Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Permits

Inspection Stations at Bloedel Donovan, South Bay, Sudden Valley, and Lake Samish are closed until at least May 5*.

*COVID-19 Update: Watercraft inspections for the prevention of aquatic invasive species will not be available until at least May 5, 2020. Boat ramps at South Bay and Lake Samish are also closed. This is necessary to comply with the WA Executive Order for COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of all of our inspectors and customers at this difficult time. Updates will be made to this website as more information becomes available.

IMPORTANT: The City of Bellingham will be applying a $10 discount (before purchase) to all annual permits purchased online during the COVID-19 crisis. We have eliminated the handling of credit cards and checks at our check stations this season for the safety of our inspectors.

If you need to get your vessel inspected and permitted OR if your vessel is returning from out of the area and needs to be re-inspected, please call (360) 778-7975 to schedule an appointment or to be added to a wait list for when inspection services resume.

Please remember to clean, drain and dry your boats and gear in between lakes and rivers to prevent the spread of aquatic plants and animals.

Registered Watercraft

Vessels that are 16 feet or longer and/or have 10 or more horsepower

Non-Registered Motorized Watercraft

Vessels that are 16 feet or smaller and have a 10 or less horsepower engine or trolling motor

Non-Registered Non-Motorized Watercraft

Hand-carried boats like canoes, kayaks, and rowboats.

  • Annual Permits ($0) unlimited inspections (valid through Dec 31)
  • No payment required.
  • Permits will be issued at the check station after the watercraft has passed inspection.



​Whatcom Boat Inspection Hotline: (360) 778-7975

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