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INSTRUCTIONS
MARINE EVENT PERMIT
Permit Fee: Buoys - $50.00
(22.62)
Charitable Organization – No Charge
(22.63)
LEGAL AUTHORITY:
NRS 488.261, 488.305
NAC 488.495, 488.500
PERMIT REQUIREMENT: Any person who wants to conduct a regatta or other boat race, marine parade,
tournament, exhibition, or a marine event with or without buoys, on any waters of this state shall first secure a
permit from the Department.
WHERE TO OBTAIN APPLICATION: Application for a Marine Event Permit may be obtained from any office
of the Nevada Department of Wildlife or on the website at www.ndow.org under the License Office section.
The application must be received at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled event.
NOTE: Permit and fee requirements do not apply within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Lakes
Mead and Mojave). Refer to Superintendent, LMNRA, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005.
DENIAL OF APPLICATION: Whenever an application is denied, the Department shall notify the applicant in
writing of the reason for the denial.
WHERE TO SEND AND SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEE: A complete application for a Marine Event
Permit shall be submitted to the Regional Office of the administrative region where the event will be conducted.
A diagram of the area to be utilized and all steps taken to ensure the safety of all participants, observers and
spectators, whether afloat or on land, must be submitted with the application.
PERTINENT STATUTES AND REGULATIONS
NRS 488.261 Mooring buoy: Permit for placement in nonnavigable waters; permit for temporary
placement; regulations and enforcement.
1. The Department may issue to any person a permit to place a mooring buoy in the nonnavigable waters
of this State. The Department shall charge and collect a fee in the amount set by the Commission for each
permit issued pursuant to this subsection. Unless suspended or revoked by the Department, a permit issued
pursuant to this subsection is valid through December 31 of the year in which it is issued. Such a permit may
be renewed annually by paying the fee set by the Commission on or before January 1 of each year.
2. The Department may issue a permit for the temporary placement of a buoy, other than a navigational
aid, for practice courses or marine events. The Department shall charge and collect a fee in the amount set by
the Commission for each permit issued pursuant to this subsection. Unless suspended or revoked by the
Department, a permit issued pursuant to this subsection is valid for the period indicated on the face of the
permit which must not exceed 6 months.
3. The Commission shall adopt by regulation fees for:
(a) The issuance and renewal of permits for mooring buoys pursuant to subsection 1 which must not be
more than $100 for each buoy per year.
(b) The issuance of permits for the temporary placement of buoys for practice courses or marine events
pursuant to subsection 2 which must not be more than $50 per buoy.
4. The Commission may:
(a) Adopt such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of NRS 488.257 to 488.285,
inclusive; and
(b) Establish a schedule of administrative fines for the violation of those regulations which may be
assessed in addition to any criminal penalties for the same act.
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INSTRUCTIONS
MARINE EVENT PERMIT
Permit Fee: Buoys - $50.00
(22.62)
Charitable Organization – No Charge
(22.63)
LEGAL AUTHORITY:
NRS 488.261, 488.305
NAC 488.495, 488.500
PERMIT REQUIREMENT: Any person who wants to conduct a regatta or other boat race, marine parade,
tournament, exhibition, or a marine event with or without buoys, on any waters of this state shall first secure a
permit from the Department.
WHERE TO OBTAIN APPLICATION: Application for a Marine Event Permit may be obtained from any office
of the Nevada Department of Wildlife or on the website at www.ndow.org under the License Office section.
The application must be received at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled event.
NOTE: Permit and fee requirements do not apply within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Lakes
Mead and Mojave). Refer to Superintendent, LMNRA, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005.
DENIAL OF APPLICATION: Whenever an application is denied, the Department shall notify the applicant in
writing of the reason for the denial.
WHERE TO SEND AND SUBMIT APPLICATION AND FEE: A complete application for a Marine Event
Permit shall be submitted to the Regional Office of the administrative region where the event will be conducted.
A diagram of the area to be utilized and all steps taken to ensure the safety of all participants, observers and
spectators, whether afloat or on land, must be submitted with the application.
PERTINENT STATUTES AND REGULATIONS
NRS 488.261 Mooring buoy: Permit for placement in nonnavigable waters; permit for temporary
placement; regulations and enforcement.
1. The Department may issue to any person a permit to place a mooring buoy in the nonnavigable waters
of this State. The Department shall charge and collect a fee in the amount set by the Commission for each
permit issued pursuant to this subsection. Unless suspended or revoked by the Department, a permit issued
pursuant to this subsection is valid through December 31 of the year in which it is issued. Such a permit may
be renewed annually by paying the fee set by the Commission on or before January 1 of each year.
2. The Department may issue a permit for the temporary placement of a buoy, other than a navigational
aid, for practice courses or marine events. The Department shall charge and collect a fee in the amount set by
the Commission for each permit issued pursuant to this subsection. Unless suspended or revoked by the
Department, a permit issued pursuant to this subsection is valid for the period indicated on the face of the
permit which must not exceed 6 months.
3. The Commission shall adopt by regulation fees for:
(a) The issuance and renewal of permits for mooring buoys pursuant to subsection 1 which must not be
more than $100 for each buoy per year.
(b) The issuance of permits for the temporary placement of buoys for practice courses or marine events
pursuant to subsection 2 which must not be more than $50 per buoy.
4. The Commission may:
(a) Adopt such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of NRS 488.257 to 488.285,
inclusive; and
(b) Establish a schedule of administrative fines for the violation of those regulations which may be
assessed in addition to any criminal penalties for the same act.
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5. The Department is responsible for the enforcement of the laws of this state governing mooring buoys
and may:
(a) Revoke or suspend a permit for a mooring buoy issued pursuant to subsection 1 or 2 or by the Division
of State Lands of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources if:
(1) The person responsible for the buoy fails to comply with all applicable statutes and regulations
concerning the buoy; or
(2) The buoy becomes a hazard to navigation.
(b) Remove any mooring buoy determined to be unlawfully placed.
6. This section does not require an agency of this State or the United States Government to obtain written
authorization to place, move, remove, destroy or tamper with buoys or navigational aids on the navigable
waters of this state.
NRS 488.305 Authority of Department to authorize events; regulations concerning safety; application
for permission; reimbursement of Department; contents of application; compliance with federal law.
1. The Department may authorize the holding of regattas, motorboat or other boat races, marine parades,
tournaments or exhibitions on any waters of this State. The Commission shall adopt regulations concerning the
safety of motorboats and other vessels and persons thereon, either observers or participants.
2. At least 30 days before a regatta, motorboat or other boat race, marine parade, tournament or exhibition
is proposed to be held, the person in charge thereof must file an application with the Department for
permission to hold the regatta, motorboat or other boat race, marine parade, tournament or exhibition. No such
event may be conducted without the written authorization of the Department.
3. The Director of the Department may require an applicant, or the sponsor of the event, as a condition of
the approval of a regatta, motorboat or other boat race, marine parade, tournament or exhibition, to enter into
an agreement to reimburse the Department for expenses incurred by the Department to ensure that the event
is conducted safely, including, without limitation, expenses for equipment used, expenses for personnel and
general operating expenses.
4. The application must set forth the date, time and location where it is proposed to hold the regatta,
motorboat or other boat race, marine parade, tournament or exhibition, the type of vessels participating, the
number and kind of navigational aids required and the name of a person who will be present at the event to
ensure that the conditions of the permit are satisfied.
5. The provisions of this section do not exempt any person from compliance with applicable federal law or
regulation.
NAC 488.460 Maximum noise level for operation of motorboats; fee for certain permits. (NRS 488.045,
501.181, 501.243)
1. A person shall not operate a motorboat in such a manner as to exceed:
(a) A noise level of 86 dB(A) measured at a distance of 50 feet or more from the motorboat as
prescribed in Society of Automotive Engineers Standards, SAE J34;
(b) For engines manufactured:
(1) Before January 1, 1993, a noise level of 90 dB(A) when subjected to a stationary sound level test
conducted in accordance with Society of Automotive Engineers Standards, SAE J2005; and
(2) On or after January 1, 1993, a noise level of 88 dB(A) when subjected to a stationary sound level
test conducted in accordance with Society of Automotive Engineers Standards, SAE J2005; or
(c) A noise level of 75 dB(A) measured as specified in Society of Automotive Engineers Standards,
SAE J1970, except that a measurement of noise level that is in compliance with this paragraph does
not preclude the conducting of a test of noise level pursuant to paragraph (a) or (b),
unless he has a permit issued in accordance with paragraph (d) of subsection 3 of NRS 488.195 or subsection
4 of NRS 488.195. The fee for a permit issued in accordance with paragraph (d) of subsection 3 of NRS
488.195 is $25.
2. A person shall not operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat in or upon the waters of
this State if the motorboat is equipped with an altered muffler, muffler cutout, muffler bypass or any other
device designed or installed so that it can be used continually or intermittently to bypass any muffler or muffler
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system installed on the motorboat, or to reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of such a muffler or muffler
system.
3. A person shall not remove, alter or otherwise modify in any way a muffler or muffler system installed on a
motorboat in such a manner as to prevent the muffler or muffler system from being operated in accordance
with this section.
4. A peace officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this section who has reason to believe that a
motorboat is being operated in violation of the noise levels established in this section may direct the operator of
the motorboat to submit the motorboat to an on-site test to measure noise level. An operator of a motorboat
who receives a request from a peace officer pursuant to this subsection to test the noise level of the motorboat
shall allow the motorboat to be tested. If, based on a test to determine the noise level of a motorboat
administered pursuant to this section, the noise level of the motorboat exceeds the decibel levels established
in this section, the peace officer shall direct the operator of the motorboat to take immediate and reasonable
measures to correct the violation, including, without limitation, returning the motorboat to a mooring and
keeping the motorboat at the mooring until the motorboat no longer operates in violation of this section.
5. A copy of the conditions and restrictions for conducting a test of noise levels to determine if a motorboat is
in violation of the maximum noise levels set forth in this section may be obtained free of charge from the main
or any regional office of the division.
NAC 488.500 Diagram of course for main event required with application for permission; fee required;
waiver of fee.
1. The person in charge of any marine event must enclose with his application to the division for permission
to hold a marine event a diagram of the course showing the placement of safety patrols and a description of all
other steps taken to ensure the safety of all participants, observers and spectators, whether afloat or on land.
2. The fee for a marine event is $50. The fee will be waived if the applicant is required to obtain a permit for
the temporary placement of buoys for marine events pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection 3 of NAC
488.495.
WHERE TO SEND APPLICATION:
Submit your application and fee to the appropriate office listed below.
Western Region
Southern Region
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Special Licenses and Permits
4747 Vegas Dr.; Las Vegas, NV 89108
1100 Valley Rd, Reno, NV 89512
Telephone: (702) 486-5127
Telephone: (775) 688-1500
Counties: Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Nye
Counties: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas,
Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey,
Washoe
Eastern Region
Nevada Department of Wildlife
60 Youth Center Road; Elko, NV 89801
Telephone: (775) 777-2300
Counties: Elko, Eureka, Lander, White Pine
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