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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-1208




[58 PA. CODE CH. 93]

Boating; Boat Registration and Numbering

[53 Pa.B. 5615]
[Saturday, September 9, 2023]

 The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) amends Chapter 93 (relating to boat registration and numbering). The Commission is publishing this final-form rulemaking under the authority of 30 Pa.C.S. (relating to Fish and Boat Code) (code). The amendments update the Commission's regulations pertaining to registration and titling of boats.

A. Effective Date

 This final-form rulemaking will go into effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

B. Contact Person

 For further information on this final-form rulemaking, contact Renae Kluk Kiehl, Esq., P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, (717) 705-7810. This final-form rulemaking is available on the Commission's web site at

C. Statutory Authority

 The amendment to § 93.1 (relating to registration) is published under the statutory authority of section 5308 of the code (relating to period of registration). The amendment to § 93.5 (relating to display of registration number and validation decal) is published under the statutory authority of section 5122 of the code (relating to registrations, licenses, permits, plates and statistics).

D. Purpose and Background

 The specific purpose and background of the amendments are described in more detail under the summary of changes.

E. Summary of Changes

 The act of June 27, 2022 (P.L. 386, No. 28) (Act 28), amended section 5308 of the code regarding registration and titling of boats. Act 28 established a calendar-year boat registration cycle that is valid from January 1 through December 31.

 Act 28 requires the Commission to promulgate final regulations to implement the amendments and publish them in the Pennsylvania Bulletin within 18 months of the effective date of section 2 of Act 28. The Commission has identified two relevant sections of 58 Pa. Code (relating to recreation) that require amendments to be consistent with Act 28.

 Additionally, the Commission has identified language in § 93.1(a) relating to ''State Owned'' boat registrations which is inconsistent with the statutory registration period and Commission practices. ''State Owned'' boats are issued 2-year registration certificates.

 The Commission amends §§ 93.1 and 93.5 to read as set forth at 53 Pa.B. 1679 (March 25, 2023).

F. Paperwork

 This final-form rulemaking will not increase paperwork and will not create new paperwork requirements.

G. Fiscal Impact

 This final-form rulemaking will have no adverse fiscal impact on the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions.

H. Public Comments

 A notice of proposed rulemaking was published at 53 Pa.B. 1679. The Commission did not receive any public comments regarding the proposal.


 The Commission finds that:

 (1) Public notice of intention to adopt the amendment adopted by this order has been given under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240) (45 P.S. §§ 1201 and 1202), referred to as the Commonwealth Documents Law, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2 (relating to notice of proposed rulemaking required; and adoption of regulations).

 (2) A public comment period was provided and no public comments were received.

 (3) The adoption of the amendment of the Commission in the manner provided in this order is necessary and appropriate for administration and enforcement of the authorizing statutes.


 The Commission, acting under the authorizing statutes, orders that:

 (A) The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapter 93, are amended by amending §§ 93.1 and 93.5 to read as set forth at 53 Pa.B. 1679.

 (B) The Executive Director will submit this order and 53 Pa.B. 1679 to the Office of Attorney General for approval as to legality and form as required by law.

 (C) The Executive Director shall certify this order and 53 Pa.B. 1679 and deposit them with the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.

 (D) This order shall take effect upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note 48-341 remains valid for the final adoption of the subject regulations.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-1208. Filed for public inspection September 8, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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