Boating

Boating

Boating

Boating

Outfitter Company & Boat Livery Licensing

ATTENTION!
People or Businesses who Carry Passengers for Hire:
Utah has additional requirements that you need to know!

What are some specific examples of Carrying Passengers for Hire?

  • Lake or river fishing guide, operating a service from a boat.
  • A whitewater river rafting guide.
  • Wakeboard instructor with operation service from a motorboat.

Official Definition

Carrying Passengers for Hire is defined as, “to transport persons on vessels (boats) or to lead persons on vessels for consideration.” Consideration is defined as, “something of value is given or done in exchange for something given or done by another.”

First Aid & CPR Standards 

Outfitting companies are responsible for researching advanced/basic first aid and CPR courses that meet the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards. See the link below to compare the course your guides must have to carry passengers for hire.

Click Here for the National EMS Education Standards

The Application Process

License to Save Time

  • The entire licensing and permitting process does NOT require you to appear physically at a Division office.
  • The Process: Complete the application and then email, mail, or fax the application.

CPFH Outfitter Application

Study Guides


The Importance of Vessel Inspection 

 The Utah boating Act requires the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation to ensure the safety of vessels and persons on the water.

 Boats can be less forgiving than land-based travel. All other modes of transportation that carry passengers for hire have inspection programs.

 Vessel Inspection programs are a reasonable solution to ensure public safety.

 Benefits for Outfitting Companies: Our goal is to work together with outfitting companies to provide the public with safe and meaningful experiences on Utah’s waterways.

Outfitting Companies & Required Annual Inspection Program

– All outfitting companies will need to have an annual self-inspection program to ensure the vessel’s safety.

– Outfitting companies with larger, motorized vessels will also need to participate in a five-year inspection program performed by a trained inspector representing Utah State Parks.

 Not all vessels are the same; therefore, not all inspections are the same. Vessels are only inspected for the systems, structures, and equipment associated with those particular vessels.

Vessel Inspection Forms

Need more information? 

Please contact the boating program staff at 801-538-7361 or at boating@utah.gov.


Boat Liveries
Utah has specific requirements for those who rent boats to other people.

Official Definition

The Utah Boating Act defines a “Boat Livery” as an “entity which holds any vessel for renting, leasing, or chartering.”  Individuals, non-profits, businesses, and educational institutions, who provide boat rental service need to adhere to Utah’s requirements for boat liveries no matter the vessel type.

Permission is needed from the manager of the body of water where you want to provide services. Any type of commercial activity within a federal, state park or recreation area including operating a boat rental “livery” or delivering equipment for visitors to use, requires written authorization

Utah Requirements for Boat Liveries:

 Registration: Boat liveries must be registered with the Division of Outdoor Recreation. Please fill out the Livery Application.

 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
 TA check-off list of the required safety equipment on-board

– 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.

Need more information?
Please call us at 801-538-7361 or email boating@utah.gov.


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

CONTACT US

General Questions
Phone: 801-538-BOAT
Email: boating@utah.gov

Address
1594 West North Temple, suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Outfitter Company & Boat Livery Licensing

ATTENTION!
People or Businesses who Carry Passengers for Hire:
Utah has additional requirements that you need to know!

What are some specific examples of Carrying Passengers for Hire?

  • Lake or river fishing guide, operating a service from a boat.
  • A whitewater river rafting guide.
  • Wakeboard instructor with operation service from a motorboat.

Official Definition

Carrying Passengers for Hire is defined as, “to transport persons on vessels (boats) or to lead persons on vessels for consideration.” Consideration is defined as, “something of value is given or done in exchange for something given or done by another.”

First Aid & CPR Standards 

Outfitting companies are responsible for researching advanced/basic first aid and CPR courses that meet the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards. See the link below to compare the course your guides must have to carry passengers for hire.

Click Here for the National EMS Education Standards

The Application Process

License to Save Time

  • The entire licensing and permitting process does NOT require you to appear physically at a Division office.
  • The Process: Complete the application and then email, mail, or fax the application.

CPFH Outfitter Application

Study Guides


The Importance of Vessel Inspection 

 The Utah boating Act requires the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation to ensure the safety of vessels and persons on the water.

 Boats can be less forgiving than land-based travel. All other modes of transportation that carry passengers for hire have inspection programs.

 Vessel Inspection programs are a reasonable solution to ensure public safety.

 Benefits for Outfitting Companies: Our goal is to work together with outfitting companies to provide the public with safe and meaningful experiences on Utah’s waterways.

Outfitting Companies & Required Annual Inspection Program

– All outfitting companies will need to have an annual self-inspection program to ensure the vessel’s safety.

– Outfitting companies with larger, motorized vessels will also need to participate in a five-year inspection program performed by a trained inspector representing Utah State Parks.

 Not all vessels are the same; therefore, not all inspections are the same. Vessels are only inspected for the systems, structures, and equipment associated with those particular vessels.

Vessel Inspection Forms

Need more information? 

Please contact the boating program staff at 801-538-7361 or at boating@utah.gov.


Boat Liveries
Utah has specific requirements for those who rent boats to other people.

Official Definition

The Utah Boating Act defines a “Boat Livery” as an “entity which holds any vessel for renting, leasing, or chartering.”  Individuals, non-profits, businesses, and educational institutions, who provide boat rental service need to adhere to Utah’s requirements for boat liveries no matter the vessel type.

Permission is needed from the manager of the body of water where you want to provide services. Any type of commercial activity within a federal, state park or recreation area including operating a boat rental “livery” or delivering equipment for visitors to use, requires written authorization

Utah Requirements for Boat Liveries:

 Registration: Boat liveries must be registered with the Division of Outdoor Recreation. Please fill out the Livery Application.

 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
 TA check-off list of the required safety equipment on-board

– 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.

Need more information?
Please call us at 801-538-7361 or email boating@utah.gov.


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

CONTACT US

General Questions
Phone: 801-538-BOAT
Email: boating@utah.gov

Address
1594 West North Temple, suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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