Small Watercraft

ORS 830.140
Boating Safety, Law Enforcement and Facility Account

  • sources
  • disposition
  • enforcement by cities and counties


On or before the 10th day of each month, the State Marine Board shall pay into the State Treasury, except as provided in ORS 830.948 (Salvaged Vessel Subaccount), all moneys received by the board during the preceding calendar month. The State Treasurer shall credit the moneys to the Boating Safety, Law Enforcement and Facility Account, which account hereby is created, separate and distinct from the General Fund. The moneys in the account hereby are continuously appropriated to the board for the purpose of paying the expense of administering and enforcing the provisions of this chapter. The board shall keep a record of all moneys received and expended.


After paying the necessary expenses incurred by the board in administering this chapter, the funds available in the account shall be distributed, in the amounts required, for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this chapter and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto. The board shall determine the amount required for enforcement in each county, considering the survey conducted under ORS 830.115 (Boating survey). The funds available shall be apportioned according to the amounts required and distributed, for enforcement in each county where there is a need, under a contract entered into with a city, with the Department of State Police or with the sheriff of the county. A contract with a city or a sheriff shall be entered into only with the approval of the governing body of the city or county. The board shall determine the intervals at which the moneys shall be distributed.


The governing body of any county having within its boundaries a city providing recreational boating facilities including launching ramps, may contract with the city for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations made pursuant thereto.


If the city enters into a contract with the board or with a county, the county is relieved of its enforcement responsibilities within the city as agreed to by the county and the city or by the board and the city. [Formerly 488.860; 2003 c.693 §3]

See also annotations under ORS 488.860 in permanent edition.

Attorney General Opinions

Authority of the Marine Board to remove dilapidated docks and pilings which create a hazard to boating, (1973) Vol 36, p 388


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Mar. 11, 2023