How to Request a Boating Regulation

Step 1. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boat Act Advisory Committee (BAAC) requests a petition be submitted. Petitions must be received after January 1st and no later than April 15th. Submissions can sent via U.S. Mail, FedEx, UPS, DHL, Faxed or Emailed to:

Boat Act Advisory Committee
℅ Capt. Mike Simonsen
Boating Stakeholder Coordinator
Fisheries and Boating Services
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E-4
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
DESK: 410-260-8272
FAX: 410-260-8453
EMAIL: michael.simonsen@maryland.gov

Include the following information on your petition or use this form:

Request for Boating
Regulation Change Petition Form

  • Name, address, phone number and email address of contact person, dated.
  • Print legibly name, address, phone number and email address of signers next to signatures.
  • Detailed description of area, GPS Coordinates – Latitude/Longitude, including satellite image or a NOAA chart diagram.
  • Why this Boating Regulation Change Request should be considered.
  • Type of restriction: 6 Knot Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays During The Boating Season, 6 Knots All Times During The Boating Season OR 6 Knots All Year.
  • Any restrictions currently in the area

Step 2. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin studying and surveying the area during the next Boating Season (Apr 15 – Oct 15). Public comments will be accepted during the “Boating Season” OR up until 7 days prior to the Boat Act Advisory Committee (BAAC) Fall Public Comment Meeting(s) confirmed scheduled date of the petitioned Boating Regulation Change Request.

  • The DNR Boating Stakeholder Coordinator strictly upholds a neutral position in order to serve all constituents equally and will set up a meeting with the lead petitioner/contact person to review request, share past alike outcomes and make recommendations.
  • The DNR Boating Services Hydrographic Operations will place a buoy in the area to advise all waterway users that the area is under study.
  • Vessel traffic upon waterway surveys will be scheduled and conducted by the BAAC.

Step 3. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services and Regulation staff will summarize the data and present it to the Boat Act Advisory Committee (BAAC).

  • The BAAC will review the study (Areas that have been reviewed cannot re-apply for 3 years).
  • The BAAC will study/survey areas if needed by both land and waterway vantages.
  • The DNR Boating Stakeholder Coordinator and the BAAC will form and schedule online/telecommunications meeting(s) for the public to comment on the boating regulation change being requested. Meeting dates will be posted on the department’s Boat Act Advisory Committee website at: https://dnr.maryland.gov/boating/Pages/regulations/regshowto.aspx
  • The DNR Boating Stakeholder Coordinator and the BAAC will prepare recommendations to the DNR Secretary.

Step 4. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services and Regulation staff review the recommendation.

  • The DNR Boating Services and Regulation staff will forward the BAAC recommendation(s), along with supporting departmental information and public comment statistics/facts to the Department of Natural Resources Secretary.
  • The DNR Secretary determines for each recommended regulation if it is to be proposed and processed in accordance with established protocols. Each recommended regulation forwarded to the DNR Secretary can be to accepted, rejected or modified.
  • Publication in the Maryland Register is required and a public comment period of not less than 30 days is mandatory.
  • Adoption (45 days) and the effective dates (90 days) are determined for a new regulation. If 50 registered citizens of the State of Maryland file a petition with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at least 15 days prior to the effective date, the DNR shall conduct a public hearing on the proposed new regulation(s).
  • If the Boating Regulation Change Request is denied, the Boat Act Advisory Committee will not procure the same Boating Regulation Change Request again for a 3 year period.

NOTE: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) recognized “Boating Season” means the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. each April 15, and ending at 12 midnight each succeeding October 15.


 

Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)
Title 08. Department of Natural Resources
Subtitle 18. BOATING—SPEED LIMITS AND OPERATION OF VESSELS
Chapter 08.18.01. General / Sec. 08.18.01.03. Definitions
(b) 6 knots (6.9 MPH) means a person may not operate or give permission to operate a vessel: (i) At a boat speed in excess of 6 knots (6.9 statute miles per hour, or 11.1 kilometers per hour)​​

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