Boating Safety and Enforcement Financial Aid Program


Purpose of the Program

The Boating Safety and Enforcement (BS&E) Financial Aid Program was established in 1969 by Assembly Bill 1827, which became Section 663.7 of the Harbors and Navigation Code (H&N) once enacted. Section 6593 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) was developed in 2002 to further implement this program.

The purpose of the BS&E Financial Aid Program is to provide State financial aid to local governmental agencies whose waterways have high usage by transient boaters and an insufficient tax base to fully support a boating safety and enforcement program. The program is intended to augment existing local resources for boating safety and enforcement activities and is not intended to fully fund BS&E programs. Local participation in the program in entirely voluntary. Any local agency may opt not to participate in the program if they choose to spend their boat taxes on activities other than boating safety and enforcement activities.

How is the Program Funded?

The monies to support this program are funded through the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund.

What are Boating Safety and Enforcement Activities?

For the purpose of receiving state financial aid under Section 663.7 of the harbors and Navigation Code, Boating safety and enforcement activities include the following:

  • Enforcement of State and local laws and regulations for boating activities by means of vessel, foot patrol, motor vehicle, or aircraft. Educating the public on State and local laws and regulations is included as enforcement.
  • Inspection of Vessels for compliance with required safety equipment, registration requirements, and sanitation and pollution control that satisfy the intent of the State law.
  • Supervision of organized on–the-water boating activities or water events that allows for the protection and safety of the boating public during such activities or events.
  • Search and Rescue Operations originating from on-the-water boating activities, including the recovery of drowned bodies that are a result of boating activities.

What costs are allowable?

  • Personnel
  • Operations, Maintenance and Equipment
  • Administration

Who currently participates in the program?

County State Aid
Amador County Sheriff’s Department $104,136
Butte County Sheriff’s Department $159,342
Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department $174,926
Colusa county Sheriff’s Department $107,210
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department $638,249
Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department $141,000
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department $319,546
Fresno County Sheriff’s Department $452,764
Glenn County Sheriff’s Department $108,111
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department $121,530
Imperial County Sheriff’s Department $253,866
Kings County Sheriff’s Department $75,017
Lake County Sheriff’s Department $315,312
Lassen County Sheriff’s Department $109,172
Los Angeles County Fire Department $2,120,000
Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department $231,827
Mono County Sheriff’s Department $131,065
Napa County Sheriff’s Department $308,150
Nevada County Sheriff’s Department $96,674
Placer County Sheriff’s Department $72,475
Plumas County Sheriff’s Department $132,511
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department $406,236
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department $301,908
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department $586,596
Shasta County Sheriff’s Department $584,990
Sierra County Sheriff’s Department $57,088
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department $71,489
Solano County Sheriff’s Department $317,133
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department $513,899
City of South Lake Tahoe Police Department $56,464
Suisun City Police Department $43,753
Sutter County Sheriff’s Department $214,800
Tehama County Sheriff’s Department $133,448
Trinity County Sheriff’s Department $114,543
Tulare County Sheriff’s Department $256,932
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department $279,343
Yolo County Sheriff’s Department $322,264
Yuba County Sheriff’s Department $166,131

Who do I contact for an application and or additional information?

If you are interested in applying for to become a participant in the Financial Aid Program either click on the Financial Aid Forms Link or contact Corrina Dugger, Associate Boating Administrator at (916) 327-1834 or e-mail at Corrina.Dugger@parks.ca.gov or you may write the:

California Division of Boating and Waterways
Attn: Corrina Dugger, Enforcement Unit
One Capitol Mall, Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95814

How do I appeal the denial of a permit, license, or application?

Contact the Acting Deputy Director of the Division at:

E-mail: Jared Zucker, Administrative Liaison to the Acting Deputy Director
Call: (888) 326-2822
Write: Colonel Christopher C. Conlin, USMC (Ret), Acting Deputy Director
  One Capitol Mall, Suite 410
  Sacramento, CA 95814