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Policy Controls

NBPA Rules and Regulations

The NBPA implements a set of rules and regulations, or policy controls, in order to operate efficiently and safely to meet the needs of its users. The NBPA also abides by external policies and/or regulations and coordinates with local, state and/or federal agencies as well as community organizations in order to implement projects and/or run its operations

In the Administration Section, you will find the rules and regulations for:

  • Insurance
  • Permit Requirements
  • Wharf Rules
  • Repairs & Vessel Maintenance
  • Trash Disposal
  • Parking Fire Lanes
  • Damage
  • Deliveries
  • Safety Precautions
  • Indemnification & Liability
  • Penalties

You will also see the NBPA Policy Controls for:

  • Safety & Security
  • Environmental Management
  • Green Port Program
  • Fishing For Energy

The NBPA publishes adopted rules and regulations in it's Rules and Regulations Booklet (Links Temporarily Disabled) and Official Mooring and Anchoring Regulations


The following sections summarize permit requirements, fees, and conduct on City-owned piers and other facilities.



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