Boat Permits

Obtain a Boat Permit

Permits are required for all boats in Norfolk's Reservoirs, including canoes, kayaks and motorized boats.

The annual and daily boat permits are available at the following locations:

Department of Utilities

401 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-664-6701


Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oceans East II

5785 Northampton Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone: 757-464-6544


Monday through Saturday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

G’Daddy’s Bait and Tackle

14340 Carrollton Blvd
Carrollton, VA 23314
(At the intersection of Rt 17 and Rt 258)

Phone: 757-745-7605


Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday: Closed

City Code for using the Reservoirs

View the City of Norfolk Code (PDF) that relates to the use of the reservoir

Permits by Mail

Permits are also available by mail. You can download and print the file (PDF). Please allow ten to 14 days to process the boat permit by mail. Please call 757-664-6701 for more information.

Rate Schedule

Boat permits are valid January 1 through December 31. There is no provision for pro-rating the cost of the permits.

Permit TypeFee
Norfolk Residents$20
Non-Norfolk Residents$40
Seniors (62 and over)$10
Daily Permit$5 / day