Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Permits

IMPORTANT: The City of Bellingham will be applying a $10 discount (before purchase) to all annual permits purchased during the COVID-19 crisis.

All boats are required to have a valid permit when launching and while operating on Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish. Resident boats will need to have an annual permit to remain on the lake throughout the season.

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 on-site appointment. Please call in advance as we have limited staff available for on-site appointments.

If you have paid online, please provide your name to an inspector when you arrive at the check station so they can look up your payment. You will receive your AIS permit after passing the inspection.

Registered Watercraft

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