​Boating Regulations


Maryland Boating Regulations

Consult the Code of Maryland Regul​ations (COMAR) 
and Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland for full legal text.

Additionally, Maryland Statutes are available for viewing from the Maryland General Assembly Website

The printed version of COMAR is the official and enforceable text. Only the official text may be judicially noticed under Courts and Judicial Proceedings, Section 10-203, Annotated Code of Maryland.

Changes to Boating Regulations

​Maryland State Boat Act

Couple wearing lifejackets on a boat

The Maryland State Boat Act was enacted in 1960 to work in harmony with the United States Coast Guard regulatory scheme and provided that revenue generated through regulating boating activity would be earmarked for boating and maritime purposes. Perhaps the most important idea was that in Maryland, boaters would administer boating with the support of the boating community. A brief History of the Maryland State Boat Act​ and A First-hand Account Regarding Creation of the Maryland Boat Act​ explain how the act came into existence.