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58 Pa. Code § 53.27. Use permits for unpowered boats.

§ 53.27. Use permits for unpowered boats.

 (a)  The Commission and issuing agents designated by the Commission will issue use permits for unpowered boats when their owners choose not to register them to use Commission lakes and access areas.

 (b)  Use permits will be issued in the form of decals, showing the expiration date. Decals shall be clearly displayed on both sides of the hull amidships below the gunwale. For low-volume boats, such as kayaks, decals shall be placed on both sides of the deck amidships.

 (c)  An applicant for a use permit shall provide the following information:

   (1)  The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.

   (2)  A description of the boat (make, model, year).

   (3)  The Hull Identification Number (HIN) of the boat (if readily available).

 (d)  A use permit is issued for a specific boat. It is unlawful to transfer a use permit issued for a specific boat to another boat. A use permit remains effective for the boat for which it is issued even if ownership of the boat is changed during the term of the permit.

 (e)  Use permits are valid for 1 or 2 years. The expiration date of a 1-year use permit is December 31 of the year for which it is issued. The expiration date of a 2-year use permit is December 31 of the second year for which it was issued.

 (f)  The initial fees for the use permits are $10 for a 1-year permit and $18 for a 2-year permit. The Executive Director may, by notice published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, adjust these fees so that they remain the same as the resident price for 1-year and 2-year boat launching permits as established in the schedule of fees published, and from time-to-time revised, by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for State parks and forests. Whenever a use permit authorized by this section is issued by an issuing agent other than the Commission or the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the issuing agent may charge an issuing agent fee not to exceed $1 per transaction for issuing the permit.


   The provisions of this §  53.27 issued under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. §  742(e).


   The provisions of this §  53.27 adopted June 15, 2001, effective June 16, 2001, however the Commission will not issue use permits until December 1, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 3202; amended September 13, 2002, effective September 14, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 4483; corrected December 13, 2002, effective September 14, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 6128. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (290760).

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