PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public comments on multiple proposed boating and water sports rule changes.
On Jan. 13, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved a draft notice of proposed rulemaking, amending Article 5, which outlines boating and water sports regulations and fees. The deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule changes is Sunday, March 5
The following are among the proposed changes:
- Requiring a signature be notarized/witnessed when the seller is not listed as the owner on the current registration or the signature of the buyer or seller is in question.
- Allowing owners to obtain a duplicate watercraft registration/decal at www.azgfd.gov/boating.
- Increasing the valid timeframe for a temporary certificate from 30 to 45 days and allowing a watercraft agent to issue a temporary certificate with the sale of a used watercraft.
- Requiring liveries to affix a placard on the watercraft indicating the business name and phone number, and requiring a person who rents, leases or offers a watercraft for hire to register as a livery.
- Requiring a wake surfer to wear a personal floatation device and that an operator ensure an observer is watching if a person is being towed behind the watercraft and/or surfing a wake created by the watercraft.
- Prohibiting teak surfing, which is pulling a person from a vessel’s swim platform.
- Requiring towing companies to notify the owner/lienholder that they have taken possession of a vessel within 15 days of obtaining the information from the department.
- Authorizing a third-party vendor to process new watercraft registrations, transfers, renewals and duplicate registrations.
The public can also provide comment on the following proposed fee increases:
- Watercraft transfer fee to $13
- Duplicate decal and certificate number fee to $8
- Dealer certificate of number fee to $20
- Establish an abandoned/unreleased watercraft application fee of $100
- Transfer of ownership of a towed watercraft application fee to $100
The proposed changes were recommended as part of a legally required five-year review of the department’s administrative rules. For more information or to view the complete list of proposed Article 5 changes, visit www.azgfd.com/agency and click on “Rulemaking.”