Chapter 14.04


14.04.010    Authorization.

14.04.020    Application and justification.

14.04.030    Liability for damages.

14.04.040    Public employees—Compliance required.

14.04.050    Authorized emergency vessels and watercraft exempt.

14.04.060    Repealed.

14.04.070    Repealed.

14.04.080    Penalties for violations.

14.04.090    Statutes adopted by reference.

*    For the statutory provisions regarding watercraft generally, see Chapter 88.04 RCW.

14.04.010 Authorization.

The city in the exercise of its police power hereby assumes control and jurisdiction over all waters within its limits, and such waters shall, for the purpose of this title, be known as “the harbor.” This title shall be known and may be cited as the Kirkland Harbor code. (Ord. 4406 § 1, 2013: Ord. 800 § 1, 1960)

14.04.020 Application and justification.

The provisions of this title shall be applicable to all vessels and watercraft operating in the harbor of the city. As authorized by RCW 35A.21.290, the powers and jurisdiction of the city with boundaries adjacent to or fronting on any lake, or other navigable waters, shall extend into and over such waters to the middle of such lake or other waters in every manner and for every purpose that such powers and jurisdiction could be exercised if the waters were within the city limits. The provisions of this title shall be construed to supplement United States laws and state laws and regulations when not expressly inconsistent therewith in the harbor where such United States and state laws and regulations are applicable. (Ord. 4406 § 2, 2013: Ord. 800 § 4, 1960)

14.04.030 Liability for damages.

Nothing in this title shall be construed so as to release any person owning or controlling any vessel, watercraft, pier, obstruction or other structure from any liability for damages, and the safeguards to life and property required in this title shall not be construed as relieving any person from installing and maintaining all other safeguards that may be required by law. (Ord. 800 § 50, 1960)

14.04.040 Public employees—Compliance required.

The provisions of this title shall apply to the operator of any vessel or watercraft owned by or used in the service of the United States Government, or of this state, or of any political subdivision thereof. (Ord. 800 § 53, 1960)

14.04.050 Authorized emergency vessels and watercraft exempt.

The provisions of this title shall be applicable to the operation of any and all vessels or watercraft in the harbor of the city, except that they shall not apply in the following cases:

To any authorized emergency vessel or watercraft actually responding to an emergency call or in immediate pursuit of any actual or suspected violator of the law; provided, that the provisions of this section shall not relieve the operator of an authorized emergency vessel or watercraft of the duty to operate with due regard for the safety of all persons using the city harbor. (Ord. 4406 § 3, 2013: Ord. 800 § 54, 1960)

14.04.060 Preservation of actions.

Repealed by Ord. 4406. (Ord. 800 § 60, 1960)

14.04.070 Evidence of payment of King County boat tax required.

Repealed by Ord. 4406. (Ord. 2897 § 1, 1985)

14.04.080 Penalties for violations.

Unless otherwise specified, any violation of this title is a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of one hundred fifty dollars per violation. (Ord. 4356 § 4, 2012)

14.04.090 Statutes adopted by reference.

The following statutes of the state of Washington, including those statutes, rules and/or regulations referenced within them, as presently constituted or hereafter amended or recodified, are hereby adopted by reference and shall be given the same force and effect as if fully set forth herein:

RCW 7.80.120

Monetary penalties—Restitution.

RCW 7.84.100

Monetary penalties.

RCW 79A.60.010


RCW 79A.60.020

Violations of chapter punishable as misdemeanor—Circumstances—Violations designated as civil infractions.

RCW 79A.60.030

Operation of vessel in a negligent manner—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.040

Operation of vessel in a reckless manner—Operation of a vessel under the influence of intoxicating liquor—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.080

Failure to stop for law enforcement vessel.

RCW 79A.60.100

Enforcement—Chapter to supplement federal law.

RCW 79A.60.110

Equipment standards—Rules—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.120

Tampering with vessel lights or signals—Exhibiting false lights or signals—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.130

Muffler or underwater exhaust system required—Exemptions—Enforcement—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.140

Personal flotation devices—Inspection and approval—Rules.

RCW 79A.60.150

Failure of vessel to contain required equipment—Liability of operator or owner—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.160

Personal flotation devices required—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.170

Waterskiing safety—Requirements.

RCW 79A.60.180

Loading or powering vessel beyond safe operating ability—Penalties.

RCW 79A.60.190

Operation of personal watercraft—Prohibited activities—Penalties.

RCW 79A.60.200

Duty of operator involved in collision, accident, or other casualty—Immunity from liability of persons rendering assistance—Penalties.

RCW 79A.60.640

Requirements to operate motor driven boats/vessels—Exemptions—Penalty.

RCW 79A.60.660

Operating motor driven boat or vessel for teak surfing, platform dragging, bodysurfing—Prohibition—Exceptions—Penalty.

RCW 88.02.310


RCW 88.02.340

Inspection of registration—Violation of chapter.

RCW 88.02.380

Penalties—Disposition of moneys collected—Enforcement authority.

RCW 88.02.400

Evasive registration—Penalty.

RCW 88.02.510

Application—When, by whom.

RCW 88.02.550

Registration and display of registration number and decal prerequisite to ownership or operation of vessel—Exceptions.

RCW 88.02.560

Application—Registration fee and excise tax—Registration number and decal—Registration periods—Renewals—Marine oil refuse dump and holding tank information—Transfer of registrations.

RCW 88.02.570

Exceptions from vessel registration.

RCW 88.02.650

Issuance of registrations—Agents—Deposit of fees in general fund—Allocation for boating safety and education and law enforcement.

RCW 88.02.655

Allocation of funds under RCW 88.02.040 to counties—Deposit to account for boating safety programs.

RCW 88.02.790

Vessel dealer display decals—Use.

RCW 88.02.795

Additional penalties for unauthorized or personal use of dealer display decals.

(Ord. 4406 § 5, 2013)