Vessel Turn-in Program
If you own a boat less than 45-feet in length that’s in poor condition or no longer functions, you might be eligible for DNR’s Vessel Turn-in Program.
What is the Vessel Turn-in Program?
The purpose of the program is to enable DNR to dismantle vessels that do not yet satisfy the definition of “derelict” or “abandoned” but are likely to become derelict or abandoned in the near future.
The goal of the Vessel Turn-in Program is to prevent boats from becoming derelict or abandoned and potentially harming water quality and/or threatening public safety.
Will DNR pay me for my vessel?
No. But if you qualify, the disposal is free.
Funding for the vessel turn-in program comes from the Derelict Vessel Removal Account, but may not exceed $200,000 per biennium.
What kinds of vessels will the program take?
Eligible participants include Washington residents and businesses that own or have gained title to a vessel which is 45 feet or less in length where the vessel is:
- In an advanced state of disrepair, with minimal or no value.
- Is likely to soon become derelict or abandoned, and
- The title-holding owners do not have the resources to properly dispose of the vessel.
How do I qualify for the program?
To participate in the program, you must:
- Meet the requirements on the VTIP Eligibility Criteria checklist.
- Submit an application to the Department of Natural Resources.
- Remove personal belongings from the boat.
- Meet a DNR representative at the vessel for an evaluation (DNR staff will schedule this evaluation after the application is received).
When can I bring my vessel in for disposal?
DNR will accept and review applications on an ongoing basis but will conduct disposals quarterly. DNR will be working with various contractors and boatyards throughout the state. Public response will help determine dates and locations for disposals. Check this web page for details or contact the VITP program at: email@example.com or 360-902-BOAT (2628).
This is a pilot program, and because we don’t know the level of interest, we will evaluate applications quarterly on a first-come, first-served basis. If we have a high demand or if funding becomes an issue, DNR will rate each vessel based on the application criteria (i.e., vessel age, condition and location).
DNR will give priority to vessels that are at a higher risk of becoming derelict or abandoned, and will evaluate the “best value” removals for the state. If all other vessels are equal in scoring, DNR will use a lottery system to determine which vessels will be accepted.
What if I want to get rid of my boat but don’t qualify for the VITP?
You have several options*, including:
- Donate your boat. Some charities accept motorboats, sailboats, personal watercraft, and other vessels, as tax-deductible donations. The boat will generally need to be in decent condition to use as a donation. Be sure to file a report of sale with Washington State Department of Licensing if you transfer the boat.
- Call your local landfill to see if they will accept boats and what their requirements are. You will probably need to drain and remove engine blocks and fuel tanks prior to dropping off a vessel. Metals can be recycled.
- Call your nearest boatyard or salvage company to see if they can dispose of the boat and what they will charge.
* DNR assumes no liability for any vessel disposal conducted using one of the above-mentioned disposal options. Vessels outside of the VTIP program remain the responsibility of the vessels’ owner(s). Pursuance of any of the above-mentioned disposal options is voluntary and is undertaken at the sole direction of the vessel owner(s).