Boat + Motor Permits

Required Permits

Boat and motor permits are required for the use of all Jackson County lakes and waterways. All Kayaks, Canoes, inflatable rafts, pedal boats, windsurfers, stand up-paddle boards (SUPs), sailboards and all similar type of watercraft are required to display a Jackson County Boat Permit as described on this page. All watercraft must be at least eight feet in length. Annual and one-day ramp permits are available.

If you have a kayak or canoe, please view #4 on our FAQs for information. 

Permit fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please contact the Administration/Permit Office at 816-503-4805 with questions and for information regarding out-of-state registrations.

Administration Hours

Winter:     October 1 - March 31
                 Monday thru Friday
                 8:00 am - 5 pm   

Summer:  April 1 - September 30 
                 7 Days a Week
                 8:00 am - 5 pm

One-Day Boat Permit Fees

A one-day boat permit fee for all watercraft types and Horsepower will be $30 per day. You may also purchase the permit at Blue SpringsLake Jacomo and Longview Marinas.

One-Day Boat Permits can also be purchased online.

Annual Permit Fees

What You'll Need

In order to purchase annual boat and motor permits, you need:

- Proof of Ownership of all boats/motors to be registered (titles or pink slips with registration numbers and motor horse powers listed)

Current Missouri Watercraft Registration Certificate - The State of Missouri requires all vessels powered by machinery and all sailboats over 12 feet in length to be titled and have a certificate number. You must present a current and valid Watercraft Registration to permit your vessel.

Personal Property Tax Receipt with boats and motors listed, if owned on January 1 of that year (Jackson County residents only; new residents of the County will be required to obtain a "Statement of Non-Assessment from the Jackson County Department of Assessment).

Annual Boat Permit Fees - All County Lakes

Resident or Not
County Resident
Non-Resident (Lake Jacomo Only)

Annual Combo Permit Fees - Personal Watercraft Only

Resident or Not
County Resident
Non-Resident $100

Annual Motor Permit Fees - All County Lakes

Horsepower Fee
$1.00 per Horsepower

Note: All annual boat and motor permits are half price August 1 - December 31.

Annual Permits are also available at: