Boat Permits

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Obtain a Boat Permit

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

2022 Boat Permit are available at the location listed below and by mail

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 available by mail. You can download and print the file (PDF). Please call 757-664-6701 for more information.

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

Department of Utilities

500 East Main St., 7th Floor
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-664-6701


Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oceans East Bait & Tackle

5785 Northampton Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone: 757-464-6544


Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

G’Daddy’s Bait and Tackle

15042-J Carrollton Blvd
Carrollton, VA 23314

Phone: 757-745-7605


Monday -Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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