2011 ORS § 830.435¹
Ocean charter vessel license
  • reciprocity with Washington license holders
  • rules
  • license and fee in lieu of other requirements

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person may not engage in the business of carrying passengers for hire for angling, sightseeing or other recreational purposes in ocean waters within the jurisdiction of this state without first obtaining an ocean charter vessel license from the State Marine Board.

(2) The board may adopt rules allowing a person who holds a license or registration issued by the State of Washington to engage in the business of carrying passengers for hire for angling, sightseeing or other recreational purposes to conduct those activities if:

(a) The person operates a vessel that leaves from and returns to a port in the State of Washington;

(b) The person operates the vessel within the jurisdiction of this state in the Pacific Ocean north of Cape Falcon, or in the Columbia River; and

(c) The State of Washington adopts provisions that allow engaging in the business of carrying passengers for hire for angling, sightseeing or other recreational purposes with a valid Oregon ocean charter vessel license within the jurisdiction of the State of Washington in the Pacific Ocean south of Leadbetter Point, or in the Columbia River.

(3) The license required by subsection (1) of this section is in lieu of registration required by ORS chapter 704 to carry passengers for hire for angling, sightseeing or other recreational purposes in any navigable waters of this state. Payment of the license fee referred to in ORS 830.440 (License application) (2)(b) is in lieu of any other fee or tax for the possession, use or operation of the vessel. [1989 c.885 §3; 1993 c.132 §1; 2005 c.115 §§2,4; 2007 c.148 §2]