Commercial Ferry Certificate

What is the purpose of this permit?
Commercial ferry means every corporation, company, association, joint stock association, partnership, and/or person owning, controlling, leasing, operating, or managing any vessel over and upon the waters of the state of Washington.
Who issues this permit?
Utilities and Transportation Commission
How much will this permit cost?
$200 Application, Extension, Transfer, or Temporary fee.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Commercial Ferry Application' is online and can be accessed at
Do I need to include anything with my application?
Must provide and maintain appropriate insurance (Form E).
How long will it take to review my application?
It takes a minimum of 31 to 51 days to process a completed application which includes a mandatory 30-day protest period (WAC 480-51-040). If the application is protested, it will go to an administrative hearing and may take several months for a decision.
Where do I submit my application?
Click here to upload and e-File your application. Note your electronic filing confirmation number and fee amount.
Click here to pay online
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 50
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 50

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1

(Summary results based on 1 submittals in 2020, no data for current year)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: 360-664-1222
Subject matter expert phone: 360-664-1222
Subject matter expert email:
Other: How to File Tariffs and Time Schedules
Utilities and Transportation Commission
621 Woodland Square Loop SE
PO Box 47250, Olympia WA 98504-7250
Lacey, WA 98503
Telephone: (360) 664-1160
* Permit information last updated 10/5/2021