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Changes To Boating Regulations

A brief History of the Maryland State Boat Act​ and A First-hand Account Regarding Creation of the Maryland Boat Act​ explain how the act came into existence.​​​​​​

The information provided on this webpage is a summary of regulatory ideas and proposals that are being considered by the department. The purpose of posting this text is to make the public aware of the issues and to elicit public feedback on these ideas. Comments on the ideas presented provide the department with invaluable information and perspectives that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. We appreciate your time and your commitment to Maryland’s natural resources. The graphic within each topic will help you follow the change through the regulatory process.

​If you wish to request a boating regulation change, please fill out one of the following forms:

Boating Regulation Change Requests are accepted annually through April 15. Requests  submitted after the April 15 annual deadline will be considered the next calendar year.

If interested in more information on how to submit a Request for a Boating Regulation Change,
please call Mike Lathroum at 410-260-8272​​ or email:

​Click on a title below to be taken to a regulation change.

Maryland State Boat Act

The Maryland State Boat Act was enacted in 1960 to work in harmony with the United States Coast Guard regulatory scheme and provided that revenue generated through regulating boating activity would be earmarked for boating and maritime purposes. Perhaps the most important idea was that in Maryland, boaters would administer boating with the support of the boating community. A brief History of the Maryland State Boat Act​ and A First-hand Account Regarding Creation of the Maryland Boat Act​ explain how the act came into existence.​​​​​​

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