Navigable Waters Fee Review

Jul 06, 2018 Statewide

In Fall 2017, the Nevada Division of State Lands (NDSL) launched a public process to update Nevada’s navigable waters fees.  As part of our commitment to engaging and empowering our communities, we’re pleased to offer Nevada residents the opportunity to review the proposed fee schedule, provide feedback, and ask questions.


When Nevada became a state in 1864, the federal government transferred title to the bed and banks of navigable waters, or Sovereign Lands, to the new state.  The State holds title to these lands in trust for the people of Nevada.

As you may know, placing a pier, buoy or other structure on Sovereign Lands requires a permit (or other authorization) and the payment of fees set in statute (NRS 322).  These fees were last updated in 1993, and have not changed in 25 years.  As a result, Nevada’s fees are well below current fair market value. 

Process to date

During the 2017 legislative session, Senate Bill 512 was passed, authorizing the State Land Registrar to establish certain fees by regulation for the use and occupancy of state-owned lands.  Importantly, through SB 512, annual proceeds from fees, in excess of $65,000, will be used to help fund environmental improvement and restoration projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

After SB 512 was passed, NDSL began the process to review the State’s navigable waters fees and solicit public input at four workshops: Two workshops were held in southern Nevada in October 2017, and two workshops were held in northern Nevada in November 2017. 

Please see the attached presentation and proposed fee schedule provided at the workshops.  NDSL will hold one more workshop before a public hearing is scheduled in upcoming months.  If you’d like to attend, details will be posted on this website as they become available.

If you have any questions or comments, please use this link to contact Brenda Swart. Thank you for your support.