The Commission, in partnership with the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, is administering the Tomales Bay Mooring Program. This page provides essential information for existing private mooring owners on Tomales Bay and those who are interested in installing a new mooring. The information here is provided for mooring lease applicants to ensure that moorings on Tomales Bay are in compliance with state and federal regulations.
The Commission is now accepting mooring lease applications from any party interested in applying for a mooring lease within the sovereign lands of Tomales Bay. All mooring lease applicants are required to submit a Commission mooring lease application, and provide all required additional information as outlined in the Tomales Bay Mooring Program Requirements. The total transition period for existing mooring owners to obtain or be in the process of applying for a Commission mooring lease is six months, ending on February 10, 2016. Without exception, all moorings must hold a valid lease or be in the process for obtaining a lease by February 10, 2016.
For additional information or to request a hard copy of the lease application, contact:
Public Land Manager
Nick Lavoie | 916.574.0452
Attention Current Mooring Owners:
If a green tag was placed on your mooring:
If a yellow tag was placed on your mooring:
A yellow tag means that an existing mooring is located in an area prohibited by the criteria of the Tomales Bay Mooring Program. Do not attempt to remove this mooring as it could cause damage to sensitive habitat. The owner of this mooring must contact the Sanctuary representative listed on the yellow tag for further instructions.
Once yellow-tagged mooring owners determine a new location, the documents provided under the “green tag” section above should be used. To help owners of yellow-tagged moorings who are interested in applying for a mooring lease in a new location, we have designed an Interactive PDF Map that can show all the mooring criteria throughout Tomales Bay.
Private vessel moorings in Tomales Bay must meet all standards outlined in the Tomales Bay Mooring Program Requirements. It includes all criteria and requirements for private vessel moorings in Tomales Bay. This document should be used as the main source of information for potential Tomales Bay mooring lease applicants and mooring owners. Topics outlined in this document include:
- An overview of the Mooring Program and the purpose and need for the Program
- Information on the initial roll-out of the program and instructions for owners of existing unpermitted moorings
- An explanation of Program applicability and exemptions
- Commission Mooring Program lease requirements
- Special conditions for Tomales Bay mooring leases
- Mooring siting criteria and requirements for the location of moorings
- Mooring tackle requirements
- Mooring inspection and maintenance requirements
- Information on the Commission mooring lease application process and information submittal requirements
- Mooring installation and positioning
- Provisions for termination of the Commission mooring lease, and
- Compliance monitoring and enforcement
Mooring Lease Application Guide
The Commission administers the Tomales Bay Mooring Program to issue leases for individual moorings on public submerged lands within Tomales Bay. Without exceptions, all owners of private vessel moorings located on sovereign land within Tomales Bay are required to obtain a General Lease – Recreational Use from the Commission. This application packet contains instructions for boaters interested in applying for a Commission lease for a private mooring on Tomales Bay.
Instructions for applying:
- Download (or request a hardcopy) of the Commission Mooring Lease Application for State Lands within Tomales Bay.
- Download (or request a hardcopy) of the Tomales Bay Mooring Program Requirements document. All private moorings in Tomales Bay will need to comply with the policies and criteria in this document.
- Fill out the application completely and submit all of the required information with a non-refundable application processing fee of $25.00 and a minimum expense deposit of $1,200.00 to Commission staff**.
- If the lease application is approved by the Commission, the Lessee will have 90-days to have the mooring installed in the approved location by an approved Mooring Contractor. In addition to the installation, an approved Mooring Contractor must also complete all required future inspections and maintenance. Installation and inspection instructions as well as an up to date list of approved contractors can be found on the Mooring Program website.
**Please submit a check or money order payable to the California State Lands Commission, and submit to the following address:
California State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825
Attention: Nick Lavoie
A credit card can be used by calling our Accounting Unit, at 916.562.0026 (Mastercard, Visa, and Novus/Discover Cards are accepted).
Mooring Program FAQs
How much does a Tomales Bay mooring lease cost?
Where are moorings allowed within Tomales Bay? Can I moor outside the zones?
What are the requirements for mooring in the bay?
- Ensuring that the mooring equipment is inspected and maintained by an approved Mooring Contractor. The lessee must check the approved Mooring Contractor webpage prior to scheduling an installation or inspection
- Informing the Commission of any changes (moored vessel, mailing address, telephone number, etc.)
- Submitting proof of vessel and mooring insurance annually, and
- Staying current on payment of annual rent
When can I apply for a Tomales Bay Mooring Lease?
How will my application be processed?
What are the requirements for mooring installation?
See the following website for a list of approved Mooring Contractors: http://farallones.noaa.gov/eco/tomales/contractors.html