Livery (Rental Company) Requirements and Legal Responsibilities

Utah Requirements for Boat Liveries:

  • Registration: Boat liveries must be registered with the Division of Outdoor Recreation. 
  • Information: The boat livery must advise the lessee or renter of a vessel of all of the boating laws and rules which the lessee or renter must obey.
  • Equipment: Display the boat livery name on the outside of the vessel.  The boat livery must equip a leased or rented vessel with the required safety equipment.
  • Agreement: A copy of the lease or rental agreement must be carried onboard the leased or rented vessel and must contain the following information:
    • The vessel’s assigned bow number
    • The period of time for which the vessel is leased or rented
    • Vessel’s departure date and time
    • A check-off list of the required safety equipment onboard
  • Records: The owner of a boat livery must keep a record of a lease or rental transaction for at least one year. The record must have the following information:
    • Name and address of the person renting or leasing the vessel.
    • Identification number of the vessel
    • Vessel’s departure date and time
    • The vessel’s expected time of return
  • Insurance: The owner of a boat livery who rents personal watercraft and/or motorboats with engine >50 HP must provide its renters with primary coverage meeting the requirements of Title 73, Chapter 18c, Financial Responsibility of Motorboat Owners and Operators Act.  Proof of insurance, listing the identifying vessel information, must be carried onboard the rented vessel.


Why it’s important to register:

  • It’s the law!
  • To ensure that rental/lease agreements contain the proper and required information and to show that the renter/leasee has permission to have the vessel in their possession at that time.
  • Our goal is to work collaboratively with livery companies to provide the public correct information about Utah’s rules and regulations so they can have safe and meaningful experiences on Utah’s waterways.

Check out these quick 1-min videos you can use to help your customers understand boating operation and safety.   



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