the other side open for public use. However, there will be days when the property will be closed to the public for safety reasons.  The closure may be for several hours, or a whole day. Closure dates will be posted when they become available.

*************Lake Smith Boat Ramp******************

A project to improve the Lake Smith Weir (spillway) has begun and is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2018.  To facilitate construction, the lake elevation may be lowered.  The contractor will also use the main boat ramp to load large equipment into the lake, which will require closing the facility to the public.  Closure dates will be posted when they become available.

Lake Smith parking area and boat ramp will be closed August 16, 2017.  If needed, due to inclement weather, the ramp will be closed on August 17, 2017.

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