2024 Boating Regulations


General Information

The City of Charleston permits various events at Haddad Riverfront Park for the purpose of providing entertainment, to attract tourism, and to provide opportunities for people to take advantage of one of our greatest assets - our downtown riverfront area.

This article sets forth guidelines and conditions for the permitting and licensing of boaters to safely utilize designated electric power sources which may, at the city's discretion, be made available to boaters attending these events.

For code information, click here (via Municode Library)

For 2024 boating regulations and event dates, click here

2024 Special Event Boating Regulation for Charleston Sternwheel Regatta, click here


License Watercraft Size Term Price
Class A 40 feet in length or greater 2024 Season $100
Class B Less than 40 feet in length 2024 Season $100
Class C Any Length Single Event $25
Class D Any Length Special Permission To Be Determined By City Manager

To obtain your boating permit, you must visit the City Manager’s office located at City Hall at

501 Virginia Street East
Suite 101
Charleston, WV 25301

You must provide the following when filling out your boating permit:

  • Driver’s License
  • Current proof of insurance showing liability coverage
  • Payment for boating permit (Cash and Checks payable to City of Charleston accepted)

Please allow up to one week for your boating application to be processed.

Questions about your boating permit or regulations? Please call 304-348-8014 or e-mail Tommie Harless at tommie.harless@cityofcharleston.org